Chesapeake employees have been enriching communities as volunteers for more than 20 years. A substantial part of our community engagement, volunteerism is one of the many ways we partner with communities to address needs and issues. In fact, community service is so pervasive in our company that in 2009 we established the H.E.L.P. (Helping Energize Local Progress) Initiative. A comprehensive companywide volunteer endeavor, this program provides our employees with meaningful opportunities to serve their neighbors and better their communities through volunteerism and community service.
From school supply drives and trash clean ups to revamping parks and renovating homes for people in need, our H.E.L.P. Initiative covers a broad scope of volunteer efforts and provides opportunities throughout the year to fill needs and build strong foundations for the future in local communities.
Created in 1995 as one of the company’s first volunteer programs, the Chesapeake Mentoring Program reached almost 350 school children during the 2013 – 2014 school year. Oklahoma City employees volunteer an hour of their time mentoring students at one of four inner-city schools close to the company’s headquarters — Harding Charter Preparatory High School, Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School and Horace Mann Elementary, where a mentor is provided for every student at the school.
Since the program began, our employees have impacted the lives of thousands of children. The results have improved reading scores, decreased drop-out rates and created positive relationships between students and volunteers, as well as encouraged support for other needs to benefit students by donating school supplies, coats for winter and toy drives for the holidays.
As part of the company’s 20th anniversary celebration in 2009, Chesapeake issued a challenge to employees via the H.E.L.P. Initiative to complete 20,000 hours of community service in five weeks. Employees met the challenge head on, donating more than 26,000 hours of community service to 575 organizations in more than 70 communities across the country.
The success of this initial call to action led to the formation of our annual Operation Blue campaign — a summer volunteer program allowing employees four hours of company time to give back to the organization of their choice. In the past five summers, thousands of Chesapeake volunteers have contributed more than 166,200 volunteer hours during Operation Blue to hundreds of organizations in Chesapeake operating areas. The amount of work completed in just five summers equals that of a full-time employee working 40 hours a week for nearly 80 years.
In keeping with the spirit of giving at Chesapeake, H.E.L.P. for the Holidays provides donation drives and community volunteer opportunities for employees across the company opportunities to help those in need during the holiday season.
Employees affect the lives of thousands of people by pledging monetary donations, providing resources and volunteering. Numerous drives are held to collect coats, winter clothes, toys and canned goods for underprivileged families and children.
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