Esso employees help out

ESSO Longford Plants employees lent a hand at George Gray Centre and Uniting Care Gippsland in Sale last week as part of the company’s annual day of caring volunteering initiative.

Esso volunteers braved wet weather at George Gray Centre in Sale, constructing a wheelchair accessible vegetable garden for clients, while volunteers at UnitingCare offices in Raymond St spent the day painting.

Esso Longford plants manager Monte Olsen said the day of caring was one of many worthwhile programs the plant supported each year to help community organisations and services in Gippsland.

The program, which is in its eleventh year, involves about 230 ExxonMobil Australia employees assisting 19 community organisations in areas where the company has its main facilities, including Gippsland, Melbourne, Altona, Yarraville, Western Port and Perth.

Previous groups in Sale which have benefited from the Esso volunteer work include Sale Neighbourhood House, the Salvation Army, Wilson Lodge and Sale Elderly Citizen’s Village.

In addition to the Sale projects, employees will also volunteer at the South Gippsland Hospital, Cancer Council Victoria, SIDS and Kids, Vision Australia, Aboriginal Literacy Foundation and Conservation Volunteers Australia.

George Gray Centre high support needs and communication co-ordinator Kerrie Miller said the centre was thrilled to have the volunteers.

“We really appreciate their assistance in building the vegetable garden for our clients,” she said.

United Way Australia, a non-profit organisation which promotes business and employee involvement in the community, played a key role in helping ExxonMobil partner with community service organisations for this event.

United Way Australia’s Melbourne general manager, Penny van der Sluys, said the day of caring was United Way Australia’s largest single corporate volunteering day.

“It’s amazing to see just how much work the ExxonMobil employees can get through in one day and the community groups we work with are very grateful for the opportunity to be involved in this fantastic initiative,” she said.

For more information on the Day of Caring, visit the website