Members of the ExxonMobil Foundation Team Volunteer Involvement Program rolled up their sleeves on July 8 to help log nearly 300 volunteer hours at the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Guadalupe Basic Needs Center.
ExxonMobil volunteers, Catholic Charities staff and women veterans who are residents at the Villa Guadalupe Transitional Housing facility logged a total of 294.5 volunteer hours helping to beautify and maintain the facility. The volunteers assisted with painting, landscaping, cleaning, power washing stairways and sidewalks, organizing the food pantry, laminating signs, refinishing furniture and more.
Current ExxonMobil employees and retirees who participated in the ExxonMobil Foundation Team Volunteer Involvement Program logged 149.5 out of the 294.5 total hours, which earned Catholic Charities a generous $1,500 grant to help the food pantry purchase a new freezer unit.
“ExxonMobil volunteers transformed the Guadalupe Center into a warm and welcoming space for the clients,” said Karina Hernandez, Volunteer Services Program Manager at Catholic Charities. It is a community effort and [ExxonMobil volunteers] all definitely are a wonderful example of this community effort.”
In addition to the volunteer hours, ExxonMobil volunteers were able to purchase two shelving units for the Women’s Veteran Community Center (valued at $257) as well as supply decorations, plants, mulch, an additional garden unit, office supplies and more.
Through the gracious donations of their volunteers, they also presented Catholic Charities with $4,083.89 in in-kind donations such as books, sheets, decorations, and several over items.