Strong support for our United States military runs deep in Shell Deer Park’s history. From producing synthetic rubber and toluene for TNT needed during WWII to producing jet fuel for our military today, our employees have been proud to support our troops through our daily operations in addition to other support ranging from hiring veterans to sending care packages.
In 2013, Shell Deer Park established a military network, MilNet, for veterans and other supporters at site to help empower veterans and help transition them into Shell and continue their call for service in our community. In 2017, MilNet teamed up with the Travis Manion Foundation to support the organization’s mission to empower veterans and the families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations and put that mission to work in the Deer Park community. The Travis Manion Foundation’s motto of “If not me, then who” resonated with many at our site.
“The Travis Manion Foundation shares our site’s strong values of leadership, caring and ownership,” said Brett Scull, Civil Engineering Supervisor and MilNet member. “The foundation puts their beliefs in action by offering mentorship programs between veterans and youths to instill strong character values and our MilNet members were proud to be a part of that.”
Shell Deer Park MilNet and the Travis Manion Foundation teamed up in July of 2017 to produce the Character and Leadership Development Course for local teens on the Battleship Texas. In doing so, our site’s veterans honored their service commitment in giving back to the community, while aligning with the site’s Flagship culture of having fun.
In September 2017, MilNet highlighted the Travis Manion Foundation during the annual HERO Campaign, a matching gifts program offered to employees to double – or during a two-week stint in September even triple – their impact to non-profit organizations. In addition to personal contributions, a portion of Shell Deer Park’s proceeds from bake sales, raffles and parking spot auctions went to the Travis Manion Foundation.
“With the HERO Campaign, I can be the difference,” continued Scull. “I know that the difference really starts with me. If I decide that it will be me and that no one else will do it, I can become an everyday hero. “