Monday, April 16, 2012
While it’s true that April brings rain showers, pranks and tax payments, this year it will also bring hundreds of volunteers into the communities in the Barnett Shale. Kicking off on April 15 and running through June 15, Chesapeake’s Operation Blue volunteer program will give each Chesapeake employee the opportunity to take four hours of company time to help out in their local communities. In past years, Chesapeake employees across the Barnett have donated thousands of hours to dozens of area charities and projects.
Chesapeake employees are able to organize projects in department groups, or volunteer individually with their favorite organizations. Volunteer projects can include working at a local food bank, picking up litter, restoring homes or buildings or even volunteering with local police or fire departments.
“Chesapeake is committed to making a positive impact in our community, and Operation Blue is a great way to get our employees actively engaged with local organizations,” said Heather Scoggins, Chesapeake’s Community Relations Supervisor. “We’re always impressed with the enthusiasm and vigor that our employees bring to their volunteer assignments each year.”
Starting at the corporate office in Oklahoma City as part of the company's 20th anniversary celebration in the summer of 2009, the company challenged employees to complete 20,000 hours of community service in five weeks. This challenge was met head on, and the success of that initial campaign led to the formation of "Operation Blue" the following summer of 2010. Operation Blue is now an annual volunteer program in which employees roll up their sleeves in the communities they call home.
Organizations interested in benefiting from Operation Blue can sign up to be considered for employee volunteer projects. By filling out the form below, these organizations will be featured on the list of available projects. While there is no guarantee that signing up will bring volunteers, it will ensure that the project is considered.