Challenging the view of typical grantmaking

Community News

Foundation, El Paso, Texas, Martinez, California

MPC and MPLX consistently seek unique and innovative investment opportunities that challenge the view of typical grantmaking. By engaging with stakeholders from different backgrounds, we pursue projects that allow us to create a positive measurable impact and build partnerships across diverse organizations. Here are some examples from 2021.

Workforce Development: How we’re helping
Habitat for Humanity, Martinez, California

The Martinez Renewable Fuels Facility launched its signature Hands on for Habitat program, a three-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley that takes high school students focused on construction trades beyond the classroom and into the world of volunteerism and real-world construction experience. Each year, the program will benefit more than 100 11th and 12th graders enrolled in construction trade programs in the Mount Diablo, Martinez and Pittsburg school districts.  

Through this innovative program, MPC is helping students explore high-paying careers while advancing the goal of building the workforce pipeline for our industry and the Bay Area economy.  

Sustainability: Clearing the air
Paso del Norte Community Foundation, El Paso, Texas

We’re developing the air quality monitoring capabilities for the Paso del Norte air basin to offer more robust air quality information. The expanded capabilities will offer increased communication between environmental authorities at federal, state and local levels in Mexico and the U.S., as they focus on solving air quality challenges in the Paso del Norte region.  

Air quality in this region poses complex challenges due to geography, population, multistate and international jurisdictions due to its extension across state lines and the U.S.-Mexico border. Close to 3 million people live, travel and trade in this mountainous region. MPC funds are helping by adding a new monitoring station to the network in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. With MPC’s contribution, the installation of an additional monitoring station will increase the current capacity of the network by 33%. This first-of-its-kind partnership was developed to support long-term, sustainable operations and maintenance of the air quality monitoring network.

Thriving Communities: Meeting basic needs and more
Food banks and first responders

Across our operational footprint, we’re working hard to meet the most basic needs in the communities where we live and work. From responding to increased needs such as food security, to continuing support for safety initiatives, our commitment to thriving communities is helping us to make a difference in the lives around us.   

We’ve invested more than $350,000 in food banks and meal programs that benefit our neighbors in all stages of need. Our partnerships allow us to host drive-thru food distribution events and fund community meal programs, as well as provide weekend meals to school-aged students. To keep our communities safe, MPC has also invested more than $345,000 to first responder organizations across our territories. We are committed to helping firefighters, health care providers and law enforcement respond effectively when needed.