Shell Puget Sound Refinery gifts United Way of Skagit County $5,000 for Youth United program

Skagit County, WA –Shell Puget Sound Refinery contributed $5,000 to United Way of Skagit County’s Youth United program, which is an afterschool club for local high school students that connects them with local volunteer opportunities, bringing out the most in their communities and themselves.

“The Shell Puget Sound Refinery is very excited to partner with Youth United” commented Cory Ertel, External Relations Manager at Shell Puget Sound Refinery “This program is an excellent way to engage our youth and high school aged kids, develop their leadership skills, and encourage them to give back in our community.”

Last year 124 students participated in the Youth United clubs in Burlington-Edison, Sedro-Woolley, and Concrete high schools. The students collectively dedicated over 6,000 volunteer hours to their community. Of all the participants, 39 club members earned a varsity letter from their school through United Way’s Youth United program for completing over 100 hours of community service individually through the year.

“I think the importance of keeping the program alive and keeping it going is to get more kids to gain that sense of pride and to help those different entities in our community that need the support and help.” Don Beazizo, Youth United Coach at Burlington-Edison states “It’s the most valuable lesson any of our kids can learn.”

Leslie Kratzer, Vice President of Burlington-Edison’s 2014-15 Youth United Program added “you get the satisfaction of feeling like you helped something; you did something for yourself and the community around you.”

Some of the volunteer opportunities Youth United students participated in last year ranged from tutoring and coaching children, participating in reading and English language programs at local libraries, sorting items at food banks, as well as developing their own projects such as making care packages for soldiers overseas.

United Way thanks Shell PSR for supporting this important program and their leadership as an elite partner of the United Way for 51 years.

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