After Hurricane Harvey dumped historical amounts of rain onto Houston in August, bringing normal daily routines to a halt in the world’s energy capital, the oil and gas community responded by donating millions of dollars to help with recovery efforts.

Houston-based Noble Energy Inc. committed to contribute $1 million for Harvey relief efforts, with funds divvied equally to the Harvey Relief Fund established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner with the Greater Houston Community Foundation as fund administrator and the American Red Cross.

Chevron Corp. doled out $1 million to the American Red Cross for relief efforts and another $1 million to the company’s Fuel Your School program, which helps Harris County teachers rebuild their classrooms. New York-headquartered Hess Corp. contributed $1 million to the cause. BP Plc and the BP Foundation donated $750,000 to support relief efforts, sending funds to the American Red Cross, the Community Foundation of Greater Houston and the United Way of Greater Houston.

ExxonMobil Corp. committed up to $10.3 million, including employee and retiree donation matches and in-kind donations to the Red Cross, according to the Texas Oil & Gas Association. ConocoPhillips Co. donated $5 million total to the United Way and the American Red Cross.

These were just a few of the companies who opened their wallets, while matching donations from employees, to help those in need. The generous acts are another example of the compassion many in the oil and gas industry have when it comes to helping communities.

Nearly 50 inches of rain fell in parts of Houston and surrounding cities when the storm moved across the area, flooding businesses and homes, including those of oil and gas. Damages from Hurricane Harvey, which first made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane northeast of Corpus Christi before making a second landfall at on the coast of Copano Bay and a third near Cameron, La., ran into the billions. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott estimated damages from the hurricane at between $150 billion and $180 billion.

However, more than three months after the storm, some families are still displaced and struggling with finances as the rebuilding process continues. Oil and gas workers themselves were among those impacted.

Some people are still in need, and some companies are still giving.

This week Chevron announced it was giving more than $2 million in additional contributions to help the Greater Houston area during its long-term recovery process from Hurricane Harvey. The move brought its total contributions for storm relief efforts to more than $4 million.

“Even though Harvey hit more than three months ago, the storm’s devastation was profound. It affected countless children’s ability to learn, with thousands of families without reliable access to food and many more displaced from their homes,” Jeff Shellebarger, president of Chevron North America Exploration and Production Co., said in a news release. “Our partnerships with these exceptional organizations are aimed at getting the Houston area solidly back on its feet by providing long-term support to children, their families and the community.”

The funding will go to Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program, which Chevron said provides mental health support to 50,000 children impacted by the storm. The Houston Food Bank will also receive funds for two new temperature-controlled mobile food pantries, which will help with distribution of perishable food and provide 400,000 meals per month.

Chevron also said that it will give funds to Houston Habitat for Humanity, which will use the funds for heavy equipment to restore more than 1,800 low-income homes that were damaged by Harvey.

These funds will be a blessing to those on the receiving end.

“We are extremely grateful to Chevron for their generosity and in joining Save the Children to do whatever it takes to support children and families in their recovery,” Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, said in the release.

According to the Texas Oil & Gas Association, oil and gas companies in the state have committed more than $32.2 million to relief and recovery efforts following Harvey. But that tally has since risen, considering the figures were as of Sept. 6.

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