Chevron plans to give back to Richmond community with event that will provide fun and school supplies to 1,000 disadvantaged local youth.

Chevron organizes ‘back to school’ event in Richmond

By Zahid Rafiq-Richmond Confidential, September 14, 2011

Chevron will host a “Back to School” event at Nevin Park this Friday to provide school supplies to 1,000 disadvantaged Richmond children.

The event is part of the Volunteer Center’s Week of Caring, during which Chevron, the United Way and other Bay Area corporations sponsor employees to volunteer and help complete projects at local Bay Area nonprofit agencies. Chevron employees will participate in 47 projects in West Contra Costa County during the Week of Caring. This is Chevron’s fourth year as a sponsor, and employees have volunteered for the last eight years, said Melissa Ritchie, a Chevron spokesperson.

Chevron has been a proud member of the Richmond community for over 100 years and understands the importance of providing opportunities for the children in Richmond to help prepare them for a bright future,” Ritchie said. “The event is a bright spot for the City, helping students who may be in need of school supplies that may otherwise have difficulty acquiring them. The event also helps to bring the community together to support Richmond students to help them succeed in school.”

Ritchie said that Chevron employees will volunteer in projects like Garden Clean Up with the Richmond Main Street Initiative and community gardening with Lots of Crops, and will also help to paint the Richmond Police Activities League Building.

The Nevin Park event will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and will have games like bean bag toss, bouncy houses, face painting, book reading, fishing and Frisbee toss.

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