The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has weighed more heavily on some industries than others, but the one thing we feel evenly is the impact to our communities.
As a California Essential Infrastructure with essential workers, the Torrance Refinery continues to provide transportation fuels and supply other necessary products to support Californians during this time of COVID-19.
While gasoline production continues to enable people to commute to work when not working from home, the surge of online shopping and amplified demand for home grocery deliveries, means now more than ever, the low sulfur diesel we produce at the Refinery is greatly enabling truckers to fulfill Californian’s needs.
In addition to running our base business, the Torrance Refinery continues to support our host communities. The Refinery aided city first responders by donating 30 gallons of hand sanitizer to the Torrance Fire Department for personnel in each of their six Fire Stations.
In its continued support of Los Angeles County, the Refinery redirected a contribution that traditionally funded the now postponed United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ (UWGLA) HomeWalk to fund the UWGLA Pandemic Relief Fund. As a HomeWalk supporter since the event’s inception in 2009, the Refinery immediately knew the United Way would best use the funds where most needed in our County. The Pandemic Relief Fund is providing vital personal protective equipment (PPE) to more than 100 organizations that perform essential service jobs, as well as to nonprofits and volunteer-based community groups. Our funds helped provide critical items such as hand sanitizer, cloth face coverings, non-contact thermometers and food supplies during this time of need.
UWGLA President & CEO Elise Buik who is at the forefront of the COVID-19 fight to help our most susceptible neighbors said, “The Torrance Refining Company and their employees place a high value on helping the community and have been a long-time partner of the United Way. The fact that they are stepping up during this crisis to help our most vulnerable neighbors who are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic speaks volumes about their commitment to the community. We are deeply grateful.”
We thank the City of Torrance and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and are pleased to support their efforts to provide our neighbors with much-needed support during the COVID-19 pandemic.