A little over a week ago, we brought you highlights from the Venezuela-Citgo energy efficient lighting program. Before that, we reported on their discounted heating oil program and the Bronx development project. Today, we bring you the latest in Citgo’s efforts to give back to American communities in need.
In a Maryland suburb just outside of Washington DC, Citgo and Venezuela announced a $1.5 million donation to CASA de Maryland (CASA), a service and advocacy organization assisting Latinos and other immigrants. Just as with the free light bulb program, Citgo’s donation will help this non-profit replicate the successful model of cooperatives that has flourished in Venezuela in recent years.
According to CASA, comprehensive educational, vocational training, and economic development programs will be created through the grant and will serve about 5,000 low-income participants. Read the Washington Post’s take in their article published yesterday.
Now that’s the kind of corporate responsibility we can get behind.