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Petroleum company CITGO today launched its 2011 "Fueling Good" program, which recognizes and rewards 501(c)3 organizations that make a positive difference in their communities. Non-profit organizations can win a share of $120,000 in CITGO fuel by telling their stories at www.FuelingGood.com. Up to 24 non-profit organizations will receive $5,000 in CITGO gift cards this year to support their causes.
The first leg of the program runs from today until July 13. Any 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in the 26 states and District of Columbia in which CITGO operates can submit an entry. The entries must be related to the following topics: increasing literacy and education, providing energy assistance and conservation to their communities, protecting and restoring natural habitats, or helping to build healthy, happy lives.
From July 14 to Aug. 11, the general public, along with volunteers and supporters, will be invited to vote for the entry they believe is doing the most good for a given community. From Sept. 1 to Sept. 28, a dozen more charities will have a chance to earn $5,000 in CITGO gift cards, during a fall entry period. Voting based upon those entries will take place from Sept. 29 to Oct. 27.
Meanwhile in Shreveport, La., Partners in Wellness is placing donation boxes in 61 Circle K stores. Donations made in these northern Louisiana stores will be used to help underwrite a mammography van. The van visits 21 communities in northern and central Louisiana and provides free mammograms to women without insurance.
In any place that high-speed Internet service is available, a radiologist at the Feist-Weiller LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport can instantly review the results of a mammogram and alert a woman of those results before she leaves the van.
"We invite our customers to join in the support for this local program, as well as take advantage of the services provided. All donations from Circle K go toward operation of the mobile cancer screening program," said Mitch Gladwin, Circle K regional operations director.
In other community service news, Molo Quint Petroleum LLC went green and gold at its Big 10 Mart stores in eastern Iowa and western Illinois during February and March. The stores sold green and gold paper shamrock mobiles to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
According to the retailer, its Big 10 Marts and Puff N Snuff stores have raised nearly $350,000 for the MDA during its efforts for the past 16 years. Money raised goes toward funding research and clinic visits at University of Iowa hospitals clinics, repairs on wheelchairs and more.