Community service

Community Service Spotlight: Aloha Petroleum, CITGO, Enmarket and Sheetz

NATIONAL REPORT — Giving back through community service efforts and charitable donations is a positive force that keeps many retailers and suppliers in this industry moving forward. Regularly, Convenience store news highlights these philanthropic efforts in this special section.

Here are the latest projectors from the company:

Aloha Oil

Aloha Petroleum is participating in Shell’s Giving Pump campaign in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii. From August 1 through October 31, designated gas pumps at select stations across the state will donate 1 cent per gallon of fuel sold to the nonprofit.

Aloha Petroleum has been a longtime supporter of the organization, volunteering to prepare breakfast and lunches for patients and their families and donating household supplies on several occasions.

“Aloha is committed to its employees and customers and believes in giving back to the communities we serve,” said Casie Bui, Senior Director of Sales Operations and Marketing for Aloha Petroleum.


The Simón Bolívar Foundation, Inc., a private nonprofit foundation of CITGO Petroleum Corp., released its 2021 annual report, which highlights charitable grants for vulnerable people in and from Venezuela, as part of the foundation’s ongoing commitment to transparency and good corporate governance. This is the second time it has published a public report.

The Simón Bolívar Foundation has awarded grants to several health humanitarian organizations, including

  • $663,325 to support four charitable projects that will help improve health conditions for Venezuelan and other migrants in Colombia. Other projects include the development of medical infrastructure for Venezuelan and other migrants; nutrition programs in public schools; and improved maternal health care.
  • A $1 million grant agreement with Global Giving to manage grantmaking and provide funds to trusted, high-impact community support charities in Venezuela; conduct a funding needs assessment; and providing capacity building to small organizations in Venezuela.

“We are proud to share the progress we have made over the past year towards realizing the vision and mission we set out in 2020,” said Mariela Poleo, President of the Simón Bolívar Foundation. “Our new focus on awarding grants to not-for-profit organizations and recognized research partners has allowed us to expand access to health care and nutrition to more people affected by the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Continued improvements to our grantmaking process, governance and strategy will enable us to continue to expand our impact in 2022.”

In 2021, commitments amounted to $3.4 million, of which 56.8% was for high-impact charitable grants, 39.4% for individual medical grants for patients and 3.8% for administration . These amounts exclude in-kind donations from CITGO Petroleum Corp.