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ValeroValero's Partnership With United Way

The U.S. employees of Valero participate in the United Way campaign every year, pledging millions of dollars to help nonprofit community organizations. Valero consistently boasts a 90 percent participation rate with the highest per-capita contributions in the nation. Because of its significant contributions to United Way and its commitment to all of its communities, Valero has twice received the Spirit of America Award, United Way’s highest national honor. 

Corporate generosity is one of the guiding tenets of Valero’s business philosophy.  The company contributes to many worthy causes across the nation.

Troy Shaner, Plant Manager of the Fort Dodge Valero Renewables plant, served as the 2014 United Way Community Campaign chair. With his help, the 2014 Community Campaign raised a record $433,000, surpassing the goal of $425,000. This enables the United Way of Greater Fort Dodge to increase its support for the disadvantaged in our community.

In Fort Dodge, Valero’s generosity is evident not only in the United Way campaign, but in a number of other local organizations.  Locally, Valero has contributed to the following organizations:

  • Distributed $35,000 to area children’s charities from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children Golf Classic, including to Rabiner Treatment Center, Youth Shelter Care of North Central Iowa Inc. and Backpack Buddies (Fort Dodge Noon Sertoma Club)
  • Held several volunteer events in 2011, logging 856 total employee and family hours Fort Dodge Backpack Buddies Program
  • Operation Christmas
  • Meals From The Heartland
  • ACS Relay For Life
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • Domestic/Sexual Abuse Outreach Center
  • Almost Home Animal Shelter

About Valero

Valero Renewable Fuels is located in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The bio-refinery sits on 270 acres and started ethanol production in October 2005. The facility uses a dry-grind production method and state-of-the-art technology to maintain industry-leading standards in production, safety, product quality and environmental stewardship.

The Fort Dodge plant annually processes nearly 43 million bushels of corn into 120 million gallons of denatured ethanol and 400,000 tons of distiller’s grains co-products. The bio-refinery has a nameplate capacity of 110 million gallons of ethanol per year and employs approximately 60 full-time personnel.

The entire kernel of corn is converted to ethanol or distillers grains. 

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