In celebration of Earth Day, Wood River Refinery employees spent an afternoon planting seedlings, weeding, and mulching at the Edwardsville Children’s Museum Micro Forest site.

ROXANA - In 2022, Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery supported over 100 local organizations through monetary donations, company sponsored service projects, and employee volunteer efforts.

Get The Latest News!

Don't miss our top stories and need-to-know news everyday in your inbox.

Through the local charitable giving budget, the Refinery donated over $350,000 to support educational, environmental, health & safety and civic enrichment organizations and projects. Major gift recipients included: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Audubon Center at Riverlands; Lewis & Clark Community College Foundation; Community Hope Center; Friends of Pere Marquette State Park; and Riverbend Family Ministries.

The total donation amount included over $55,000 to communities bordering the Refinery property – Wood River, Hartford, Roxana, and South Roxana. The donations supported community events and programming, summer reading programs, to help fire departments purchase replacement firefighting foam, and to create a new quality of life program for residents.

“Investing in our local communities and neighbors is a priority in our giving strategy,” says Melissa Erker, Director of Government and Community Relations. “These communities allow us to operate in this region, so we feel it is important to strengthen them with funds and programming that can benefit their residents.”

Wood River Refinery employees spent a full day volunteering at Willoughby Heritage Farm. The group built a new fence for the goat barn, planted native flowers in the rain gardens, painted benches, spread new mulch in the garden, and more.

In addition to local funding, Phillips 66 also supported regional organizations through corporate grants in 2022. Ducks Unlimited received a $250,000 grant to support the Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge. HeartLands Conservancy received $100,000 for construction on the new Raindrop’s Journey exhibit of the Swansea Clinton Hills Conservation Garden. Edwardsville Children’s Museum received $40,000 to support the Citizen’s Science Program and new pollinator garden project.

The Refinery’s annual United Way campaign raised $190,377 to support the United Way of Greater St. Louis. The money was raised through employee donations, online auction, and special events.

Article continues after sponsor message

Complimenting the outreach efforts, the Refinery’s employees gave back to multiple organizations through hard work and sweat equity. The company sponsored 13 “Good Energy” volunteer projects supporting 12 regional organizations including Willoughby Heritage Farm, Rebuilding Together Southwest Illinois, and Sleep in Heavenly Peace. A total of 89 employees donated 540 hours through the projects. Phillips 66 donates money back to organizations based on employee volunteer hours, so the Good Energy program granted nearly $13,000 in community support.

Employees are also encouraged to track their individual volunteer hours through the company’s giving program. In 2022, 134 Wood River Refinery employees logged 7,293 hours granting nearly $160,000 through the Phillips 66 volunteer grant program.

“We know employees are volunteering in their personal time throughout the region and Phillips 66 wants to reward these efforts,” says Erker. “Some of the biggest beneficiaries are local volunteer fire departments which often receive up to $4,000 per Refinery employee who serves in a volunteer capacity.”

Members of the Wood River Refinery Women’s Network supported Operation Blessing by sprucing up the food shelves with colors to match the newest food pyramid guidelines.

In addition to supporting employee volunteerism, Phillips 66 also provides a dollar-for-dollar matching gift when employees donate to eligible non-profit organizations. In 2022, the company donated over $92,000 to match Wood River Refinery employee donations.

Between company contributions and employee programs like matching gift and volunteer hours, the company’s total local investment was $1,267,681 in 2022.

About Wood River Refinery

Located in Roxana, Illinois, and jointly owned by Phillips 66 and Cenovus Energy through the WRB Refining partnership, Wood River Refinery is operated by Phillips 66. Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) manufactures, transports and markets products that drive the global economy. The diversified energy company’s portfolio includes Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses. Headquartered in Houston, Phillips 66 has employees around the globe who are committed to safely and reliably providing energy and improving lives while pursuing a lower-carbon future. For more information, visit or follow @Phillips66Co on LinkedIn or Twitter.

More like this:

May 1, 2023 | Wood River Refinery Gives Good Energy In April

May 22, 2021 | 5 Metro East Area Students Awarded $16,000 Phillips 66 Dependent Scholarships

Oct 11, 2016 | OSF Saint Anthony's Foundation announces Phillips 66 as latest Business Health Award winner

Jun 29, 2016 | Local students win Phillips 66 scholarships

Dec 16, 2020 | Phillips 66 Contributes $50,000 To River Bend Area Food Banks as Part of $1 Million Donations Across U.S., U.K. On Behalf Of Employees