FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Marla Eby – Director, Marketing & Media Relations
Los Angeles, CA, August 27, 2020 – ARCO® today announced a $148,500 donation to Goodwill Southern California (GSC), in continued support of Goodwill’s employment programs. Since 2016, ARCO has partnered with Goodwill Southern California to invest in the sustainability of local communities through Goodwill’s mission of Transforming Lives Through the Power of Work.
With this most recent gift, ARCO becomes one of the first supporters of the upcoming “Do Good. Do Goodwill” campaign. ARCO’s donation will directly support the Goodwill SoCal Jobs Accelerator Fund, which will expand the scale and scope of Goodwill’s job training and placement services to meet the growing need resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.
“We at ARCO are committed to invest in our local communities through our partnership with Goodwill Southern California,” said John Rice, Manager of Advertising for Marathon Petroleum Corporation, which owns the ARCO brand. “Having worked with Goodwill Southern California over the past five years through hiring partnerships and donation drives, we know that Goodwill’s services are needed more than ever during this time of need.”
The donation from ARCO will help non-profit and social enterprise Goodwill Southern California fund its education, training, work experience and job placement services for individuals with barriers to employment throughout Los Angeles (N. of Rosecrans), Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. Programs assist individuals with disabilities, veterans, at-risk youth, individuals formerly incarcerated, the homeless, and job seekers in our local communities.
“ARCO understands that all members of our community have much to give, including people who have historically faced vocational challenges,” said Patrick McClenahan, President and CEO of Goodwill Southern California. “ARCO’s support has enabled us to provide vital employment services needed even more this year with so many people facing unemployment due to the COVID-19 crisis. We are grateful to ARCO, their customers and station owners who have made generous contributions for multiple years.”
To support Goodwill Southern California’s new “Do Good. Do Goodwill” campaign, and the Jobs Accelerator Fund, please visit Give.Goodwillsocal.org or Text “JOBS” to (323) 443-1277.
Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) is a leading, integrated, downstream energy company headquartered in Findlay, Ohio. The company operates the nation’s largest refining system. MPC’s marketing system includes branded locations across the United States, including Marathon brand retail outlets. Speedway LLC, an MPC subsidiary, owns and operates retail convenience stores across the United States. MPC also owns the general partner and majority limited partner interest in MPLX LP, a midstream company that owns and operates gathering, processing, and fractionation assets, as well as crude oil and light product transportation and logistics infrastructure. More information is available at www.marathonpetroleum.com.
In Southern California, Marathon Petroleum’s retail footprint is highlighted by a mix of more than 1,400 branded retail locations. MPC’s portfolio of brands in the region include: ARCO®, Mobil®, Shell® and USA Gasoline™. The California Division currently operates 200 company-owned, company-operated facilities under those fuel brands.
About Goodwill Southern California
Transforming lives through the power of work, Goodwill Southern California (GSC) serves individuals with disabilities or other vocational challenges, as well as businesses, by providing education, training, work experience and job placement services. Each year, GSC prepares and places thousands of individuals into sustainable employment through programs and services offered at three campuses, Career Resource Centers, WorkSource Centers, Deaf, Youth and Veteran Employment Programs throughout Los Angeles (north of Rosecrans Ave.), Riverside and San Bernardino counties. GSC supports its mission with proceeds generated from more than 80 stores and 30 attended donation centers. GSC spends 95 percent of its budget on programs and services. Committed to caring for the earth, last year GSC diverted over 100 million pounds of reusable or recyclable goods from landfills. Goodwill is GOOD for Everyone!