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Valero recognized as community-minded company

Valero Energy Corporation has been named to The Civic 50, a list of the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.

It’s the sixth consecutive year Valero was named to The Civic 50.

Valero was also honored as the top energy-sector company on the list.

The Civic 50 showcases how companies can use their time, skills and other resources to improve the communities where they do business.

“We are proud once again to be recognized on this prestigious list of the top companies in the U.S. for community engagement, and especially as the leader in our industry,” said Joe Gorder, Valero chairman, president and CEO.

In 2018, Valero employees companywide logged more than 150,000 volunteer hours for hundreds of community projects, representing an estimated $3.6 million in saved out-of-pocket labor costs for nonprofit organizations. Valero, its employees and charitable organizations also generated more than $55.6 million for worthy charities, through direct donations or fundraising, worldwide.

Employees of Valero Renewables — Fort Dodge logged more than 900 volunteer hours in 2018. Employees pledged more than $41,000 to the local United Way for 2019. The facility distributed $35,000 in 2018 to six area children’s charities from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children.

“It is truly a blessing to work for Valero and be able to support our communities,” said Troy Shaner, plant manager of Valero Renewables — Fort Dodge. “The company’s culture of giving back to our local community can be seen through volunteerism and financial support and it is a special part of our yearly activities that we look forward to each and every year.”