Shell's Puget Sound Refinery is committed to powering progress in the communities near where it operates. Employees gave over 6,000 hours of volunteer service in 2016, and the refinery provided $600,000 in grants, sponsorships, employee contributions and corporate matches in 2016. The site's social investment program priority funding areas feature STEM education and workforce development, environmental conservation and public safety. The refinery’s annual Fueling Education Fun Run 5K has raised more than $130,000 for Anacortes schools in just three years, and Shell contributed $250,000 in 2017 to the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in support of killer whale research and habitat conservation.
Shell is proud to support dozens of local non-profits, including the Anacortes Community Forest Lands, Padilla Bay Foundation, Skagit Land Trust, American Red Cross, United Way of Skagit County, Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County, Anacortes Schools Foundation, Skagit Valley College, Bellingham Technical College, the Anacortes and La Conner Rotary clubs, as well as business organizations like local Chambers of Commerce and the Economic Development Association of Skagit County.
From an economic impact perspective, the refinery employs roughly 470 employees and 200-300 contractors. It typically uses over 75 local firms – large and small – and spends over $125 million annually. The two refineries in Anacortes account for 2% of county employment, but they support 10%-14% of all county jobs. Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery provides over 10% of all taxes paid to the Anacortes School District, and it produces about ¼ of the Pacific Northwest’s fuel.