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Nailing it: Using Good Energy to get the job done

By Eunice Bridges
Phillips 66 Corporate Communications

Good Energy is taking many forms as Phillips 66 employees dive into the annual volunteerism campaign, including a swinging hammer and a circular saw.

A team of 15 Phillips 66 volunteers — including President and COO Mark Lashier — helped build a house Wednesday as part of a Habitat for Humanity project in Conroe, Texas, about 45 miles north of Houston headquarters. They cut wood slabs and nailed them to the home, among other tasks.

The hard work had one common goal: creating a home for a deserving family.

“We want to do a great job for these homeowners,” Lashier said.

The Habitat for Humanity project is one of many volunteer events already underway during the company’s Good Energy month, which kicked off April 1. The campaign — launched last year — encourages employees to volunteer with organizations that provide education and literacy, promote civic enrichment, protect the environment, encourage sustainability and enable community safety and preparedness.

Good Energy revs up

Phillips 66 employees across the globe are volunteering in various events as part of the Good Energy campaign, including cleaning up neighborhood parks, reading to children, staffing food banks and planting trees.

Good Energy helped push Phillips 66 volunteerism to new heights in 2021. Employees collectively contributed 67,000 hours of service in communities, a 27% increase over 2020.

Volunteer hours have a two-fold impact because Phillips 66 matches every volunteer hour at an eligible nonprofit with a $25 donation, up to $4,000 annually, as part of its volunteer grant program. 

A home comes into view

At the Conroe event, a sturdy framework started looking more like someone’s four-bedroom home as Phillips 66 employees installed siding on all four walls. The eventual homeowners will pay an affordable mortgage and are required to attend financial education and budget-planning classes.

“This is not handing a house to people who are unprepared,” Lashier said. “They are screened and prepared by going through coursework and learning financial responsibility. There's pride of ownership here.”

Vicki Johnson, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, said the organization is grateful to be part of the Phillips 66 Good Energy campaign.

“When we connect with volunteers and community leaders like Phillips 66, we can get the work done,” she said. “That's the only way we can do it.”