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MPC participates in community cleanup events


Every year, Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) employees and family members gather at area parks, roadways, rivers and streams to participate in community cleanup events that for some have become a tradition. Featured here are a few such activities.

Nimishillen Creek LEAP

Canton, Ohio

Eleven of MPC’s Canton, Ohio, refinery volunteers gathered for the 13th Annual Nimishillen Creek Litter Elimination, Awareness and Prevention (LEAP) Clean-Up Day in September 2014. Organized by the Nimishillen Creek Watershed Partners, the event is co-sponsored by the Canton refinery.

“Each year, a segment of Nimishillen Creek is selected for a concentrated cleanup effort,” notes Canton refinery’s environmental supervisor, Dave Elder, who also participated in the cleanup.

Cleanup participants collected about 1.5 tons of trash and other debris in just over two hours, with refuse ranging from plastic bottles and bags to tires and cans. They even pulled out a bicycle and a wallet. “The weather was perfect, the creek level was low, and the creek and surrounding city parks look great,” notes Elder.

Ohio River Sweep

Catlettsburg, Ky.

MPC employees from the company’s in Catlettsburg, Ky., refinery and Marine Transportation organization teamed up to collect trash and other debris during the 2014 Ohio River Sweep, organized by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission. Catlettsburg area employees and family members have taken part in the annual cleanup event since its inception in 1989. MPC again sponsored the sweep, with about 30 employee volunteers taking part.

The MPC team was among 17,000 volunteers who participated, cleaning up 3,000 miles of shoreline and tributaries along the length of the river, from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Cairo, Ill., and gathering more than 7,000 tons of trash and other debris. Various organizations, civic groups, recreational clubs, and the general public in six states took part.

“The Ohio River is often referred to as ‘The Beautiful Ohio,’ because it is,” notes Catlettsburg Community Representative Sheila Fraley. “Volunteering a few hours a year to help keep it that way is not much to ask.”

Rouge Rescue

Detroit and Romulus, Mich.

Eighteen employees and family members representing MPC’s Detroit refinery and its Terminal, Transport & Rail (TT&R) operations in Romulus, Mich., were among the 219 volunteers helping out at the Park Appreciation/Rouge Rescue this year. The annual event began in 1986 and is organized by Detroit’s Friends of the Rouge (FOTR).

The primary goal of FOTR is to continually improve the Rouge River for future generations by providing volunteer opportunities to participate in cleanups, stream/wetland monitoring and restoration projects.

More than 30 locations were targeted for the cleanup, encompassing 92 acres that included Rouge Park and its surrounding neighborhood. Employees cleaned up a parking lot near a community pool, planted native flowers, spread mulch around the Rouge Park statue and landscaped the park entrance. “Both refinery and TT&R employees had a good time,” says Clenetta Frazier, advanced HR consultant at the Detroit refinery. “We also got an opportunity to get together with fellow MPC employees we don’t see every day and to improve quality of life in the Detroit-area community.”

U.S. Route 23 Cleanup

Catlettsburg, Ky.

About 75 employees from MPC’s Catlettsburg, Ky., refinery and their family members donned bright orange vests for the 2014 U.S. 23 Highway Cleanup. After a breakfast in the refinery cafeteria, the crew headed out to tidy up Kentucky’s Country Music Highway.

The annual project is organized by Ashland Alliance and the local chamber of commerce, and encompasses 50 miles of U.S. 23 in Boyd and Greenup counties. Refinery volunteers cleaned a stretch of the road that began at the refinery, with volunteers from other area companies and organizations taking on other parts of the road. “The cleanup took about two hours to complete and considerably improved the appearance of the highway,” notes Susan Fielding, senior administrative assistant at the refinery. “We appreciate all who took part.”

Great Indy Cleanup

Indianapolis, Ind.

Indianapolis-area MPC employees recently took an opportunity to fight heavy litter and debris accumulating in Indy’s public areas through the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) Great Indy Cleanup event. About MPC 20 employees and guests were among the volunteers who took part in the annual cleanup, with MPC focusing on west Indy.

“The Great Indy Cleanup is a partnership between the KIB and city of Indianapolis aimed at helping individuals and community groups clean up Indy streets, alleys, green spaces and waterways,” explains MPC Wholesale Marketing Territory Manager Matthew Geiyer. “The success of the event relies on volunteers, and I want to thank all those who gave up part of their Saturday morning to participate. It was a great way to represent MPC and spend time with co-workers for a terrific cause.”

KIB Program Manager Tammy Stevens heartily thanked the volunteers for their service to west Indy. “Residents have been tackling this work all on their own for a decade, and they so much appreciated help from folks who care,” she said.