Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of Caltex brand of fuels and lubricants, held its second blended annual Chevron Volunteer Week with both virtual and real-world activities.
Chevron provided sustainable aid to local communities while promoting a more sustainable lifestyle to the employee-volunteers through online workshops.
Volunteer Week 2021 started with Project Oh My Gulay wherein Chevron sourced vegetables from farmers in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija through partner St. Isidore the FARMer Learning Center Inc., a training center for the development of agriculture. The vegetables were donated to 80 families in Brgy. Pagibig sa Nayon in Quezon City together with three days’ worth of food supplies.
Chevron volunteers also attended a virtual cooking workshop hosted by Chef Joy Escobar where they learned how to prepare organic and healthy dishes.
The second activity held was Project Bokashi Compost, facilitated by Karen Pascua, a certified Bokashi Compost Mentor and Edible Urban Gardener. Volunteers were taught the importance of food waste diversion and composting using Bokashi Technology.
Chevron also donated Bokashi Compost kits and grocery packs to 56 families in Tondo, Manila through St. John Bosco Parish and Bureau of Plant Industry’s Gulayan ni Juan, a community effort that helps families within Tondo to sustain their livelihood by selling local produce.
A staple activity in Chevron Volunteer Week is the annual Batangas Coastal clean-up, held every September in time for the International Coastal Clean-up month. A total of 64 volunteers cleaned up the two-kilometer coastline in San Pascual, which straddles the Chevron Batangas Terminal.
The last activity was Project Joy. led by a certified KonMari consultant, Renalyn Tan Castillejos. Chevron volunteers learned the Konmari method wherein they had to let go of the things that don’t spark joy anymore but can still be beneficial to those who are in need.
The activity was in partnership with Project Pearls, a non-stock, nonprofit and non-partisan organization whose mission is to help the poorest children and families have a better life through education, literacy, nutrition, healthcare, empowerment and livelihood. All decluttered stuff from the volunteers were donated to the beneficiaries in Brgy. Malainen Bago, Naic, Cavite, a relocation site for the poor families of Tondo, Manila.
Chevron has been conducting Volunteer Week every year since 2009.