ExxonMobil announces $500,000 in grant money to area agencies helping with Isaac aftermath

Monday, September 24, 2012 - 12:15pm

Volunteers and crews from agencies across Louisiana have been working around the clock in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.

"I started Monday before the hurricane, and probably worked three weeks through, straight," Glenn Jarreau, a Red Cross volunteer, said.

Volunteers and agencies essential to the ongoing recovery efforts were honored by one of the corporate leaders in the community. ExxonMobil announced Friday, Sept. 21, the gift of $500,000 in grant money for several agencies across Louisiana that provided aid and recovery during Isaac. For a small team of Red Cross volunteers that donation also had another meaning.

"So I worked at Exxon shift work and then I would come on my off days to continue to work here. So it was a lot of, not much off time,” Vince Gonzalez, an Exxon employee and Red Cross volunteer explained. “I know they support us, and they support us in our efforts to try to help the community."

Red Cross volunteer Glenn Jarreau worked at Exxon for close to 40 years. He said knowing his company still encourages his and other employees volunteer efforts makes him proud of the work he's doing.

"It makes me feel good to know the company I worked for is involved in the community and they want to get the people who worked for them involved in the community too," explained Jarreau.

As the Exxon team of volunteers can attest, the tens of thousands in grant money is already sorely needed.

"All this money coming in will be able to help replenish the supplies that we used for the storm and stuff like that," Gonzalez said.

The United Way and Catholic Charities were some of the other agencies on the receiving end of the grant money.

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