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Doing Good by Giving Back

Helping the community in the areas where we live and work is nothing less than a company-wide, year-round effort at Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC). A recent example of this is seen at MPC’s Galveston Bay refinery (GBR) near Houston, Texas. What began as a monthly dinner sponsored by GBR’s Hispanic Network turned into a full-fledged holiday party for the residents of the Houston-area Ronald McDonald House. Meanwhile, a group of GBR maintenance employees brightened the lives of the residents of Independence Village, a community of individuals with developmental or physical disabilities, by loading up some ladders and heading over to string up holiday lights. About 50 other employees from both GBR and MPC’s refinery in Texas City, Texas, helped out at an annual Senior Share event throughout the day, helping to decorate, serve a meal and hand out prizes.

Throughout the company, initiatives involving children continue to be a major philanthropic focus. At MPC’s Catlettsburg, Kentucky, refinery, employees amassed more than 50 large bags of presents for students at Catlettsburg Elementary School, while employees at MPC’s Canton, Ohio, refinery gathered hats, scarves, mittens and socks for kids facing the winter at Dueber Elementary.

In Detroit, Michigan, MPC’s refinery sponsored an All Star Giveaway at River Rouge High School to give away more than 2,000 turkeys and food baskets to area families in need. When Flint, Michigan, discovered its water contamination problem, Detroit refinery employees collected approximately 180 cases of water, nearly $400 in employee and contractor donations, and an additional $300 check from the Teamsters Union, and delivered them to the Salvation Army. Meanwhile, MPC employees in Flint also delivered 196 cases of drinking water to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.


MPC employees in Detroit also sponsored the Salvation Army’s Coats for Kids Radiothon, but instead of shopping for coats – then collecting and delivering them as they had in the past – the refinery teamed up with the Salvation Army to try a new strategy. In a nod to using technology to drive results, MPC provided a mobile phone app through which donations could be made to Coats for Kids. Donations made through the app ultimately totaled nearly $3,600, and MPC chipped in another $5,000 donation to the cause.


A lot of MPC organizations and facilities come together to make the holidays and other times of the year extra special for their younger neighbors. This year, Canton refinery employees took that to a new level for 36 children living at the Christian Children’s Home of Ohio (CCHO). In addition to providing them with several gifts each from Santa, MPC employee Karen Carpinelli recruited the talents of family and friends to make quilts for each child. Each of the handmade quilts was personalized with the children’s names, and incorporated colors, themes and characters/heroes preferred by each child.

“Children at CCHO may be moved around, and I wanted to do something just for them, a personal gift that they could take with them,” says Carpinelli of her month-long endeavor. “I took a lot of pride in the project and love that so many people wanted to help.”


MPC’s Marine Transportation’s (MT’s) famed towboat float has become a sought-after regular attraction in area parades. The built-to-scale replica of one of MT’s vessels gives parade goers a close-up view of what they ordinarily only see from the riverbank, notes MT’s Nancy Sullivan. Where there are float contests, the towboat float also does very well; the float garnered a third place prize and $300 (which Marine then donated to the Ashland, Kentucky fire department) at the Ashland parade, and first place in the Catlettsburg, Kentucky parade. “Parades offer great exposure for our business unit, and they also allow us to have some fun,” notes Sullivan.