Cincinnati, Ohio,
08:24 PM

Cincinnati Biorefining Division reaches out to local school

Many residents of Cincinnati’s Lower Price Hill neighborhood qualify for financial assistance in feeding their families, but those funds don’t cover numerous other staples of daily life. As a result, employees at Marathon Petroleum Company LP’s (MPC’s) Cincinnati Biorefining Division partnered with a local school to help the residents.

“The Oyler Community Learning Center is a pre-K through 12th-grade public school located about six miles from our facility, and about 93 percent of the residents in that neighborhood receive government food assistance,” notes MPC Human Resource Supervisor Suzanne Konkle. “Unfortunately, those funds don’t cover soap, deodorant, toothpaste, laundry detergent, toilet paper and cleaning products – items needed on a daily basis to ensure good hygiene and health. So we partnered with Oyler in collecting and distributing more than $3,000 in much-needed items for students and their families.”

The collection included several hundred rolls of toilet paper, 100 toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste, plus plenty of deodorant, soap, shampoo, bandages, tissues and paper towels. “We also put together 55 bags of cleaning supplies for teachers to use in the classroom and boxes of cleaning supplies for use in the after school and tutoring programs,” said Konkle.

“I want to sincerely thank you for all the supplies you shared with our students and staff,” wrote Wanda Neville, mentor coordinator at Oyler. “We appreciate the much-needed materials and appreciate each of you for sharing with us. Thank you again for your effort and thoughtfulness.”

The Oyler School is one of the largest community learning centers in the nation. “They serve the neighborhood’s needs in many ways, not just education,” says Konkle. “For instance, they also offer school-based health and vision centers and a dental clinic. We are proud to partner with Oyler in support of its mission and thank all employees who helped out.”