Valero shows its commitment to the community through a variety of philanthropic efforts, volunteer activities, and educational support programs. The company has twice made The Civic 50’s list of America’s 50 most community-minded major companies. Valero is the only energy company in the top 50 that is recognized for its commitment to provide life improvement for the communities where it does business.
In 2014, through its philanthropic efforts, Valero generated more than $38 million for worthy charities or causes, through direct donations or fundraising. Valero and its employees pledged more than $11 million to the United Way in the same year. They raised over $10 million for children’s charities across the United States in 2015 through the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children. The Valero Energy Foundation annually contributes millions to improve the lives of those who live in or near the communities where Valero has major operations. Valero’s cycling team, Velo Valero, once again was a top fundraising team in the annual Bike MS event in 2014, raising approximately $300,000 in 2014.
In 1983, Valero established the Valero Volunteer Council, which serves its local communities in each location. Through the years, the councils have built a strong relationship with local charities, organizations and agencies where Valero has a presence. Valero employees log more than 130,000 volunteer hours each year for hundreds of community projects, including mentorships, shelter support, holiday events, emergency relief, and food drives.
Valero is a strong advocate of education and contributes to programs, agencies and organizations that share the same beliefs. The Valero mentoring program is a top priority of the Valero Volunteer Council. Valero also remains active throughout the school year to help students be successful with various events and programs, including school-supply and uniform drives.
Valero also supports the armed forces and many worthy military organizations. For the 10th consecutive Thanksgiving Day, about 400 members of the U.S. military in 2014 were treated to a traditional holiday meal at headquarters, while 175 Valero employees and their families volunteered to serve food and entertain their military guests.
At Blue Cares, we’re grateful for business partners,like Valero, who share our beliefs and who can help ensure our most precious commodity, our children, are receiving what they need to help them grow and prosper. We’re thankful for Valero and all our sponsors who help make our community outreach programs possible. Together, we’re making a difference in San Antonio.To learn how you can join companies like Valero in supporting Blue Cares, Click HERE.