For the employees of Range Resources, 2017 was a year focused on giving back.  But it was only with the help of the community and partners in Washington County that the company was able to achieve so much.  Giving back to the communities where employees live and work is a core philosophy for Range, and the company looks for ways to lend support throughout the year via a wide variety of fairs, fundraisers and festivals.  Among the highlights from 2017:

Over the summer, employees of Range celebrated with the community as Washington County unveiled a brand-new walking trail at Cross Creek County Park.  Just over three miles, the walking trail is the culmination of a multi-year partnership between the county and Range Resources that has also included upgrades like new playgrounds, a new boat launch area, new pavilions, parking and restrooms in Cross Creek County Park and in other County parks.   

In August, memories were made and awards won at the Washington County Fair Junior Livestock Auction.  All told, Range Resources and the company’s service company partners were able to provide $65,000 in support of the young people who were showing animals at this past year’s auction, along with an extra $100 for every student who participated.  And over the last ten years, Range and its partners have contributed funds and in kind donations that have amounted to over $1 million in support of youth agricultural programs in Washington County. 

This past fall, as a result of a now ten-years-running annual Golf Outing and Clay Shoot, Range Resources and partner companies made it past the $600,000 mark in donations to the United Way that have benefited area organizations including: the Greater Washington County Food Bank, CASA for Kids, and Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

In November, right before Thanksgiving, Range employees were back on the streets of downtown Washington, PA – collecting funds for 2000 Turkeys in partnership with WJPA and the Observer-Reporter.  Once again, Range contractors came through along with generous neighbors in Washington County who stopped by and donated funds and food.  The grand total raised for Range’s third annual 2000 Turkeys fund food drive surpassed $50,000.  And Range volunteers were also able to serve a special Thanksgiving meal at the Washington City Mission that same day. 

Toys for Tots of Washington and Greene Counties is another non-profit that Range employees and contractors have been donating time and funds to for several years.  This year was the group’s most successful yet – as employees, contractors and Range’s partners at the Observer-Reporter managed to amass a mountain of toys in the lobby of Range’s Southpointe office – ultimately donating more than $50,000 worth of every toy imaginable to help children in Washington and Greene Counties have a merrier Christmas this year. 

And in December, the employees of Range were graced with a very special presentation in the company’s Southpointe office, as “Variety – the Children’s Charity” distributed specially adapted bikes to a group of local children and their families.  Range surprised the organizers from Variety with a check for $5,000 – and as the children rode their new bikes in a joy-filled parade through the lobby and hallways of Range, employees cheered them on, celebrating the children’s newfound independence.

Thank you for being part of our year.  We are glad to call you our neighbors, and proud to work in Washington County.  Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

This article is written and sponsored by Range Resources.