CRC in the Community

California Resources Corporation (CRC) has a strong dedication to our local communities where we live and work. Our core values of Character, Responsibility and Commitment direct how we conduct our business, contribute to our communities, support local economies, protect the environment, and interact daily with our stakeholders.

CRC is dedicated to helping our diverse communities across our state have a vibrant and sustainable future. CRC supports thousands of jobs and careers by investing approximately $18.7 billion with over 2,000 suppliers and vendors since 2014 into the state’s economy. CRC has also provided nearly $3.4 billion in revenues and taxes since 2014 to the state and our host cities and counties where we live and work. Additionally, in 2022, CRC pledged $2.5 million to fund several Kern County initiatives with Kern Community College District and California State University, Bakersfield.

Reaching beyond CRC’s carbon management initiatives, low carbon intensity energy production and the economic and environmental benefits, CRC’s operations and employees serve as active and supportive community partners through impactful charitable donations and volunteerism. Our charitable contributions all support one of the following three focus areas:

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    Public Health, Safety and the Environment

    Health, safety and environmental protection are core to CRC’s operating philosophy. CRC supports programs that promote community health, safety, well-being, and environmental stewardship, focusing on health and wellness in underprivileged communities and support for public safety organizations.

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    STEM/Job Training

    The energy sector provides opportunities for burgeoning scientists and technicians to have a fruitful career and a ladder to the middle class. CRC supports programs that enable students to learn and be inspired about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and the energy industry, ranging from hands-on learning and after-school opportunities for elementary school students to job training partnerships, internships and scholarships for young adults.

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    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

    CRC supports programs and policies that encourage representation and participation of diverse groups of people, including different genders, races and ethnicities, abilities and disabilities, religions, ages, and sexual orientations, as well as people with diverse cultures, backgrounds, experiences, skills and expertise.

In an effort to serve as a valued neighbor, CRC is proud to partner with many non-profit organizations throughout California to help make long-term, positive impacts on families and businesses across the state. The following are what a few of CRC’s partners have to say:

Employees from Adventist Health Bakersfield

Adventist Health

We look forward to our partnership with CRC, investing in the well-being, health, and quality of life for employees and the community around us. CRC continues to be a leader in Kern County, providing energy for organizations like Adventist Health, inspiring health, wholeness, and hope.”

Daniel Wolcott, President and CEO
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Boys and Girls Clubs
of Kern County

California Resources Corporation has a rich history of investing in our children and in the community by collaborating with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County. Through their employee base and philanthropic programs, our children have benefitted from CRC leadership on our Board of Directors, CRC volunteers at our community events, and mentors delivering hands-on, high yielding, and fun programs for kids. The CRC “Geology Rocks” Club for school-age children, hosted at two locations was developed and facilitated by CRC geologists with a geology curriculum and activities that inspire and create extended education pathways in this field as well as potential hobbies. CRC continues to be a friend to the Boys & Girls Club through leadership, community support, and a personal interest in the health, welfare, and happiness of Boys & Girls Club children.”

Zane Smith, Executive Director
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Latina Leaders of
Kern County

California Resources Corporation continues to ensure that Central Valley Latinas have access to critical programs and opportunities for leadership development. Your support ensured that the women and girls participating in the Latina Leaders of Kern County Youth Leadership program were able to spend a day at the Capitol participating in HOPE’s Latina Action Day and that they were prepared to meet their local representatives.

Thank you for your continued support of Latina Leaders of Kern County and leadership development in the Central Valley. Together we will continue to ‘strengthen our communities, one leader at a time.”

Norma Rojas-Mora, Past President, Board Member
Kern County Science Foundation

Kern County Science

California Resources Corporation has been an important partner of the Kern County Science Foundation as we support K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to the kids of Kern County. Research shows that students are more likely to persist in STEM after participating in a hands-on extracurricular STEM activity. This is why KCSF sponsors numerous STEM related activities throughout the year, including the Kern County Regional Science Fair, Mathematics AP Contest, Physics Olympics, and other STEM activities. CRC supports our continued efforts year after year, and we are grateful for their partnership!”

Dr. Andrea L. Medina, President
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Golden Empire

The Golden Empire Gleaners is incredibly grateful for our partnership with CRC. Your support has enabled us to continue to provide food for families/individuals in Kern County that experience food insecurity and to our Senior Sack program serving eighteen locations twice a month. The Gleaners does not receive any Government funding and solely relies on partners that share our vision.

Thank you, CRC, for your continued support to help us fulfill our mission to alleviate hunger in Kern County."

Debbie Powers, Executive Director
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Bolsa Chica

California Resources Corporation has been a major supporter of the Bolsa Chica Conservancy in its mission to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. Our philosophy of engaging youth and the community in hands-on education and restoration work at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve has been enhanced through the long-term partnership between CRC and the Conservancy. The support we've received from CRC has been and remains vital to maintaining the healthy habitat at Bolsa Chica while developing the next generation of scientists and community leaders. We thank CRC for their continued support of the Conservancy’s Education and Restoration programs as we continue our work to advance our mission year after year."

