When a local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) set up an event, the logistics were a nightmare. “Hauling equipment back and forth between the event locations and storage took several pickup trucks and a lot of volunteers,” said Larry Pernestti, operations technician at Terminal, Transport and Rail’s (TT&R’s) terminal in Kenova, West Virginia. “But that all changed after a coworker told me about the Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP).”
Pernestti took advantage of MPC’s VIP to provide funds for a much-needed trailer. VIP encourages MPC employees to perform volunteer service at local charitable organizations with community outreach programs. Full- and part-time employees - and their spouses - are eligible to receive up to $500 each per year for any qualified 501(c)(3) organization after volunteering a minimum of 24 hours. Pernestti and his wife Lindsay both qualified for the grant based on their volunteer hours.
They are both members of the South Hills chapter of NWTF. Nationally, NWTF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of the nation’s hunting heritage. Local chapters organize special events around this mission. “Our chapter hosts numerous events each year, including hunting education classes, youth hunting and fishing events, and ‘Wheelin’ Sportsmen’ events,” said Pernestti. The Wheelin’ Sportsmen program provides accessible hunting opportunities for people with disabilities.
Jason Corey, operations technician and Pernestti’s colleague at the terminal, and his wife are also members of the chapter. The two of them also qualified for the VIP grant, so the four grants together totaled $2,000 in 2016. Pernestti and Corey also applied for a grant from TT&R’s Charitable Donation program, receiving an additional $2,000. All of the funds were donated to their chapter for the purchase of a new trailer, which is now used to move equipment for these special events. “I’m so grateful that we’re able to use these grants to benefit the organizations we care about,” said Pernestti. “It’s another example of why it’s great to be an MPC employee.”
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