The Olympus Gratitude Project was launched in April 2020 to honor essential workers for their diligence in caring for the community amid the emergence of COVID-19 in Southwest Pennsylvania. A catalyst for goodwill and partnership with local businesses, the project aimed to brighten dark days and communicate sincere appreciation to people working to keep the community safe.
The idea for the project emerged as Olympus overcame the technical and relational challenges of remote working and proudly accepted the challenge of being a life-sustaining business.
“As we took steps to protect our workforce and their families, we couldn’t help but think of others working through a time of such uncertainty,” recalls Olympus Communications Director Kimberly Price. “We wanted to let others know they are appreciated. Their roles in public safety, skilled nursing, custodial services, grocery, and food preparation are vital to our community’s health and safety. Partnering with local businesses to deliver this act of kindness allowed the project to have a two-pronged effect.”
The Company partnered with locally owned restaurants and bakeries to contribute nearly $8,000 in individually wrapped meals and baked goods that were delivered with messages of gratitude to 14 organizations.
“From EMS teams and nursing staffs who aided the sick to school cafeteria workers who prepared meals for underprivileged children despite a remote learning environment, these individuals were performing a vital service at a time of extreme uncertainty,” said Price. “We also helped provide hand sanitizer to a community police force by partnering with a local distiller who adapting its operations to meet increased demand for cleaning supplies.”
Among the recipients were William Penn Skilled Nursing Facility and Mt. Vernon Nursing Home; the police departments of Penn Township, Elizabeth Township, Plum Borough, the Municipality of Murrysville, West Deer Township, and Rostraver Township; Plum and Penn EMS departments, ShopNSave locations in Plum and Penn Hills; Giant Eagle in Allegheny Township; the housekeeping, custodial, and sterile processing staff of Forbes Hospital; the daytime staff of Canonsburg Hospital; and the school cafeteria staff of Burrell School District.
Olympus also partnered with the Marcellus Shale Coalition Foundation to provide more than 2,000 meals to healthcare workers across Pennsylvania.
About Olympus Energy
Olympus Energy LLC (“Olympus”) is a privately-held energy company headquartered in Canonsburg that specializes in upstream and midstream development of natural gas resources in the Appalachian Basin. Olympus has a scalable asset base in southwestern Pennsylvania, having assembled over 100,000 largely contiguous and operated acres within the core Marcellus, Utica,and Upper Devonian fairways . Visit www.olympusenergy.com for additional information.