Chevron makes $1.25 million in donations to Mississippi nonprofits

Chevron announced today that donations equalling $1.25 million will be distributed between two non-profit organizations active in Mississippi: EXCEL BY 5, an early childhood community certification program, and the National Audubon Society in its efforts to develop the Pascagoula River Audubon Center.

“Today, Chevron is continuing the journey in its support of education-based initiatives,” said Chevron Pascagoula Refinery General Manager Tom Kovar. “With the completion of our Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts, we look forward to continuing our long-standing partnerships for the benefit of children on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

To celebrate Chevron’s contributions and also commemorate the company’s education-andchildcare-related partnerships after Hurricane Katrina, Chevron sponsored an “Energy for Learning” luncheon hosted by Kovar and Save the Children Senior Vice President Mark Shriver.

“Chevron’s outstanding leadership and on-going partnership with Save the Children after Hurricane Katrina has provided a model for future disaster response, addressing the unmet needs of children and allowing families and communities to get back on their feet,” said Shriver.

After Chevron restored 40 childcare centers in Jackson County following Hurricane Katrina, Save the Children and Mississippi State University, in partnership with Help and Hope Foundation, used what has become known as the ‘Chevron Model’ to restore an additional 37 centers along the Gulf Coast.

Because of Chevron’s efforts, six months after the storm more than 2,800 children had returned to quality childcare centers on the Gulf Coast.

In June 2006, Chevron continued its commitment to recovery by donating $4 million in “Energy for Learning” grants to South Mississippi school districts affected by the storm. Through “Energy for Learning,” Chevron also contributed $2 million to Save the Children for the construction of two state-of-2-the-art childcare centers in Pass Christian and Bay-Waveland.

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