In August 1929, Shell in Deer Park started operations with 600 employees. Today, the Shell Deer Park Manufacturing Complex is Shell’s largest integrated refinery and chemical plant and continues to be a proud member of the Deer Park community.
“The site and the City have a long shared history. Looking back, we have so many examples of where our employees volunteered their time and money to build the community we have today,” said Amanda Accardo, External Relations Manager. “It’s only natural that in celebration of our anniversary that we continue to give back to the communities where we live and operate.”
In celebration of 90 years of operating from the “Birthplace of Texas,” the site launched the Shell Community Grants program.A panel of individuals from Shell and the Deer Park, Pasadena and La Porte communities reviewed and selected the grants funded by the program.
The programs funded are:
- Sarah's House – Sarah Works Program which helps transitions women and children to successfully living in their own home. Community Grants will fund laptops and tablets for Sarah’s House to enable women to search and apply for jobs in addition to helping them secure cell phone service and transportation to/from work until they receive their first paycheck.
- ReAct In a Heartbeat – provides hands only CPR training by volunteer CPR instructors on how to keep a cardiac arrest victim alive until paramedics arrive.
- Community Pregnancy Center of Pasadena – the Building Strong Families program for women, men and children strives to re-establish the value of parenting, particularly in a digital age, and prepare young parents to join the workplace and transition out of welfare.
- Clothed by Faith – provides one week’s supply of gently used clothing to low-income, at-risk adults and homeless children and adults.
- DPISD FFA – students keep the facility busy year-long with various livestock species, the school barn has over 100 stalls with minimal storage. Funding will be directed towards the purchase of food storage containers for students to keep their feed in while raising at the barn.
- Deer Park Public Library – Design and Play @ the Library will provide patrons with access to new and emerging technologies. Funding will go to purchasing a 3D printer, cart and supplies to implement a maker space in the library.
- Project Joy & Hope for Texas – The Yellow Boat Program is an educational program about pediatric palliative care, and the need for the community to support families with seriously ill children. Project Joy and Hope for Texas is the only pediatric palliative care center in the country.
- Deer Park Boy Scout Troop 268 – Funds will be directed towards the purchase of equipment for cooking, camping, water filtration, PA system, tents & kayak, new flags, and trailer repairs.