What defines a “philanthropic powerhouse”?
One local corporation knows the answer lies beyond the ability to give generously.
Organizations and programs that help to make Washington County a vibrant place to live and work have been energized by the dynamic support of CONSOL Energy, a Pittsburgh-based producer of natural gas and coal. The company is one of the largest independent natural gas exploration, development and production companies, with operations centered in the major shale formations of the Appalachian basin.
“For 150 years, CONSOL Energy has tried to not only produce valuable resources, but also to be a vital part of the fabric of our communities. We believe it is important not only to power our communities, but empower them as well,” stated Kurt Salvatori, Vice President of Human Resources.
It would be challenging to compile a comprehensive list of all the good work that has been done. In 2014 alone, more than $5 million has been awarded through CONSOL’s charitable giving program, which was designed to reflect the interests and core values of the company. Investments are made in human services and educational organizations that focus on sustainable change and building strong, healthy communities.
Thousands of dollars in donations are awarded annually to emergency responders and public safety organizations. This funding helps to provide safety equipment, fire trucks, canine units, as well as education and training to help protect our communities.
CONSOL Energy and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation have partnered to provide Kindle Fire tablets to local elementary schools, as well as backpacks and school supplies to more than 400 first graders in Washington and Greene Counties. The company is also the largest single corporate contributor to the Washington County Community Foundation’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program, which works to ensure local children have access to quality and innovative educational experiences.
Hungry families have benefited from CONSOL’s generosity too. By underwriting the cost to process venison at approved facilities, the company has helped to feed clients of the Greater Washington County Food Bank and many other food banks across the region through the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program. This initiative annually provides more than 750,000 meals statewide.
And you don’t have to go far before you will find a CONSOL-sponsored youth team at play.
But, the company’s commitment to philanthropy consists of much more than financial support. CONSOL strives to engage employees in all of its philanthropic activities – from delivering backpacks and school supplies to students at Claysville Elementary to clearing litter and planting trees along local highways. In December, the company-wide Operation Troop Appreciation collection (for men and women who are serving overseas) will again be in full swing.
CONSOL also recognizes that the caring, community-minded individuals who work at the company have their own charitable interests. Employees are encouraged to pursue personal volunteer activities and take advantage of opportunities for flexible scheduling in order to be able to participate.
“Powering progress comes with great responsibility. We would like to be thought of as a leader in the industry in all aspects: innovation, production, conservation, environmental stewardship, corporate responsibility, and of course, our deep roots and commitment to the communities where our employees and their families live and work,” Salvatori said. “We view all of the communities in which we operate as our partners, and we aim to treat them as such.”
That perspective has enabled CONSOL Energy to be an important part of the Washington County landscape for the last 150 years, solidifying its role as an exceptional corporate citizen and building a legacy that will last for many years to come.