ExxonMobil Community Involvement Through Employees

Daily Point of Light # 4838 Aug 23, 2012

ExxonMobil Community Involvement Through Employees (ExC!TE) was founded in 1992 by a group of employees with a desire to support worthwhile community organizations and projects in our area. ExC!TE is aimed at enriching the quality of life in the Baton Rouge area through volunteer involvement. The group offers a variety of volunteer projects to ExxonMobil Baton Rouge area employees, retirees, their family members and friends. These community projects are supported by both individual and group volunteerism.

ExC!TE has partnered with numerous organizations to address a variety of social and educational issues in our community. These include monthly food sorting at the Baton Rouge Food Bank, monthly recycling with the local recycling office, assisting with registration for a local minority cancer awareness screening event, manning the children’s village at Louisiana Earth Day, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, participation in United Way Day of Action events and much, much more.

During the last 20 years, more than 15,300 ExxonMobil employees, retirees, and their families completed more than 1300 local ExC!TE projects totaling more than 65,000 hours of volunteerism in the Baton Rouge area. In addition to their volunteer time, employees and their immediate families are earning matching grant dollars through the ExxonMobil Foundation’s Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP). Last year, $715,000 was generated in VIP grants for many local organizations. These volunteers provide invaluable experience and enthusiasm to help a wide variety of area non-profits plan and execute direct service and fund raising activities. These organizations have come to depend on these capable, committed volunteers to ensure the success of their programs, activities and events. As a result, more can be done with less. More clients can be directly impacted and more funds raised to support missions, ranging from supporting the arts to helping to meet basic human needs across the Baton Rouge area.

The group functions with a working employee board of directors, bylaws and a project nomination and evaluation process. Training is provided for volunteer project leaders and projects are selected from a variety of qualified non-profit 501(c)3 organizations and local schools. They are extremely organized and professional and serve as exemplary community ambassadors for our company.

While time off is provided by the company in support of volunteerism, the majority of these projects occurs on weekends. These caring folks give generously of their free time to support the missions and programs that are most important to them — and they have been doing it for 20 years! They demonstrate through their actions that everyone can make a difference. Their commitment and selflessness is an inspiration to their fellow employees, family, friends and the entire community.