The Morris Complex of LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies, recently announced donations totaling $112,733 to the United Way of Grundy, Will and Eastern LaSalle County.
“United Way mobilizes the caring power of communities to advance the common good. LyondellBasell is proud to be a part of their vital work,” Bob Patel, LyondellBasell CEO and chairman of the management board, said in a press release. “I am grateful for our employees across the U.S. who demonstrated their tremendous generosity during the company’s annual United Way campaign.
“Through their volunteer efforts and financial contributions, our employees exemplify our company’s mission to be a good neighbor in the communities where we operate.”
One of the programs funded through the United Way of Grundy County’s campaign is the Community Nutrition Network. Annually, more than 15,000 hot, nutritious noon-time meals are delivered five days a week to senior citizens who live in Grundy County.
These elderly individuals are of one of the most vulnerable populations, most of them frail and living alone. The Meals on Wheels program not only ensures that no senior goes hungry, but it also allows an opportunity for a wellness check and social interaction for the senior citizens in Grundy County.
“LyondellBasell and its employees once again made a positive impact in our community through their annual United Way campaign,” said Karen Nall, United Way of Grundy County executive director. “In addition, many employees volunteer their time throughout the year for local not-for-profit agencies, by serving on boards, and at various events. Their commitment and support helps make a difference for those in need in our community.”
In 2016, LyondellBasell held United Way campaigns at 23 company sites across the U.S. and raised a total of $2.65 million.
“It is a honor to support organizations that touches the lives of so many,” said Brian Angwin, Morris Complex site manager. “Our employees are truly proud to contribute to United Way many times both financially and physically to local agencies.”
About LyondellBasell’s Morris Plant
Approximately 400 employees and contractors work on the site which covers an area of almost 700 acres. Using natural gas liquids as a feedstock, the plant manufactures ethylene, the world’s most widely-used petrochemical, which is then converted into polyethylene plastic resins.
These resins serve as building blocks for countless products that provide the necessities of modern life, such as leak-proof and shatter-proof containers for industrial and household chemicals, packaging that protects our food from spoilage and contamination, and children's toys that are safe and durable. LyondellBasell is one of the largest producers of ethylene and polyethylene in North America.