Energy Firms Help California Wildfire Relief Efforts
San Diego-based energy services holding company Sempra Energy revealed Monday a group donation to support relief efforts for communities severely impacted by the wildfires in California.
The contributions include:
- A $75,000 donation to the American Red Cross from the Sempra Energy Foundation, a private foundation of Sempra Energy.
- A $75,000 Sempra Energy Foundation donation to the United Way of Ventura County, designated to the wildfire disaster relief fund.
- A donation of more than $100,000 to a number of community organizations assisting victims and evacuees of the Woolsey Fire from Sempra Energy subsidiary Southern California Gas Co, a natural gas distribution utility.
In addition, Sempra Energy revealed that the Sempra Energy Foundation has agreed to match Sempra Energy employee donations up to $50,000 to the American Red Cross and United Way of Ventura County, adding a potential $100,000 to the total contribution for relief efforts.
"It is our hope that these donations may provide some relief and support in helping those impacted begin to rebuild their lives and communities," Dennis V. Arriola, chairman of the Sempra Energy Foundation, said in an organization statement.
"The continued support from the Sempra Energy Foundation, SoCalGas and Sempra Energy employees will go a long way to provide immediate assistance to impacted households in Ventura County. We're so thankful for their ongoing generosity,” Eric Harrison, president and CEO of United Way of Ventura County, said in an organization statement.
Last week, Chevron announced a contribution of $1 million from the Chevron Global Community Fund to the American Red Cross in support of relief efforts for wildfires in California.
“As a California company, we mourn the loss of life and destruction these fires have caused,” Chevron Chairman and CEO, Michael Wirth, said in a company statement posted on Chevron’s website last Wednesday.
Chevron was founded in California in 1879 and has operations around the state. In the last two years alone, the Chevron Global Community Fund has donated more than $2.5 million for California wildfire relief efforts.
Phillips 66, an energy manufacturing and logistics company, also announced last week that it had pledged a donation of $250,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in recovery efforts following the devastation left by fires across California.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the wildfires,” Greg Garland, chairman and CEO of Phillips 66, said in a company statement posted on the company’s website on November 14.
“We hope our contribution will be impactful in helping Californians in need, including our employees and their families, neighbors and friends,” he added.
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