$25,000 to support
Friendship House programs
For release: Nov. 20, 2009
EnCana Oil and Gas is donating $25,000 to Community Renewal International to support Friendship House programs in low-income Shreveport-Bossier City neighborhoods.
"EnCana is thrilled to be partnering with Community Renewal International for the Friendship House Project and Croquet Classic," said Shawn Helm, community relations coordinator for EnCana Oil & Gas (USA). "At EnCana, we strive to be good neighbors in the communities where we operate and we share Community Renewal's desire to improve the region where we live and work. We're just glad we are able to be a part of such an incredible organization."
CRI operates nine Friendship Houses in five disadvantaged Shreveport-Bossier City neighborhoods. A Friendship House is like a community center in a home, reaching out to at-risk youth and families with after-school programs, community service projects and activities that build positive relationships among family members and neighbors. The proven impact of a Friendship House ranges from significant reductions in crime to major improvements in education.
"EnCana has lived out their mission statement once again. As their mission states, ‘EnCana strives to be a trusted contributor in communities where they work and live.' By their investment in the vital neighborhood programs of Shreveport and Bossier City through Community Renewal's Friendship House programs, they have put their money where their mouth is," said Jimmy Graves, CRI director of development.
"It is encouraging to partner with a corporation that has a heart and a sense of social responsibility. Many lives of children and youth in our most vulnerable neighborhoods will be inspired and impacted by EnCana's investment. We are grateful for their incredible generosity."
EnCana Corporation, one of North America's leading independent natural gas companies, operates in the United States (U.S.) under its subsidiary, EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. and coordinates its operations from its U.S. headquarters in Denver, Colo. EnCana has operations in Colorado, Louisiana, Texas and Wyoming.
Community Renewal International is a nonprofit effort to restore safe and healthy communities through caring relationships. Founded in 1994, Community Renewal reaches at-risk youth through Friendship Houses built in impoverished neighborhoods, strengthens education through the Adult Renewal Academy, partners with The Fuller Center for Housing and connects caring partners who turn their neighborhoods into safe havens of friendship and support.
Contact: David Westerfield, director of communications