Patrick W. Brenden, CEO
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of Kern County

CASA relies on the generosity of our volunteers, donors, and corporate partners to fulfill our life-changing work. Thanks to the support of California Resources Corporation, CASA of Kern County can serve and support abused, neglected, and abandoned children in foster care through the use of highly trained and committed volunteers. CASA is proud to partner with CRC and believes in the same values of character, responsibility, and commitment to our community and beyond."

Amy Travis, Executive Director
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California Living
Museum Foundation

CRC has a long history of partnering with the California Living Museum (CALM). CRC volunteers joined the Tree Foundation and local students to help beautify CALM’s entry road with trees and shrubs. CRC’s support of HolidayLights has been longstanding, and we have worked with CRC to rescue and rehabilitate local wildlife. CALM is grateful for our partnership with CRC and we look forward to doing even more as we continue to enhance Kern County’s favorite family attraction!"

Meg Maitland, CALM Director
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California State
University of Bakersfield

We deeply value our partnership with CRC and highly appreciate their support. The CRC Energy Transition Lecture Series will be instrumental to foster conversations and drive collaborations on innovative energy solutions for a sustainable future among researchers, educators, industry and community partners. The CRC Carbon TerraVault Scholarship will be vital to help students who would like to pursue their careers in STEM areas, many of whom are first-generation students."

Dr. Jianyu (Jane) Dong, CSUB Dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering
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Thank you to California Resources Corporation for its longtime support of Garden Pathways’ programs that mentor and educate children, youth, and adults to build productive lives. CRC’s philanthropic generosity has enabled hundreds of at-risk individuals and families to move towards educational advancement, employment, family stability, self-sufficiency, healthy living, and improved quality of life. Garden Pathways appreciates CRC’s transformational investment in ‘building community from the inside out.’ We look forward to an ongoing partnership to create a community that is clean, safe, economically thriving, and welcoming for all Kern County residents.”

Karen Goh, Executive Director
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Kern County Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce

Being a valuable resource for new and existing small businesses, entrepreneurs and student programs has always been a priority for the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (KCHCC). We work closely with our community partner, California Resources Corporation to provide our annual KCHCC Energy Academy to ensure student participants have access to best curriculum, speakers, and presenters to ensure their success along their academy journey. Thank you, CRC, for your continued support in providing extensive resources to our business community and our future leaders from our Energy Academy. You truly play a critical role in transforming young minds into future leaders.”

Jay Tamsi, President & CEO
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Listen To

Listen To Shafter would like to thank California Resources Corporation for their continued support of the Shafter Christmas Store program. Since the Christmas Store's inception in 2017, CRC has partnered with us to provide the magic of Christmas to the whole family. CRC has annually donated funds to purchase the brand-new toys that stock our store, but even more impactful has been their commitment to volunteerism. CRC employee volunteers always bring a spirit of joy and excitement to the event. Their commitment to being physically present in our community is highly valued. We hope to continue this partnership for many years to come!”

Brittney Neal, Board Member
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Shoe Drive

California Resources truly stands behind the communities they live and work in. Their continual sponsorship and support have provided over 300 pairs of new tennis shoes to children in need in Kern County. It is an item that is often taken for granted, yet thousands of children in the United States are forced to wear shoes that do not properly fit, are falling apart, or go barefoot altogether. Dozens of medical studies over the years have linked a lack of proper footwear to a decrease in school attendance, health, and even self-esteem among peers. Thank you, California Resources, for helping us meet our goal as we strive to never let a single child go without."

Alex Vigil, Co-Founder & President
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Children First

We at Children First couldn’t be more grateful for the generous support from California Resources Corporation and their commitment to the community. Because of our partnership, we’ve been able to pursue our work supporting children and families in East Bakersfield. This includes monthly food distributions, providing mentoring to students at Williams Elementary School, Neighborhood Cleanups, park activities and programming that supports the academic achievement and success of children. We are appreciative of this partnership and look forward to continue making an impact in East Bakersfield and beyond!"

Natasha Felkins, Chairwoman
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Bakersfield College
Valley Strong Energy

As we seek to inform the community about the future of energy in Kern County, California Resources Corporation has been an open and transparent educational partner in our Ag/Water/Energy Education series, especially around carbon management. They’ve also been engaged with supporting the development of a carbon management training curriculum, which will put thousands of people to work toward improving air quality across the San Joaquin Valley. CRC continues to be an ally to the Valley Strong Energy Institute, helping us keep Valley residents informed about the ever-shifting landscape of natural resources infrastructure and how it impacts their daily lives."

Liz Rozell, Director