From South Texas to Pennsylvania, we have field offices in top U.S. oil and natural gas plays.
Our core values drive us to be a responsible member of the communities where we operate, and that includes partnering with nonprofit organizations to strengthen the places we call home. Our support aligns with four charitable categories that honor our core values and allow us to invest in organizations that meet local needs.
At Chesapeake, community involvement means more than just a financial donation. Our engagement is built upon intentional partnerships with nonprofits, sharing both our resources and the power of our people. After learning of an organization’s needs, we consider many forms of giving, including financial and in-kind donations. Qualified organizations can apply for funding and learn more about our in-kind gifting opportunities here.
Our employees – including members of our executive team − also share their time, resources and business acumen by serving as board members for many of our nonprofit partners. Due in part to our employees’ leadership, these organizations continue to strengthen and expand the services they offer to our communities. Some of the nonprofits served by our employees include:
Through our H.E.L.P. (Helping Energize Local Progress) Initiative, we actively seek partnerships and volunteer opportunities that create a sustainable impact in the areas where we live. Showcasing the power of One CHK, our employees give their time generously, either individually or as larger groups. Employees may also use four hours of company time per year to volunteer at the nonprofit of their choice. Organizations may request volunteer support by contacting our Social Responsibility team.
A cornerstone of our H.E.L.P. Initiative is the Chesapeake Mentoring Program, one of Oklahoma’s largest mentoring organizations. For 24 years, the program has paired employees with Oklahoma City students for weekly mentoring. Employees spend quality time with students during scheduled visits, encouraging academic performance, building self-esteem and helping instill responsibility.
We recognize that building STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) awareness and increasing STEM education in schools is critical to fueling the next generation of leaders in the oil and gas industry. We are excited to implement our first STEM grant for K −12 public school teachers in our rural Oklahoma operating areas of Kingfisher and Weatherford. Our goal is to provide teachers with funds to help generate long-lasting benefits to students through new or enhanced STEM curriculum. Each teacher was able to apply for up to $2,000, and a total of $10,000 will be awarded. Recipients will be announced in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Every fall, Chesapeake hosts an employee-driven companywide fundraising campaign for our local United Way chapters, with the company matching employee donations. Through a variety of activities and events, our corporate campus and field offices raise awareness and collect donations for the organization and its beneficiaries.
In Oklahoma City, Chesapeake consistently has one of the largest employee giving campaigns benefiting United Way of Central Oklahoma each year. Chesapeake employees raised approximately $1.35 million for the organization in 2018.