Tulsa Family Thankful for New Habitat Home
Nov 25, 2002
Under the guidance of Habitat representatives, over 50 CITGO retirees and employees donated their time, talent and energy over the course of nine weeks in order to complete the house in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.
""We all have so much to be thankful for,"" said Jerry Harrison, a CITGO employee who was instrumental in completing the project. ""In addition to their time and talent, these CITGO volunteers also gave their own money to purchase a lawn mower, yard tools and home repair kit for the new homeowner. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Thanksgiving,"" he said.
While the seed money was provided by CITGO, the real team strength behind the project came from company retirees who worked on-site every Monday and current employees who worked every Saturday.
""The initiative for us to get involved in this project came from our retirees,"" said CITGO President and CEO Oswaldo Contreras. ""It is particularly exciting for us because this project is an ideal way to give back to the communities in which we operate and where we live and raise our families.""
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization which began in 1976 and is aimed at eliminating poverty housing and homelessness. The organization operates thanks to volunteer labor and financial support from companies, churches and individuals.
CITGO Petroleum Corporation, based in Tulsa, Okla., is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals, refined waxes, asphalt and other industrial products. It is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Republic of Venezuela.
For more information on CITGO, visit www.citgo.com."