RICHMOND, Va., May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Seibert's Family of Companies announced today that it successfully applied to the BP "Fueling Communities" program and received a $6,000 grant that will be donated to the City of Richmond Mayor's Youth Academy. The "Fueling Communities" initiative provides grant donations to local BP business owners to help them support a local organization of their choosing. The Mayor's Youth Academy provides development opportunities to youths ages 14-19 years throughout the city of Richmond, including job readiness training, leadership development, exposure to entrepreneurship, mentoring and post-secondary career exploration. Last year, more than 450 students engaged in the Mayor's Youth Academy.
Mayor Jones and the Future Leaders Council Members will receive the donation today at 11am at the Richmond Main Library. This is the second donation of its kind that Seibert's has awarded to the Mayor's Youth Academy. The donation will be used to purchase Google Chromebooks to be used in a laptop loaner program for youth involved in the Academy.
"The Mayor's Youth Academy is thrilled to receive this generous donation through the Fueling Communities initiative," said Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones. "Providing our youth with the appropriate technology is vital to developing our future workforce."
"Thanks to BP's 'Fueling Communities' program, we are honored to once again donate to the Mayor's Youth Academy," says Randy Seibert, President/CEO of Seibert's Family of Companies. "We're always striving to make a difference in our local community. While not all companies can offer internships to school-aged kids, we can strive to find creative ways to support the students. Developing Richmond's future workforce continues to be a priority for Seibert's."
Seibert's Family of Companies – which includes Seibert's Towing, Seibert's Wholesale Fuels, Seibert's Body Shop, Seibert's Auto Auction and 'Berts Buck Stop – is always looking for new and innovative ways to positively impact the Richmond community. Previously, the company has also contributed to a wide variety of community-based programs such as First Things First of Greater Richmond, Toys for Tots and Food Bank collections.
Through BP's "Fueling Communities" program, BP directly grants funding every year to over 11,000 of its local BP Station owners, including Seibert's, to support a local organization's efforts in health, education, youth and housing.
To learn more about the Seibert's company or the BP "Fueling Communities" Program grant given to the Mayor's Youth Academy, please contact Dave Saunders, Chief Idea Officer of Madison+Main at 804-521-4141 or [email protected].
Seibert's Family of Companies is the parent company of several Richmond-based businesses in the automotive industry: Seibert's Towing, 'BERTS Buck Stop Convenience Stores and Better Day Cafes, Seibert's Auto Auction, Seibert's Body Shop and Seibert's Wholesale Fuels. The company was founded in 1976 by John Seibert when he opened his first service station in the Manchester district of Richmond, Virginia.