MPC Texas refining interns take opportunity to help others
Over 30 interns volunteer for the SeniorShare Program of Galveston County, Inc.
Thirty-two Texas-based Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) interns joined approximately a dozen employee volunteers from the company’s Galveston Bay and Texas City refineries in July, intent on showing some of their more senior neighbors a really good time. It was all part of the SeniorShare Program of Galveston County, Inc.
“SeniorShare was created to help reduce depression among area senior citizens during the holidays,” explains Ruth Rendon, senior community relations representative at MPC’s Galveston Bay refinery (GBR) and project coordinator. “A ‘Celebrate America’ party is held in July, followed by a holiday gala at Christmas.”
The MPC interns and refinery volunteers arrived at Texas City’s Nessler Center at 7:30 a.m. to prepare for the more than 350 guests who began arriving just three hours later. “We set up the tables and centerpieces, as well as games and gift displays,” notes Jackie Brem, a GBR intern and Texas A&M University student. “We also decorated in a patriotic theme, and were there to serve the food.”
The meal, consisting of barbecue sandwiches, chips and iced tea, was catered by Grand Prize Barbecue, whose owner, Kevin Yackly, likely knows more about SeniorShare than anyone. “It was Kevin who started the program several years ago after noticing a lot of seniors were showing up at his restaurant during the holidays,” explains Rendon. “Kevin learned that many of them had no families and nowhere else to enjoy a holiday meal, so he began inviting them into his home. When the guest list got too large to accommodate them there, Kevin founded SeniorShare, a non-profit organization supported by MPC and other companies.”
Having an opportunity to help out in the Galveston County community through the Celebrate America party was a privilege and pleasure for the interns, according to Brem. “We all try to support our hometown communities in some form or fashion and are thankful to have been given the opportunity to work for a company that takes pride in community involvement too,” she adds. “A number of those attending the party thanked us, but no thanks were necessary. Their smiles said it all.”