Jan 03, 2017
For the oil & gas industry, 2016 was a challenging year of low prices and reduced budgets. Despite the downturn, Marcellus Shale pioneers Range Resources conclude its support of Washington County non-profits and community organizations – at perhaps its highest level to date.
While drilling budgets have been reduced Range’s commitment to the community has remained at high levels. In 2016 the Marcellus Shale driller supported more locally based community organizations than ever before – more than 225 groups, both large and small.
The United Way of Washington County, which has seen a steady increase in donations every year since Marcellus Shale companies established a major presence in the area, raised its highest amount – $1,433,308 – in the 91-year history of the organization. Range’s vice president of engineering technology Joe Frantz was presented with the Lisa N. Beale Loyal Contributors Award, while the company contributed $131,399, which was near an all-time high for Range’s local campaign.
“We’re so proud to be able to work in Washington County,” said Range’s Christina Colalillo who helps to partner with many nonprofit organizations for the company. “In good times or tough times, we’re going to continue to support this community as best we can. We really hit new highs this year through community grant matching programs in particular.”
Range enlisted the help of more than 20 local businesses who work for the driller and leveraged dollars, volunteer hours, and donations to match grants made by the community to close the year on a particularly high note with three local campaigns, The American Cancer Society, the 2000 Turkeys Campaign benefiting the Greater Washington County Food Bank, and the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots help those programs raise nearly half of a million dollars. In fact, it was a near record year for 2000 Turkeys with nearly $140,000 raised with nearly $60,000 of those dollars coming from various Range fundraisers. The company was recognized as the Corporate Partner of the Year by the American Cancer Society for their long-time commitment to the group including this year’s first Real Men Wear Pink campaign, which was among the most successful in the United States.
Colalillo continued, “This county has been very fortunate and managed a sluggish national economy far better than most regions of the United States, but there are still neighbors in need. We’ve had the great fortune of working with literally hundreds of local residents who have volunteered their time and talents and opened their checkbooks to help give their neighbors a hand up during their time of need. It’s humbling to receive special recognition from amazing groups like the United Way and the American Cancer Society, but it’s the people of Washington County who are doing the great work who have joined us in this effort year after year.”
The company’s commitment to the community and appreciation for the dedicated community organizations and nonprofits culminated earlier this year at the first Range Resources Good Neighbor Awards, which will continue in 2017 recognizing those groups and individuals for their work in the region.
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