When you visit your local CITGO to fill-up with gas, grab a snack, a hot cup of coffee, some groceries, and your breakfast, lunch or dinner, you're walking into a locally owned and operated business.
CITGO takes great pride in our commitment to the power of social responsibility, particularly in the communities in which we live and work. It is one of our core values to promote, and participate in, a wide variety of social development programs designed to improve the quality of peoples’ lives, especially those who suffer the severity of poverty.
Recently, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation, CITGO turned its volunteering and community contributions towards the storm recovery efforts in Houston and the many affected coastal communities in Texas and Louisiana. We set short term and long term goals to support affected areas of our community.
We have certainly not been alone in our efforts to help the Gulf Coast recover. Tens of thousands of volunteers from the region and across the entire country came together to help rebuild communities. That’s why we launched “Heroes of Harvey,” a campaign dedicated to showcasing the incredible work of these volunteers – true American heroes.
To shine a light on those who have worked so hard and given so much of their time in the aftermath of the storm, CITGO partnered with the Houston Chronicle and Corpus Christi Caller-Times to recognize local heroes who went above and beyond the call of duty to help their fellow Americans during the recovery. The Heroes of Harvey campaign includes a series of advertisements highlighting these folks and the contributions they have made in their communities.
In Houston alone, CITGO and the Houston Chronicle have honored the Sheriff’s office, the Houston Fire Department, Mayor Sylvester Turner and numerous volunteers from TeamCITGO, our own task force dedicated to improving our communities and helping rebuild those areas devastated by the storm.
In Corpus Christi, the advertising campaign has spotlighted the Corpus Christi Police and Fire Departments; Mayor Joe McComb and other State Representatives; the Red Cross Coastal Bend Chapter; the Sheriff’s office of Nueces County; the Port of Corpus Christi; Habitat for Humanity Aransas County; the Coastal Bend Food Bank and Coastal Bend Bays Foundation; and Mayor Jimmy Kendrick of Fulton, Texas, among others.
Thank you to all the local heroes who continue to help these areas recover and assist residents, businesses and neighborhoods get back on their feet. We look forward to working with all of you for years to come as we rebuild homes and lives throughout the Gulf Coast. Our commitment to the communities in which we love and work is, always will be, unwavering.
Recovery of affected communities will take years. That’s why to continue supporting those impacted by the storms, CITGO launched its Fueling Good. Rebuilding Lives. initiative in 2017. Through this effort, CITGO is donating $8 million in fuel sales toward restoring housing in impacted areas, including $6 million to Rebuilding Together Houston and $1.4 million to Habitat for Humanity of Aransas County. As the recovery efforts carry on, TeamCITGO volunteers will continue contributing their time and skills, working alongside our partners to help restore homes and neighborhoods back to their original state.
In early 2019, CITGO expanded the Fueling Good. Rebuilding Lives. initiative by sponsoring mobile food pantries in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey on the Gulf Coast. With the help of our partners at the Houston Food Bank, Coastal Bend Food Bank (CBFB), Second Harvest Food Bank and Care Help of Sulphur, CITGO made available custom food pantry trailers to serve as mobile, mini grocery stores, improving access to healthy foods for residents still rebuilding after the storm.
At CITGO, we understand the long-term impact disasters like Hurricane Harvey and Irma have on our communities, and we are committed to help our fellow citizens and neighborhoods recover every step of the way.