Natural gas industry gives back to WV communities during holiday

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s oil and natural gas industry has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars and many man-hours to philanthropic organizations across the region during this holiday season, officials said.

“According to the famous quote: ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give’. The people who work in West Virginia’s oil and natural gas industry are dedicated to giving back to those in need,” said Anne Blankenship, executive director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association.

Members of WVONGA are giving back to the communities in which they operate in meaningful ways that include:

Dominion Energy and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are supporting children and communities this holiday season through contributions of time and resources to organizations like Calhoun Christmas Connection, WV Rescue Ministries, WV Children’s Home, Salvation Army, Elkins Marine Corps League Toys for Tots, Doddridge County Sheriff “Shop with a Cop” Program and the Harrison County Sheriff “Shop with a Deputy” Program.

XTO is supporting a variety of Wheeling area organizations providing toys to underprivileged children, health and dental care to the underserved, wreaths for veterans’ graves and funding to provide internships for northern panhandle college students.

Reserve Oil & Gas and Contractor Services Inc. of West Virginia hosted a benefit concert in Spencer, raising over $25,000 for the local Boy Scout troop and its regional council.

Chevron recently awarded $45,000 in grants distributed to Marshall County nonprofit organizations at the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley.

About 20 members of Crestwood’s West Virginia team helped the Town of Salem by restoring and refreshing the exterior of the town’s depot in time for the annual Apple Butter Festival.

Southwestern Energy provided support to nearly 20 organizations this holiday season, including: Mountaineer Foodbank, YSS Winter Freeze Shelter, Project HOPE, Hunters Helping the Hungry and Monongalia County Family Resource Network, among many others.

ST&E, an oilfield service company, recently collected food items for Lewis County’s “Our Neighbor” food program, while also participating in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program in both West Virginia and Ohio.

In lieu of holiday gifts to colleagues, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is donating to Operation Home Front, an organization working to build strong, stable and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities that they’ve worked so hard to protect.

“These are just a few examples of the industry’s efforts to give back to West Virginia, and we are very thankful for our many supporters and partners,” Blankenship said. “Our members and their employees live and work in our communities and we want to see them thrive.”