Chevron announced a new program with the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund

Chevron  announced a new program with the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund (The Ed. Fund) and online education charity DonorsChoose.org to fund science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) oriented classroom project requests submitted by public school teachers in West Contra Costa County.
In collaboration with DonorsChoose.org, which connects individual donors with public school classrooms in need, Chevron will provide up to $60,000 to support classroom projects in West Contra Costa Unified School District via the charity’s “Double Your Impact” program. Chevron’s funds will be used to match contributions made by donors to STEM-oriented projects before April 1, 2010.  If the $60,000 has not been fully expended after that period, Chevron will apply any remaining funds to other DonorsChoose.org projects across the West Contra Costa District in need of additional support. Chevron also is working with The Ed. Fund to raise awareness of the program to local school districts in an effort to increase the number of projects posted on the site and increase donations from the community.
“Supporting classroom projects in the Richmond area will inspire more students to take interest in the science, math, engineering and technology fields,” said Mike Coyle, General Manager of Chevron’s Richmond Refinery.  “By working closely with DonorsChoose.org and The Ed. Fund, we can create opportunities for West County school districts to implement creative new programs and provide teachers with the tools they need to encourage students to pursue successful futures.”
Any public school teacher in West County is eligible to submit project requests on the DonorsChoose.org website.  Projects can range from the purchase of lab equipment to new computers or even portable greenhouses. Everyday visitors to the site can browse the project requests and help fund projects of their choice by contributing any amount.
“Students in our area still need ongoing support to be given the educational experience they deserve despite the budget crisis that our schools are currently facing,” said Jennifer Henry, Executive Director of The Ed. Fund. “Chevron’s generous support and financial funding means teachers and students can have opportunities to offer innovative projects that support student learning despite some of challenges they are facing in today’s world.”
Chevron’s participation with The Ed. Fund and DonorsChoose.org in West County is part of the company’s statewide collaborative effort with DonorsChoose.org.  As with the West Contra Costa Unified School District program, Chevron is matching donations through the “Double Your Impact” campaign for selected classroom projects posted on DonorsChoose.org from public school districts in the Bay Area, the San Joaquin Valley and the Los Angeles Basin.  The support for these programs is part of Chevron’s California Partnership, an initiative to invest in education and economic development in California by expanding the company’s relationships with nonprofits that are focused on supporting underserved communities. More information on the California Partnership can be found at www.chevron.com/ca.