As our community continues to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we felt the responsibility to give back. MPC deployed its entire stock of personal protective equipment including gloves and N95 respirator masks to health care providers on the front lines fighting the pandemic. This donation included over 9,000 masks donated to a hospital in St. Paul, MN!
In addition, the Marathon Petroleum Foundation donated $1 million to the American Red Cross which will help supply critical resources necessary to safely provide disaster relief and support to those in crisis during the pandemic and beyond.
For over 25 years, we have partnered with Friends in Need Food Shelf to provide them the support needed to serve the those in need in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park, Newport and Grey Cloud Island in Minnesota. They have continued to provide food and resources to our neighbors, friends and families with dignity and respect, in an effort to end hunger in the area. In 2016, we donated the down payment for a new facility to be built to provide an adequate building that would better serve the community. Each year, MPC donates over $97,000 to Friends in Need, as well as countless volunteer hours to help pay for and support the mortgage, utilities, and other operational needs to keep the facility serving over 28,000 people in need per year.
At MPC, we're proud of the things we do to support the communities in which we live. One partnership we've made is with the United Way of the Greater Twin Cities. We are a sponsor of their Action Day, preparing students with supplies needed for a successful school year, donating volunteer time and money to support the efforts. In addition, we run an employee giving drive, where we hold fundraising activities with our employees to encourage their donations with an MPC match. In 2020, our employees held virtual fundraisers and made pledges to the Greater Twin Cities United Way, and with MPC's match, donated over $77,000!
For over 14 years, our employees have led volunteering efforts in cleaning up a two-mile stretch of highway in Cottage Grove, MN. As a part of Washington County's Adopt-A-Highway roadside cleanup program, our employees have spent summers ensuring the roadside and surrounding land is clear of trash and other debris. This is just one example of how our employees are making a difference by being stewards of the environment and take pride in the work we do to make a positive difference in the neighboring communities where we have the privilege to operate.
The St. Paul Park Refinery Community Advisory Panel (CAP) provides community members with an opportunity to discuss and make recommendations to the company regarding environmental, safety and other issues of concern to the citizens living near the refinery. The CAP meets to discuss information and issues of concern to both citizens and the company, while also providing a mutually beneficial forum to share information and respond directly to residents of the community.
- Richard Adams: SPPR Retiree
- Bob Barton: 3M Research Chemist Retiree
- Majel Carroll: Cottage Grove Citizen, Serves on Board of Stone Soup Thrift Shop
- Jessica Danberg: St. Paul Park Police Chief
- Steve Dennis: Cottage Grove City Council Member
- Sandi Dingle: St. Paul Park Mayor
- Maurice Fleming
- Bruce Hanson: Superintendent for City of Newport Public Works Department
- Corbin Hopkins: 3M Retiree; Lions Club Member and previous Newport City Council
- Lynn Hotaling
- Darren Nelson: Assistant Principal at Oltman Middle School in St. Paul Park
- Ed Newman: 3M Retiree
- Harold Scott: Principal at Cottage Grove Middle School
- Aaron Siek: USAF - MN Air National Guard
- Bill Sumner: Newport City Councilman
- Jodi Witte: South Washington County School District Grant & Wellness Coordinator