Grant will support educational programs, park cleanup activities and COVID recovery
Houston—(CSRWire)—October 28, 2020 – The Baker Hughes Foundation has announced a $50,000 grant to support Emancipation Park Conservancy. The funds will support educational programs, park maintenance, and safety equipment for the park. The grant is part of a broader commitment by Baker Hughes to participate in community programs, volunteerism and engagement with the organization.
Emancipation Park, established in 1872 in Houston’s Third Ward, is the oldest public park in Texas and is home to a variety of events, programs, and services available to the community such as the annual Juneteenth Celebration, financial literacy classes, youth STEAM programs, health and fitness classes, and Movie in the Tre. This partnership with Emancipation Park Conservancy is aligns with Baker Hughes Foundation’s mission to promote education, environment and health and safety in the communities where it operates.
“As a long-standing Houston- based company and one of its largest private employers, we want to give back and support the organizations that are making our community a better place to live and work,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, chairman and CEO of Baker Hughes. “We are donating our resources to Emancipation Park Conservancy because of its historical significance, and as importantly for how it is helping build a more inclusive city and a better world.”
“We are delighted to partner with The Baker Hughes Foundation and we appreciate their generous financial contribution, time, and talent,” said Lucy Bremond, executive director of Emancipation Park Conservancy. “A partnership like this is vital as we continue our mission to support the Houston community with services, resources, and programs during these unprecedented times.”
To learn more about Baker Hughes’ work in supporting its communities, visit our Corporate Responsibility website.
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About Emancipation Park Conservancy
Emancipation Park was founded in 1872 by formerly enslaved African Americans led by Reverend Jack Yates, Richard Allen, Richard Brock, and Reverend Elias Dibble. These men, along with members of the Third and Fourth Ward communities, gathered $800 to purchase the ten acres of land and celebrate their freedom. In 2013, the park underwent a $33.6 million renovation and later reopened in June 2017.Several public private partnerships, and the community worked to revitalize the greenspace to allow for more economic and sustainable opportunities. Emancipation Park Conservancy, a non-profit 501c3 charitable corporation, was established in 2014 to restore, manage, and enhance Emancipation Park. Its purpose is to create an open space of environmental and community excellence while continuing to preserve the park’s integrity and historical roots. Its goal is to transform the park into one of the nation’s premier landmark destinations through capital initiatives, operational improvements, strategic partnerships, programming and special events. For more information about Emancipation Park Conservancy, visit www.epconservancy.org.
About the Baker Hughes Foundation
For 25 years, the Baker Hughes Foundation has been a steward of charitable resources for meaningful community impact. The Foundation seeks to advance environmental quality, education, health, safety, and wellness around the world by supporting organizations with shared values, demonstrated leadership, evidence of impact, financial soundness, and the capacity to implement initiatives and evaluate their success. The Baker Hughes Foundation makes strategic philanthropic contributions, matches Baker Hughes employee contributions, and awards volunteer recognition grants for outstanding employee community service.
About Baker Hughes
Baker Hughes (NYSE: BKR) is an energy technology company that provides solutions to energy and industrial customers worldwide. Built on a century of experience and with operations in over 120 countries, our innovative technologies and services are taking energy forward – making it safer, cleaner and more efficient for people and the planet. Visit us at bakerhughes.com.