employees recognised for community volunteerism
Chevron’s employee volunteerism was recently recognised at the Aberdeen Council Voluntary Organisation (ACVO) Annual Awards Ceremony where the company was a finalist for the ‘Friends of the Third Sector’ award, which recognises a company’s support for local communities. Chevron was nominated by long standing community partner Aberdeen Cyrenians as well as Erskine Homes.
“Being a finalist for the ACVO Awards is great recognition of the commitment of our colleagues to support community organisations that are helping improve lives across the region,” said Alex Yelland, Chevron Upstream Europe’s (CUE) Policy, Government and Public Affairs manager, who accepted the finalist award on behalf of Chevron from Aberdeen’s Lord Provost, Councillor George Adam.
ACVO is the Third Sector Interface for Aberdeen City and is part of Voluntary Action Scotland. AVCO develops, involves, represents and supports the voluntary, charity and social enterprise organisations in Aberdeen. Joyce Duncan Chief Executive, of ACVO, said: “These awards recognise fantastic examples of collaborative working across all parts of the city - whether they are in the fields of faith, environment, education or recreation. All organisations, from nominees to winners, should be acknowledged as leaders in the Aberdeen community.”
The nomination from Aberdeen Cyrenians was in recognition of the support Chevron’s volunteers have made to the local charity’s ‘Street Alternatives Programme’ which is focused on providing key services for homeless people across the city. Scott Baxter, Deputy Chief Executive of Aberdeen Cyrenians, said: “Chevron's ongoing support for our services, like our Street Alternatives initiative which provides hot meals, showers and laundry facilities to those sleeping rough on the streets of Aberdeen, is invaluable. The practical help we receive from the 20 Chevron employees who regularly volunteer really has a positive impact on our services and service users.”
The nomination from Erskine Homes, which provides nursing and medical care for ex-Service men and women in Scotland, acknowledged the efforts of two Chevron employees, Andy Brooks Erskine asset manager and Geoff Johnson, Business Planning engineer, who undertook a 282 kilometre bike ride challenge to raise funds. "We celebrate our centenary today and without the support of organisations like Chevron and its employees, we would not be able to deliver the level of care veterans deserve. This includes nursing, respite and dementia care to over 1,000 veterans and their spouses living in our four homes throughout Scotland." said Michael Parkes, Erskine's Community Fundraiser for North Scotland.
Laura Easton, CUE’s Stakeholder Engagement and Social Investment advisor, added: “We would like to thank our employees who are so often the driving force behind our successful social investment programs. We also want to acknowledge the important work that our community partners like the Cyrenians and the Erskine Charity do.”