HOUSTON- Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN), the fifth largest producer of natural gas in the United States, announced the employee recipients of the 2013 SWN Community Hero Awards on Dec. 17.
Through this annual program, the company recognizes up to 10 outstanding employees for their volunteer achievements with a qualifying non-profit organization. In addition to honoring these employees, Southwestern Energy awards $2,000 grants to each of the non-profit partners where the winning employees have dedicated their time. Since the launch of the Community Hero Awards program four years ago, Southwestern Energy has distributed $80,000.
Southwestern Energy President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Mueller said the program is to honor employees that spend their own time improving the community through non-profit organizations.
“Throughout the year, many of our employees can be found investing their own personal time with non-profit organizations, working to make a positive impact in their communities,” he said. “These individuals truly exemplify our company’s Formula, which begins with the right people doing the right things. The Community Hero Awards is our way of recognizing these valued employees, while providing support to the organizations that make a difference in our communities.”
Non-profit organizations were encouraged to work with Southwestern Energy employees active in their programs this year to complete and submit applications.
The employees selected this year were as follows:Damian Friend- Spring Volunteer Fire Department Association, Spring, TX (emergency response, community).Friend led instruction for training courses including personal protective equipment and computer training, as well as ladder truck and rescue truck inspections. He also responded to numerous calls from fires, to motor vehicle accidents to medical emergencies.
Michael Harrell- Quapaw Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, Conway, AR (youth education, community)Harrell was instrumental in projects that resulted in improvements and renovation of a 350-acre short-term, multi-use camping facility at Gus Blass Scout Reservation, as well as the construction of an Order of the Arrow Council ring and ceremonial site.
Stephen Loop- Dress for Success Luzerne County, Wilkes-Barre, PA (community, human services)Loop helped coordinate the construction effort for a larger facility after the organization expanded the services offered to women to include training and education. He helped create workspaces in a career center in which women could develop resumes, search for jobs and improve their computer skills.
Paul Melton- Union Rescue Mission, Little Rock, AR (community, human services)Melton provided mentor and classroom instruction for men in the Union Rescue Mission’s phase three of their nine-month drug and alcohol recovery program.
Jennifer Perkins – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas, Little Rock (health, human services)Perkins led a group of volunteers from Southwestern Energy in providing dinner each month for the approximately 28 families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Little Rock.
Alice Quiroz- Girl Scout Troop #23256, Houston, TX (youth education, community)Quiroz served as co-troop leader to 18 Girl Scout members, ranging from Brownies to Juniors to Cadettes, and aided in the organization of meetings, hikes, camp outings, field trips and special interest events.
Aaron Schrank- Cornerstone Family Ministries, Houston, TX (youth education, community)Schrank led a class of fifth and sixth grade boys as part of the organization’s Family Night program, as well as serving as a weekly mentor for them.
Tabitha Scott- John H. Dunn Chapter #10- Disabled Veterans of America, Conway, AR (human services, community)Scott led multiple fundraising efforts as well as a volunteer work day to help address various issues with the organization’s 50- year- old building.
Lauren Stout- Friends for Life, Houston, TX (community)Stout served as an adoption counselor to ensure abandoned and neglected animals were placed into loving, best-fit homes.
Roger West- The CALL, Little Rock, AR (youth education, community)West served on the Johnson County CALL advisory board as fundraiser chair, organized an event that raised more than $2,000 for the organization and provided a family night out for more than 50 foster children and their families at no cost. Southwestern Energy Company is an independent company whose wholly owned subsidiaries are engaged in oil and gas exploration and production, natural gas gathering and marketing. Additional information on the company can be found at http://www.swn.com.