Marathon Oil Corporation recently awarded a $1,000 charitable grant to Katy Christian Ministries as part of its employee-based Global Volunteer Award Program.
The grant was given in honor of Marathon employee Deanna Washington for outstanding achievement as a community volunteer.
Marathon President and CEO Clarence P. Cazalot, Jr., said the company was “proud of the many ways our employees make a difference in their communities by volunteering their time and talent in support of worthy organizations.”
“We call this ‘Living Our Values’ and the Global Volunteer Award Program is a way for us to recognize our employees’ efforts, while at the same time providing support to the communities in which we live and conduct our business,” Cazalot said.
Washington has volunteered with the KCM food pantry since the inception of the ministry’s one-acre, organic and handicap-accessible vegetable garden in 2008. She has lent her expertise to grow a variety of fresh produce, which augments the nonperishable foods that KCM clients receive through its social services program.
“Deanna has been an instrumental part in the development and ongoing administration of the vegetable garden,” said Bruce Kingwell, KCM food pantry director. “Her passion for service is evident by her dedication to assisting those in need through her gifts and talents.”
The Marathon grant funding will be used toward the addition of an orchard to be planted in the spring, which will add to the more than 3,000 pounds of produce that the community garden produced in 2010.
The fresh fruits and vegetables provided to those Katy-area residents who qualify for assistance include: tomatoes, onions, carrots, cabbage, green beans, watermelon, and cantaloupe among many more.
Marathon has given $42,000 to nonprofit organizations worldwide on behalf of the involvement and dedication of 44 employees who have earned the Global Volunteer Award since 2003. The annual program has provided nearly 50 grants of $1,000 each to the nonprofit organizations designated by the Marathon employee volunteer chosen to receive the award.
Nominees for the award are selected based on significant volunteer service during the prior calendar year that benefit the general community, including committee work, fundraising, tutoring, mentoring or neighborhood revitalization.