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The Somos and PRIDE Employee Networks recently partnered to collect 354 children’s books for the Jackson County Literacy Council.
Employees throughout the refinery donated to the collection, and Somos Network representatives delivered the books to Literacy Council in October. The books were then distributed to children during the Jackson County Fair in October, and donated to the Little Free Libraries in Pascagoula.
Somos Network webmaster Heming Bai (Technical) explained how the project began with the Somos Network’s vision to positivly impact the community, and that the Jackson County Literacy Council was identified as an organization with strong connections to the local Latin American and Hispanic Community.
“Initially, I attended a leadership board meeting to bridge the connection and learn about how Somos can engage with JCLC,” Bai said. “Through this meeting, I was awed by the strong Chevron ties amongst board members and heard from the director about the need for children’s books for the fair. With strong support from the Somos Leadership Team and RLT sponsor (Louis Henry Jr.), we partnered with the PRIDE Network and embarked to help the Literacy Council meet the needs for the local community.”
Jackson County Literacy Council, started in 1987, was founded to improve education, life and social skills for men and women in Jackson County. In the latest census, almost 6,500 Jackson County residents have less than nine years of education.