Phillips 66 donates $3 million to COVID-19 relief efforts
By Allison Stowe
Phillips 66 Corporate Communications
Phillips 66 is donating $3 million in its communities in the U.S. and U.K. to support the responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 relief efforts.
“The global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has had an indelible impact on every aspect of our lives and finding ways to assist those in need is more important than ever,” said Phillips 66 Chairman and CEO Greg Garland.
All donations were made to front-line organizations that are responding to the pandemic efforts, including first responders, food banks, health care providers, and other organizations serving the most vulnerable populations.
The funds are divided between Phillips 66 locations, including the Houston and Bartlesville (Oklahoma) corporate offices, and Refinery and Midstream communities across the U.S. and abroad. As the impact of the pandemic has differed across communities, each of the Phillips 66 locations was able to designate which front-line organizations would receive funds.
Of the amount, $1.5 million is being directed to Houston, with $1 million going to the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund that was launched by United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation. The remaining $500,000 will go to the Houston Food Bank, which has increased distributions. Bartlesville, the Billings Refinery in Montana and the Lake Charles Refinery in Louisiana are also supporting their local United Way organizations, which have created similar recovery funds.
“As the world navigates this unprecedented crisis, it’s important that we stay focused on the health and safety of our employees, our families and our communities,” Garland said. “We are steadfastly committed to helping our neighbors by increasing access to personal protective equipment and other resources for those on the front lines who are meeting immediate needs.”
For example, the Los Angeles Refinery donated a portion of its funds to Matterhackers, an organization that will create 5,000 face shields using 3D printers from the Los Angeles Unified School District and distribute them to a local area hospital. At the Lake Charles Refinery, a portion of its donations went to the purchase of personal protective equipment for local hospitals and nursing homes.
The Wood River Refinery in Illinois focused a portion of its monetary donation to providing financial assistance to front-line emergency response workers who may have been exposed to the virus while on the job and are having to quarantine away from their home.
“By providing grants to our front-line emergency responders and health care workers, we can ensure they can protect their families and don’t have to worry about additional expenses they wouldn’t otherwise have while doing the critical jobs we need them all to do,” said Wood River Refinery Director of Public and Government Affairs Melissa Erker.