Community Gathers to Fight Disease

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The Chevron team poses at the MS walk on Saturday, March 11 in Ocean Springs.

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Pat Wiley poses with the rest of his team at the MS Walk in Ocean Springs on March 11.

Runners, walkers and volunteers alike gathered along the beach in Ocean Springs Saturday morning all working toward one cause, to end multiple sclerosis. 

The Mississippi Gulf Coast chapter of Walk MS hosted its annual walk March 11, with numerous participants turning out to help those affected by multiple sclerosis, donating time and money to the cause.

Pat Wiley lives with this disease, and participates in multiple fundraisers like Saturday’s walk.

“I’ve been working with this for years with various fundraisers and to see people from all walks of life come together, it really is inspiring,” Wiley said.

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is characterized by damage to an individual’s nervous system caused by the immune system. When impulses traveling to and from the brain encounter these damaged nerves, the signals are distorted, creating a wide variety of symptoms. 

According to the National MS Society, the disease is thought to affect roughly 2.3 million people in the world; however, the disease is difficult to diagnose, as there is no single, definitive test for MS.

The team from Mississippi Power is currently the top team with nearly $3,000 raised in donations.

Other top teams include Making Strides for Shannon at $1,240 raised and Navigator Credit Union at $1,210 raised. But for people like Wiley, it isn’t all about the size of the donation.

“Every donation, no matter how large or small, counts because they all go together,” he said. This organization is the largest collector of funds to help bring an end to MS.”

Donations raised at Saturday’s walk will go toward multiple avenues of aid to those affected by MS.

“The money goes for a variety of things,” Wiley said. “This association is the biggest funder of research, but also to provide services to people who can’t afford. So it’s everything to providing to people suffering from MS to providing research dollars that go into treatments and cures of this disease.”

Anyone who was unable to attend the walk but would still like to donate can still do so at the National MS Society at

“It’s going to take all of us working together to bring an end to this disease,” Wiley added.

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Volunteers Partner for Home Fire Prevention

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Chevron Pascagoula Refinery recently partnered with the American Red Cross, Pascagoula Fire Department and U.S. Navy volunteers to educate local residents about fire safety. More than 50 volunteers gathered on Feb. 3 to go door-to-door in east Pascagoula to pass out educational material and install free smoke alarms in homes where there are no working smoke alarms, not enough smoke alarms, or alarms that were not installed correctly.

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Charity Run Nets $2,500 for Home of Grace for Women

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The Chevron Women’s Network Charity 5K Run was held in Pascagoula in June and raised $2,500 to benefit Home of Grace for Women , an addiction treatment center in Jackson County.

This marked the 13th annual event, which is sponsored by the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery Women’s Network and hosted by the Gulf Coast Running Club. More than 100 runners participated.

Spearheaded by Women’s Network site leader Ginger Grafton (Planning) and event coordinator Vickie Garner (HES), the 5K run and 1-mile fun run started and finished at the Beach Park in Pascagoula.

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Give. Volunteer. Advocate. Live United.

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Beginning in September, the United Way for Jackson and George Counties will once again raise funds and awareness for its services and member agencies during the annual giving campaign. Annuitants Freddie Perryman and Jerry Hoag will head the Refinery’s internal employee campaign.

The mission of the United Way is to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another. The organization has 19 member agencies, including groups like American Red Cross, Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence, Home of Grace and the Girl and Boy Scouts.

Employee contributions are eligible to be matched through Chevron’s Humankind program, doubling the impact of every donation. Funds donated by Chevron and its employees traditionally account for more than 30 percent of the entire community campaign.
Employees have two options when deciding how to contribute – they can give a onetime contribution or sign up for an automatic payroll deduction. The payroll deduction is arranged through the Humankind website, which is accessible from the Refinery’s intranet homepage.

As a way for the Refinery to recognize employees for their support to the annual campaign, drawings will be held for numerous prizes. All contributors will be entered into our annual prize drawing for the following: one $1,000 cash prize; one day off with pay; gas gift cards; a custom crafted Paul LeBatard filet knife; a reserved employee parking spot at the PNC and Admin. Building, and more.

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Chevron Employees Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

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Chevron Pascagoula Refinery partnered with Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast to help build a new home in Pascagoula.
In July, 22 refinery employees volunteered at the new Fowler Fields subdivision, which is located off Lanier Avenue. Workers painted porches and built and installed louvered panels.
This is the refinery’s second year to partner with Habitat for Humanity. Special thanks to the following volunteers: Marissa Badenhorst (M&R), Garrett Beech (Technical), Amy Brandenstein (PGPA), Timothy Byrd (M&R), Bruce Chinn (Refinery Manager), Paul Gray (Oils Planning) and wife Elizabeth, Kevin Hofer (Technical), Sena Jones (RLT assistant), Jacquelyn Modist (M&R), Tony Price (Technical), Tammy Richards (management assistant), Alice Robinson (Procurement), Joe Robison (Operations), Jerry Scott
(M&R), Michael Seales (M&R), Melanie Smothers (Cracking II), Garrett Taylor (Coker) and his wife Allison, Asiyeh Zakermosala (Technical), Allan Zieber (Lab) and his son Allan.

