GBR Volunteers Help Neighbors Maintain Independence
Community service and volunteerism are strongly viewed by the MPC family as an investment in our community and the people who live in it. We are blessed to work for a company that promotes this behavior.
Members of the Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) Galveston Bay refinery (GBR) Maintenance Department in Texas City, Texas, recently lent a hand in the upkeep of Independence Village, a United Way Galveston County Mainland agency.
“Independence Village provides assisted living in the form of safe, affordable housing in attractive surroundings for adults with mental or physical challenges,” notes GBR Maintenance Supervisor Matt Mahler. “We chose this project because it allowed employees at GBR to highlight our maintenance skills and commitment, not only within the fence lines but also to our neighbors. Community service and volunteerism are strongly viewed by the MPC family as an investment in our community and the people who live in it. We are blessed to work for a company that promotes this behavior.”
Over the course of the volunteer initiative, the 11-member maintenance team completed a variety of tasks, ranging from carpet cleaning and caulking bathroom walls, floors and fixtures to landscaping, power-washing patios/sidewalks and repairing gutters.
GBR interns/co-ops Homero Benavides, Connor Bush and Jacob Schreuder planned and organized the daylong event, with GBR volunteers Chris Gleinser, Calvin Lawson, David Leyva, Matt Mahler, Bruno Mancini, Joyce Mancini, Tim Munsterman and W.R. “Dub” Reed taking part. “A local carpet-cleaning company also donated cleaning agents, along with mulch and flowers,” notes Mahler. “They even allowed one of their employees to stay and help out.”
Much was completed that day, but Mahler says there is more yet to do. “Three of their signs are deteriorated, and the maintenance department’s sign shop is building new ones. We also intend to paint the flag poles when we deliver the new signs,” Mahler says. “All in all, it was a successful and rewarding experience.”
“The group was amazing,” said Judy Slocumb, executive director of Independence Village. “They were efficient and did a wonderful job.”