Day of Caring: Two cities, several horses and dozens of volunteers

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Mandan, Foundation, North Dakota, Mandan Refinery
Marathon employee Jean Butterfield helps clean a corral at the TR 4 Heart and Soul facility in Bismarck.
  • About 60 Marathon Petroleum employees recently supported United Way Day of Caring projects across two North Dakota cities.
  • They cleaned, painted and completed a variety of other maintenance tasks at several nonprofit organizations and the homes of neighbors with medical or financial challenges.

An organization using horses to enhance quality of life for people with disabilities is among the nonprofit organizations benefiting from United Way Day of Caring initiatives in North Dakota. About 60 employees from Marathon Petroleum and its MPLX midstream segment recently volunteered in the Bismarck-Mandan area and Dickinson to clean, paint, cut and remove brush, and make repairs at several homes and facilities.

In Bismarck, the volunteers from Marathon teamed up with employees from Barr Engineering. One project location was TR 4 Heart and Soul, which offers therapeutic horseback riding for adults and children with physical disabilities as well as learning, speech and behavioral challenges. Volunteers also did work at the Bismarck/Missouri Valley Family YMCA and the Dacotah Foundation, an organization helping children and adults who struggle with mental illness and/or chemical dependency.

In Dickinson, teams focused on the homes of residents facing financial or medical difficulties. Marathon employees have participated in Day of Caring in Bismarck for several years, and this was the first year they also took part in Dickinson.  

See the volunteers in action through the photo gallery below.