Supporting First Responders
The Plains First Responder Grant Program funds the resource and training needs of nonprofit emergency response and public safety organizations in the communities where Plains operates. We supply funds for improvements that will have a lasting, measurable impact, and a direct benefit to the safety or preparedness of response organizations. The grant program is one way for Plains to further empower the men and women who risk their lives daily for their communities.
As of July 2020, Plains and its subsidiaries have provided more than $2.6 million in grants to first responders in close proximity to our pipelines and facilities. Plains’ First Responder Grant Program giving guidelines and grant application form are available here.
Donations and Sponsorships
In 2019, we supported organizations including the United Way of Greater Houston, Junior Achievement, March of Dimes, Carl McCain Memorial Foundation and One Goal.
Plains is also a member organization of the Permian Strategic Partnership, which brings together New Mexico and Texas residents, local leaders and member energy companies to strengthen and improve the quality of life for Permian Basin residents. The partnership has helped to identify the area’s greatest needs and develop strategies to foster superior schools, safer roads, quality healthcare, affordable housing and a trained workforce.
Plains has also provided funding for Classroom Champions'
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum and professional athlete mentorship programs since 2017, to inspire positive classroom culture at schools in North West Alberta, Canada.
In addition to our corporate donations, we make local charitable contributions and participate in volunteer opportunities in the communities where we operate across the U.S. and Canada.
For example, in August 2019, Plains employees and contractors helped families in Franklin, Texas rebuild their homes after the town was hit by a severe tornado.
We also take great pride in supporting organizations like Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC) through direct donations, employee-matched donations and volunteerism. In 2019, Plains made a corporate donation of $10,000 and took part in two volunteer events.
In June, employee volunteers visited to the Tay River, just outside of Caroline, Alberta, to restore riverbanks and help increase the bull trout population. The volunteers planted over 800 live willow stakes into the water’s edge, dug through the ground to relocate shrubs and trees, and built an exclusion fence to protect the restored area. In October, volunteers assembled at the Lethbridge Northern Headworks Canal in Alberta to assist in rescuing hundreds of fish that needed to be diverted from the irrigation canal back into the Old Man River, in order to survive the winter.