Christian Gutierrez, left, Giovanni Gutierrez, center, and other volunteers paint a fence on Utah Street near Hayes Street during a Matt Garcia Foundation neighborhood cleanup in April (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)
FAIRFIELD — Valero Refinery in Benicia is giving a total of $350,000 in grants to 26 children’s charities nominated by refinery employees.
Money comes from the 2012 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children Golf Classic held in April in San Antonio. Valero nationwide will distribute $9 million to children’s charities in areas where it does business.
“We appreciate all that these agencies do to improve children’s lives,” Valero General Manager John Hill said in a press release. “With an uncertain economy and continued financial pressures around our nation, it gives us great joy to support children in communities where our employees live, work and volunteer.”
Among the grants handed out by the local Valero refinery are:
- $12,000 to the Matt Garcia Foundation. The foundation works at creating a safe environment for youths and to strengthen the community of Fairfield.
- $15,000 to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano’s Farm2Kids program. The program distributes fresh produce to children attending schools in low-income neighborhoods.
- $10,000 to the Loma Vista Farm in Vallejo. Thousands of children visit the farm annually to learn about nutrition and earth science.
- $15,000 to Girl Scouts of Northern California.
- $25,000 to the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club. The club provides after-school and summer programs.
- $12,000 to the Vacaville Swim Club. The club offers scholarships and free assistance for low-income families.
- $12,000 to the Western Railway Museum on Highway 12 between Suisun City and Rio Vista. Money will help pay for an exhibit that lets children explore the way energy is produced and learn about electric railroads.
- $9,000 to the Children’s Nurturing Project to help special needs children and their families in Solano County.
- $12,000 to the Court Appointed Special Advocates in Solano County to help abused and neglected children navigate the court system.
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Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.