Marathon Petroleum hosts financial empowerment event for Detroit community

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Rummon Shams and Lauryn Humphreys, interns with Marathon Petroleum, greet community members who attended the event.

Marathon Petroleum hosted the Show Me the Money Financial Empowerment Day for community members in Detroit. The event, in partnership with Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, brought together financial experts to help people in the community understand their finances, offered free tax preparation assistance, and provided tips to lower their energy bills. Visitors also received free health screenings from the St. Patrick Senior Center.

“I am a senior over 65 years old, and these days, financial struggle is very evident with the cost-of-living increasing,” said Vickie Cook, a Detroit community member. “After this event, I feel less stressed and more comfortable. I truly appreciate the assistance and information I received at this event. I cannot wait for the next one! Marathon is very much appreciated in this community.”

Financial wellness was listed as one of the top five major needs by Detroit residents in the Wayne Metro 2019 Community Needs Assessment Report. This event is the first of the Fueling Detroit Event Series for 2022, which aims to support the community surrounding the Marathon Petroleum Detroit refinery, specifically the people living in the 48217 zip code.

The next Fueling Detroit event will be a community market featuring small businesses from Southwest Detroit on April 9. To learn more, visit our Detroit refinery’s community website.