LINDEN — ConocoPhillips Bayway Refinery of Linden is the largest oil refinery on the East Coast, but it doesn’t take its place in the community for granted. The company has established an extensive, multi-level community outreach program for its hometown and the neighboring communities of Elizabeth and Rahway.
The outreach takes many forms. One program provides basic needs for low-income residents. It operates as a homegrown, employee-driven “Goodwill” program in which volunteers collect clothing, household goods and toys donated by employees.
ConocoPhillips also works to improve education for area students. Company engineers offer after-school tutoring in math and science to at-risk students. Many students work harder and get better grades as a result of these sessions.
The company’s commitment is ongoing. Besides supporting the Linden Kiwanis Club, YWCA, and Junior Achievement in neighboring schools, they stage blood drives, participate in group activities such as benefit walks, and provide financial support to other community groups.
For these achievements, ConocoPhillips Bayway Refinery on Oct. 19 received a Public Service Award from the New Jersey Business & Industry Association. Accepting the award was Mary Phillips, Community Relations Coordinator.
Since 1984, NJBIA annually has honored a select group of its members with an Award for Excellence. The Awards for Excellence winners demonstrate outstanding achievements in one of four award categories: Business Expansion, Environmental Quality, Outstanding Employer, and Public Service. All 22,000 NJBIA member companies in good standing are eligible to be nominated.
The winners are selected by an independent panel of judges, who volunteer their time to conduct the judging. This year’s judging panel was comprised of individuals from the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). Mercadien P.C., Certified Public Accountants of Princeton, verified the information supplied by the winning applicants.
NJBIA President Phil Kirschner (left) and Doug Kuiken, vice chairman of NJBIA’s Board of Trustees (right) present the Public Service Award to Mary Phillips, Community Relations Coordinator of ConocoPhillips Bayway Refinery of Linden.
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