Marathon grants to help wildfire victims

Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC), which operates the local Andeavor Refinery, has contributed $275,000 in grants to help in relief and recovery efforts associated with California wildfires, Patricia Deutsche, director of Government and Public Affairs, has announced.

The grants, from Marathon Petroleum’s charitable foundation, have been awarded to multiple organizations that are aiding victims, her announcement said.

“As a company with a significant presence and many employees who call California home, supporting this relief effort is an essential investment for MPC,” said Karma Thomson, vice president of Corporate Affairs.

The company has given grants of $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support its statewide wildfire response efforts and $100,000 to the Salvation Army to support teams deployed across the state who are providing social services and disaster assistance.

Another $75,000 has been given to the North Valley Community Foundation, of which $50,000 is to go to Butte County Schools Fire Relief Fund.

In addition, $25,000 has been given to the North Valley Community Foundation to be used by the Camp Fire Public Safety Family Relief Fund to help public safety employees who themselves have been displaced by the Camp Fire.

“Our ties are strong throughout the state of California and we are deeply saddened by the destruction these wildfires have caused,” Thomson said. “We want everyone in our community who is impacted by this event to know they have our support, and we’re hopeful this contribution will help in delivering some much-needed aid.”

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