Global Day of Caring
We commemorated our 85th anniversary by giving back to our communities through a Global Day of Caring.
Nearly 1,000 of our employees participated in our inaugural Global Day of Caring, contributing more than 3,500 volunteer hours to 20 events in nine locations across the globe. The volunteer hours also generated $89,000 in grants to these organizations through the NobleACTS Global Matching Gifts Program.
In Houston, the Global Day of Caring occurred just three weeks after Hurricane Harvey decimated the city. Planned activities were revised to address urgent needs without neglecting other community priorities. Across the still-waterlogged city, 500 employees gathered to:
- Clean, paint, and help get Aldine Family Hope Center back up and running, as well as organizing donations for the center to distribute to storm-affected families.
- Assemble 150 care packages from donated and purchased items for Blue Star Mothers to ship to our troops serving overseas. In each package was a hand-written note of appreciation.
- Stock the shelves of Love146’s new Reimagine Thrift Store with items collected by employees prior to the event – 68 boxes of career clothing, children’s clothing, shoes, jewelry and children’s books and toys. Profits from the store go to Love146’s programs to end child trafficking.
- Sort and pack donated food items at the Houston Food Bank. To support the food bank’s ongoing programs, the team sorted more than 10,000 pounds of food, representing 8,700 meals. To feed victims of Hurricane Harvey, the team assembled an additional 8,352 meals.
In South Texas, employees hosted an appreciation barbecue lunch at our Dilley office for officers from Dilley Police Department and sheriff deputies from Frio County. They also delivered meals to families in need with the Dilley Police Department and prepared and delivered 300 personal hygiene kits to two local shelters – Casa de Misericordia in Laredo and Wintergarden Women’s Shelter in Carrizo Springs.
In West Texas, employees gathered and delivered school supplies to two local school districts, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah and Balmorhea, and also delivered meals for Meals on Wheels.
In Colorado, 270 employees took on multiple projects:
- Assembling 80 care packages from donated and purchased items for Blue Star Mothers to ship to our troops serving overseas. As in Houston, each package contained a hand-written note expressing personal appreciation.
- Building fences, planting trees and improving the 240-acre outdoor education and recreation facility of Colorado Youth Outdoors (CYO). During the day, CYO unveiled the dedication of an education classroom to Noble Energy to honor our longstanding partnership and employees who have become “champions” of this organization outside of work hours.
- Sorting, assembling and distributing more than 51,000 pounds of food, equal to more than 43,000 meals, for the Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver, which serves 30 counties in Colorado and the entire state of Wyoming.
- Sorting and packing food at Weld Food Bank in Greeley, a long-standing partner. Employees assembled 540 emergency food boxes, packed 900 pounds of beans, bagged 534 pounds of potatoes and sorted through 28,006 pounds of produce.
- Helping Growhaus, a nonprofit indoor farm, marketplace and educational center, by cleaning the chicken coop, rabbit cage, and bee box, trimming trees and building fences.
- Working side-by-side with Tennyson Center for Children staff to assemble care packages for the children at the center.
In Israel, despite stormy seas, more than 100 employees worked a collective 400 hours in partnership with EcoOcean to clean the Hadera River Park and Beach.
In Cyprus, employees made needed improvements at the Kofinou Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers facility, including installation of park equipment.
In Equatorial Guinea, fifty employees repaired fishing boats, hosted fishing safety training and supplied fishermen in the Basupu community with safety kits that included life vests, gloves, fishing wire and reflective tape. Employees also readied Basupu’s school (which we constructed in 2016) for classes to start with renovations and new school supplies.
In Cameroon, employees helped build a kitchen and provided supplies for the IMSHA School and Orphanage for Deaf Children. The school houses 20 children ages five to 17.