Members of TeamCITGO, an employee-driven volunteer group, joined community volunteers for a day-long rehabilitation project.
This time last year, in the immediate wake of Hurricane Harvey, CITGO and Rebuilding Together Houston joined forces to assist the Houston community. Now, one year later, CITGO Petroleum Corp. is joined Rebuilding Together Houston, and sponsor Entercom, to honor the one year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey with a volunteer event.
CITGO, Rebuilding Together Houston and Entercom hosted a rebuilding event and volunteer celebration in Houston’s Independence Heights neighborhood on Saturday, Aug. 25.
Rebuilding Together Houston is an organization providing free home repairs to low-income elderly, U.S. veterans, people with disabilities and families impacted by natural disasters. Entercom is one of the country’s two largest radio broadcasters, offering integrated marketing solutions and delivering the power of local connection on a national scale.
Members of TeamCITGO, the company’s Houston-based, employee-driven volunteer group, joined community volunteers for the day-long rehabilitation project. Afterwards, all enjoyed a celebration hosted by Rebuilding Together Houston partner Entercom at Independence Heights Park.
“The sheer volume of volunteering we have seen following the devastation left in Harvey’s wake is a testament to the Houston community,” said Larry Elizondo, CITGO general manager community relations, corporate social responsibility and legislative affairs. “The character of a community truly emerges when times are tough. Houston has proven that it is strong, resilient and kind. TeamCITGO is proud to do its part alongside such committed community partners.”
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner joined volunteers in the celebration featuring prizes and games, food and beverages, a live DJ, raffle prizes and much more. He said that he is proud of the recovery work CITGO and Rebuilding Together Houston are initiating in Houston.
“CITGO and Rebuilding Together Houston are making a difference where it matters most – right in Houston’s back yard,” said Mayor Turner. “Independence Heights represents the heart of Houston and I am proud of the work that’s being done to restore this community. Thank you TeamCITGO and Rebuilding Together Houston for all you are doing for the great City of Houston. The best is yet to come as we work together healing hearts and homes one at a time.”
In the immediate wake of Hurricane Harvey, CITGO and Rebuilding Together Houston joined forces with an immediate goal of repairing up to 300 homes in Houston’s Independence Heights community throughout the next three years, in addition to longer-term recovery efforts. In 2017, CITGO launched its “Fueling Good. Rebuilding Lives.” initiative, a larger effort dedicated to community recovery in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Through this initiative, CITGO has committed $10.9 million to storm recovery over the next three years, rebuilding homes and providing relief throughout Texas.