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LyondellBasell gives grants to local organizations

Ten local organizations received a total of more than $20,000 in grant money from LyondellBasell on Wednesday.

“About 80 percent of our employees live within a 10-mile radius of the site, so we look to find ways to contribute to their quality of life,” said Brian Angwin, Morris Complex site manager to the group of representatives receiving their grant checks at the facility.

The organizations receiving grants were the Canal Corridor Association, Coal City Food Pantry, Conservation Foundation of DuPage County, Joliet Junior College Foundation, Junior Achievement of Will County, Community Nutrition Network, Minooka Community High School, Minooka Fire Protection District, Morris Community High School and We Care of Grundy County.

The grants were offered for organizations and agencies that focus on hunger relief, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, and water conservation, said Brent Connett, public relations manager.

“LyondellBasell has been a growing partner with us to fight hunger in our area,” said Denise Gaska, executive director of We Care.

In addition to the grant, the company also sponsors numerous Fill the Pantry events for We Care annually, she said. We Care will use the grant toward transportation costs in getting its food from the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Morris Community High School will be using the funds for new equipment.

“We have been looking to upgrade the equipment in our science area, so this is a great fit for us,” Superintendent Pat Halloran said.

The science labs will be getting new equipment for experiments, including new probes, he said.

The Minooka Fire Department will use the dollars for public education programs, such as CPR classes and prevention education, said Chief Al Yancey.

In July, LyondellBasell gave the Morris Fire Department $2,000 to help build its new Swift Water Rescue Team.

“We are proud to be able to support them,” Angwin said.

The Morris Complex is the largest petrochemical plant in the Midwest. LyondellBasell is an international company with 58 sites in 18 countries. For information on the company visit

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