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HEROES paint a brighter future for those in need
Shell and Motiva employees recently participated in United Way Days of caring activities at The Center in Houston and the Neighborhood Centers site in La Porte. This annual program led by the US Social Investment team, provided an opportunity for more than 40 Shell and Motiva volunteers to work hands on with community partners and make a positive impact in the lives of the less fortunate and those in need.
The Center serves adults with special needs and provides opportunities to promote individual choice, personal growth, and community involvement for persons with developmental disabilities and those requiring similar services so that they may achieve their maximum potential.
HEROES provided a much needed facelift by painting several offices and dorm rooms at The Center’s Cullen Resident Hall. Catherine Chandler, Community Relations Manager said, “Shell and Motiva volunteers made a big difference not only utilizing their painting talents, but also donating supplies to improve the facility. It was important to finish painting our dorm rooms to welcome our new tenants, including men and women with special needs. Corporate volunteers are essential to The Center in so many ways. We thank Shell and Motiva volunteers for all of their hard work!”
In La Porte, HEROES prepped and painted the indoor gymnasium leaving a lasting impression for years to come on community members that utilize the facility for dances, receptions, and sporting events. Shell HERO, Russell Adams of Deer Park who has volunteered for the UW Days of Caring for many years, said, “I continue to volunteer because I see the benefits to the community. It is also very rewarding to see your efforts bring smiles to the faces of community residents.”
Neighborhood Centers Inc, (NCI) brings resources, education and connection to more than 340,000 people throughout Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast area each year. The La Porte site is one of six area neighborhood centers.
The centers partner with a host of service providers to deliver a variety of resources that help residents build on their existing assets and strengths. NCI began delivering program services in the La Porte/Bayshore area in 1952. The center is now housed in the city's old library, close to neighborhoods and schools. La Porte Neighborhood Center offers a variety of education and enrichment classes for all ages at convenient times and minimal cost.