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Chevron Families Support Heart Walk

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Thousands of people helped fight heart disease and strokes by participating in the annual Jackson County Heart Walk at River Park in Pascagoula in May. These diseases are the No. 1 and No. 4 cause of death nationwide.

The Heart Walk not only raises awareness of heart disease, but also is a fundraising event for the American Heart Association. Overall, the Jackson County Heart Walk raised nearly $125,000 for the organization. The Chevron team raised over $2,500 for the 2016 Heartwalk.

Special thanks to Kathy Boyers (OE/PSM), Melanie Landsiedel (Procurement), Sandra Colville (M&R), Vicki Guy (Health Quest), Becky Burns (Health Quest), Brandon Gray (Finance), Vickie Garner (HES) and Christy Lambert (Finance) for being our Chevron Heart Walk captains for 2016, and to all of the refinery volunteers and family members who participated in this community event.

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Finance Group Completes Service Project

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The Finance group recently participated in a community service project at The Salvation Army in Pascagoula.
The volunteers stocked the food pantry, sorted and moved goods, and removed expired items from the freezer. Rick Crane and Brandon Gray also leveled the shelves in the pantry.
“We learned a lot about the donation processes and the assistance local businesses give them along with what services they offer the community,” said Terri Hutson, finance business analysts supervisor.  
The group tries to complete two community events each year, and this was their second time to volunteer at The Salvation Army.

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Annual Soap Box Derby Rolls Through Moss Point

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Despite a wet start to the day, the 24th annual Deborah Washington Memorial Soap Box Derby was a success, with more than 30 competitors speeding across the finish line during the day-long event.
The race, held June 4 in Moss Point, was sponsored by the Chevron Black Employee Network (BEN) and Moss Point Active Citizens. The Chevron Enabled and PRIDE Networks also supported the event.
The Derby draws participants from across the Southeast and is open to children between the ages of 7 and 17 who build their cars from kits. Winners of the Moss Point divisions travel to Akron, Ohio to compete in the All-American Soap Box Championship.
More than 20 Refinery volunteers contributed to the success of the event by keeping the official heat times, hauling the derby cars from the finish line back to the start, positioning the cars on the starting ramp, and even handing out bottled water.
Thanks to Chevron volunteers Marissa Badenhorst, Kathy  Boyers, Bruce Chinn, Marcus Coleman, Allison Cook, Brian Cook (Bianca Cook), Larry Cooper, Micha Cumbest, Keith Delancey, Joelle Diamond, Mitch Ellerby, Kenny Erwin, Harold Finn, Alex Gardner, Vickie  Garner, Rayford Harris, Chuck  Howard, Cassie Inabinett, Marisa Jackson, VanLisa Jones, Faye Kea, Michael Kea, Nicole McBeath, Cheryl McLeod, Elyssa Okkelberg (Klaus Okkelberg), Kentrell Owens, Alice Robinson, Scotty Scott, Michael Seales, Alan Sudduth, and Regina Thompson.

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Refinery Offers Training for Volunteer Firefighters

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More than 60 volunteer firefighters from stations in Jackson, George, and Mobile (Ala.) counties attended the annual training event hosted by the Pascagoula Refinery Plant Protection Department in April.
Firefighters who attended were able to practice dowsing flames at several of the fire training ground’s props, including the tanker truck. They also honed their search and rescue skills by navigating the smokehouse, which simulates conditions in a house fire, and received hands-on training using the Jaws of Life for rescuing dummies from vehicles.
“This kind of specialized training can be expensive, and you’d normally have to travel pretty far to find somewhere that teaches such a variety of skills, but we’re able to offer a full day of instruction for free to these firefighters,” explained Teddy Riley, a Chevron fire specialist and the event organizer.
“These firefighters already have the knowledge and expertise in their area, such as fighting house fires,” Riley explained. “This is a chance for us to share our expertise in fighting fires like they might find with a vehicle or a gas station or tanker truck. It might be years before they use the knowledge they’re gaining today, but they’ll be better prepared when that day comes.”
Several vendors supported the training event, including ABC Recycle, ORR Safety, Blossman Gas, Akron Brass, Emergency Equipment Professionals, Forts Lake Fire Department and Randall Platt with Jackson County Fire Department.
Thanks to Zachry and Hub Security for their assistance in helping make the event a success.
Additionally, a special thanks goes to all of the Plant Protection and Emergency Response Team members who assisted with the event.

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Walking for MS

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Pascagoula Refinery employees, family members and friends joined in the Walk MS: Mississippi Gulf Coast on March 5 to raise awareness and fundraising for multiple sclerosis (MS). More than 300 walkers participated, and more than $27,000 was raised during the event, with donations supporting programs and services that help people affected by MS.

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