While employees at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery have given back of their time as community volunteers for decades, a new program at the refinery was created in 2016 to take community volunteerism to the next level. The new “Community Cup Competition” was launched mid-year with the goal of promoting a healthy competition between departments at the refinery, while making a visible difference in the community through volunteer activities. By the end of 2016, Shell Puget Sound Refinery employees had documented over 6,000 hours of volunteer service back into the community; the equivalent of three full-time employees working for an entire calendar year!
The competition guidelines were easy to follow. Employees filled out simple documentation to track their community volunteer service throughout the year. The more an employee volunteered, the more points were given to their department. The more points a department had, the better odds they had at winning the Community Cup drawing. At the end of 2016, a drawing occurred based on the points each department accumulated throughout the year, and in the end, the Production Department won the drawing and was awarded the 2016 Puget Sound Refinery Community Cup.
As a reward for winning the 2016 Community Cup, the Production Department was given the opportunity to select a local non-profit organization to provide a $10,000 charitable contribution to on behalf of the Puget Sound Refinery. After deliberation, the Production Department selected the Growing Veterans non-profit, an organization whose mission is to empower military veterans to grow food, communities, and each other. The Production Department, the refinery’s Military Network and employees across the Puget Sound Refinery felt a special connection to the work of Growing Veterans, and are proud to partner with them to further their mission in Skagit County.