Belle Chasse YMCA receives $500,000 grantOct 7th, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: news
Phillips66 Alliance Refinery announced recently that they would be giving a half-a-million dollar grant to the Belle Chasse YMCA to be used for the construction of a multipurpose community gymnasium.
This grant, which will be paid out over the next three years, is part of Phillips66’s new pilot program, called the Signature Community Initiative Program—the company will be setting aside $1 million every year to go towards areas of need in the surrounding communities.
“This program uses a strategic, targeted approach to partner with local nonprofit organizations to find grassroots-level solutions to education, health and safety, and environmental issues,” said Melissa Ory, Public Affairs Representative for the Phillips66 Alliance Refinery. “This grant will really allow Phillips 66 to step up as a corporate neighbor. Our goal is do whatever we can to help out our community. This new gym has a lot of potential—it can be used as an emergency center, or as a venue for events and community meetings, as well as serving its traditional purpose.”
Phillips 66, the Parish, and the YMCA are all forming a symbiotic relationship in which each entity can help the other to better the quality of life in Plaquemines.
“As parish president, I recognize first-hand Phillips 66’s ongoing commitment to our community. In addition to being a major employer for Southeast Louisiana and a revenue-creator within our area, Phillips 66—through strategic giving endeavors such as this Signature Community Initiative—sets the bar for what it means to be a good corporate neighbor,” said Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser. “Our community is in high need of a multipurpose gymnasium, and with Phillips 66’s significant funding to the YMCA, we’re able to get this priority project going. The benefits—particularly for the youth in our community—will be great!”
“This is an amazing gift,” said Ashli Fragomeni, Associate Executive Director for the YMCA. “This new facility will give us the ability to expand our programs, and become more accessible to the community.”
The first allotment of money, approximately $126,000, is going towards the planning stage of this project, which is already under way.