New England c-store chain VERC Enterprises recently presented Fiske Elementary School in Lexington, Mass., with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program.
VERC is a Mobil/Gulf/Irving gasoline operator. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corp. and Global Partners LP, the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide local retailers an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through educational grants to neighborhood schools.
Gerry Ulysse, team leader of the VERC Lexington Mobil, presented the grant check to Fiske Elementary School Principal Thomas Martellone.
“We’re proud to participate in such a fine program that recognizes and supports the quality of local schools,” said Longtime VERC team member and VERC President Jim Fitzgerald.
VERC Enterprises is an independent chain of convenience stores and gasoline stations, with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The original business was founded by Eugene Vercollone. Today, the business remains under family ownership, with Mr. Vercollone’s sons Leo and Paul serving as CEO and Senior Vice President, respectively.
With more than 350 employees, VERC is a leader in hiring individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and has more than 20% of its workforces comprised of IDD Intellectually/Developmentally Disabled (IDD) citizens.
VERC maintains ongoing partnerships with organizations including Best Buddies, ARC of Greater Plymouth and others to provide employment opportunities for IDD individuals. VERC is also working with the state’s Re-Entry program to provide employment opportunities for former inmates who have been rehabilitated.