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HOUSTON -- After the end of ExxonMobil's 2006 employee and retiree campaign, the company will contribute $11 million in cash to the United Way in the Houston and Baytown, Texas areas. Of the $11 million, $9.7 million will go to the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast and $1.3 million will benefit the United Way of Baytown.
The company added $4.2 million to the donation, bringing it to $15.2 million, through its Volunteer Involvement Program grants that were earned by employee and retiree volunteers at United Way's agencies. The funds will go to people that use the services provided by the United Way and its affiliates.
"We consider those we help through the United Way an extension of the ExxonMobil family," said 2006 United Way central campaign manager Pat Hewlett, of ExxonMobil Global Services Company. "Taking care of each other in our collective community is a priority for our company and an important part of the ExxonMobil tradition."
"Our employees' and retirees' commitment to helping alleviate need continues to be an inspiration. Almost every week you can find someone volunteering somewhere in the community," said Thomas R. Walters, president, ExxonMobil Global Services Company. "They realize the cumulative effect of giving back allows us to be a part of something larger than ourselves. Volunteerism is clearly a priority at ExxonMobil and we applaud our employees and retirees who pursue it with such enthusiasm."
To celebrate the occasion, representatives from ExxonMobil's Houston-based companies joined with its Baytown manufacturing complex to host a birthday party for senior citizens at the NCI Ripley House Community Center. Following that, the company presented the check to the United Way.
"ExxonMobil's unprecedented support of the United Way and our community is remarkable. It's demonstrated not just through the company's generous financial support, but through thousands of its employees' and retirees' time, money and talents that year round help shape the community's future," said United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast president Anna M. Babin. "They set an outstanding example for others to follow and we sincerely thank everyone at ExxonMobil for helping us do something about it, the United Way."