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. For 25 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.In 2019 we also fueled our communities through in-kind donations of services and materials to local nonprofits, including:
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. In 2019 we implemented our first set of STEM grants for K – 12 public school teachers in our rural Oklahoma operating areas of Kingfisher and Weatherford, awarding a total of five grants. Our goal is to provide teachers with funds to help generate long-lasting benefits to students through new or enhanced STEM curriculum.
Another way we supported STEM education in 2019 was through funding a STEM Center at MLK Elementary School in Oklahoma City, in partnership with The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools and The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, to encourage young students to become interested in STEM areas through hands-on learning.
Chesapeake also partnered with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2019 to sponsor the Thunder StatLab at four middle schools in Oklahoma. The StatLab allows students to learn the critical role that statistics play in sports using activities centered around basketball, such as studying block percentage, true shooting percentage and offensive efficiency.
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.
Even in a challenging year for our industry, Chesapeake employees generously gave back to their communities. In Oklahoma City employees raised approximately $1.2 million for United Way of Central Oklahoma in 2019.