Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery is a longtime supporter of the Food Bank that consistently looks for ways to raise awareness and support. For example, this year Tesoro sponsored the Food Bank in a banner program with the City of Concord and Chamber of Commerce. Fifteen banners advertising the Food Bank were displayed throughout the city on light posts. The banners raise awareness and remind us that no one should go hungry throughout the year.
Tesoro has also been instrumental in raising awareness and support through various programs throughout the year where they match public dollars for donations. Beyond just giving money, Tesoro invests a lot of hands-on time with events like Kidfest, where Tesoro matched dollar for dollar (up to $5,000) per pound of food donated or dollar of donation received. In partnership with Concord High School, Tesoro and over 100 students collected over 17,000 pounds of food in two hours trick or treating for it on Halloween night. Again, Tesoro matched dollar for dollar (up to $5,000). During the year, other events such as Taking the World by Storm and An Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden continued to raise awareness and support the mission of the Food Bank. Every year refinery employees meet up for an event called Bay Area Refinery Motorcycle Run/Food Drive, chaired by Tesoro employee Chris McDowell, where local refineries collect food and funds for the Food Bank then celebrate their efforts with a motorcycle and classic-car ride ending in a BBQ with entertainment and raffle to benefit the Food Bank. Many Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery employees also volunteer their time to sort food and serve the Food Bank as exemplified by Environmental Health & Safety Manager, Claire Spencer, who serves on the Food Bank’s Board of Directors as Secretary.
Tesoro and Golden Eagle strives to improve the quality of life in the surrounding community. Over half a million dollars was invested in 2012 into local charities by employees’ personal donations, as well as, the company charitable fund contributions. Over fifty charities were supported in 2012 and employees donated over 4,000 volunteer hours.
We thank Tesoro for their continued support and invite you to find out how your company can get involved at the Food Bank.