As the year winds down, Energy Transfer took some time to reflect on some of the numerous ways that it and the Mariner East Pipeline project have worked within communities across Pennsylvania.
While the company plans, builds, and operates an energy infrastructure, its priority is always the residents, communities, and businesses surrounding its projects and rights-of-way.
Here are 19 ways that Energy Transfer has partnered with communities across the Commonwealth in 2019:
- In Aston Township, it contributed more than $300,000 to realize a vision for an accessible playground that is inclusive to all children. Smiles in the Playground will be open for public use before the end of the year.
- Energy Transfer made a three-year commitment to Special Olympics Pennsylvania, giving $150,000 per year to be the premier sponsor of the Philly Polar Plunge and the Law Enforcement Torch Run at both the Summer Games and Fall Games.
- In the Pittsburgh area, the company donated $10,000 in support of Catalyst Connection’s Explore project, which provides teachers with STEM training and curriculum support and gives students hands-on training with area manufacturers.
- The company helped drive hunger out of Philadelphia with a $250,000 grant to Philabundance. This donation enabled the hunger relief organization to pay for fuel so that it could bring hundreds of thousands of meals to people in need throughout the Philadelphia region.
- Faith Restorations in Center Township received a $40,000 donation from Energy Transfer, enabling the food pantry to buy a refrigerated truck to help transport food items.
- Energy Transfer co-hosted the Lower Chichester Police and Fire Safety Day in Lower Chichester to help educate the community about how firefighters, police, and EMTs are essential to keeping everyone safe.
- Energy Transfer donated $20,000 to Penn Township to help expand and outfit its Emergency Operations Center, making it better equipped to respond to all types of emergencies.
- Energy Transfer supported more than 25 Little League organizations across the state for their 2019-2020 season, with $140,000 going toward equipment, field improvements, and operational costs.
- Frankstown Elementary School in Blair County was presented with $5,000 to support the development of the school’s hands-on STEM classroom initiative.
- First Energy worked alongside the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and industry peers to improve wildlife habitats on State Game Lands 12 and 36 in Franklin Township, Bradford County. As part of its efforts, Energy Transfer donated $12,500 to the Ruffed Grouse Society.
- In March, the company donated $18,000 to support the Pennsylvania Trout in the Classroom program, developed to introduce students to water conservation and coldwater resource projects.
- Energy Transfer donated $12,000 to support Trout Unlimited’s Poplar Run Conservation project in northeastern Pennsylvania.
- Energy Transfer renovated walking paths and repaved parking lots at State Game Lands 46 in Lebanon and Lancaster counties, home of the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.
- Visitors to Raccoon Creek State Park will soon have the opportunity to learn about the rich history of the park in Beaver County through interpretive panels, thanks to Energy Transfer’s $16,000 support of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation.
- Energy Transfer provided Caernarvon Township, Berks County, a $10,000 grant for its township parks, which was utilized for cleanup and repair efforts following a tornado that touched down there in late spring.
- Energy Transfer donated $12,500 to the American Red Cross for its Sound the Alarm campaign and Red Cross Ball, both events that further the organization’s ability to provide relief and support to those in crisis.
- The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary gained a $10,000 donation from Energy Transfer, helping the organization to continue its mission of protecting the Delaware River and Bay.
- In Center Township, Beaver County, Energy Transfer’s $15,000 donation contributed to Ingo Dog Park, a new haven for both furry friends and their humans.
- Energy Transfer was happy to continue its annual support of the Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research conservation organization with a $10,000 donation from its charitable foundation.
Energy Transfer is looking forward to forming even more community partnerships in 2020.