Community Development Program

    Cheniere in the Community

    Our partnership with our host communities began with our facility siting efforts. The approach was largely educational including the properties of LNG, design considerations and regulations; and Cheniere’s business model and expertise. Cheniere values the relationship that has developed within the communities where we are developing our sites.

    Cheniere believes education is the foundation of a strong community, so we look for ways to enhance educational opportunities for individuals. In addition to numerous scholarships and youth outreach activities, Cheniere sponsors other events that make quality educational programs more readily available to the community. Cheniere also understands the importance of medical care and health education to communities, so we partner with local leaders and national organizations to identify high-impact areas for support.

    Cheniere is proud of the role we play in the communities where we operate and live. In 2017, we invested $3.5 million dollars toward programs supporting STEM initiatives, disaster relief and recovery efforts, military service care, environmental stewardship, and community health and wellness. From rebuilding a children's park in Gregory, Texas, to supporting economic development efforts in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, Cheniere has established a long tradition of responsible corporate citizenship and will continue to build on our relationships with our neighbors in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, and Corpus Christi, Texas.

    Coastal Bend Recovery Group

    On November 15, 2018, Cheniere presented a $250,000 donation to the Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group (CBDRG). CBDRG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that partners with the government and other agencies in eleven counties throughout the Coastal Bend of Texas after disasters. Their mission is to strengthen long term recovery by addressing unmet, disaster-related needs of individuals in the community. The organization is committed to assisting disaster survivors with home repair and reconstruction, living necessities, emotional care, and other resources. The group prioritizes resources to the most vulnerable such as the elderly, persons with access and functional needs, single parent families and those with low-socio economic living wages. Cheniere’s contribution will support repairing and reconstructing a series of homes in South Texas for individuals who have yet to fully recover from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

    Del Mar College

    On November 15, 2018, Cheniere presented a $250,000 donation to Del Mar College. Del Mar College is a vital industrial training partner committed to providing the skilled workforce necessary to empower continued economic growth in the Corpus Christi region. Their mission is to provide access to quality education, workforce preparation and lifelong learning for student and community success. Cheniere’s donation will be directed toward building a refrigeration training unit for use by the recently announced Cheniere Apprenticeship Program, with the aim of developing future Operators and Technicians for the Corpus Christi area.

    Energy Day 2016

    On October 15, 2016, Cheniere employees participated in the annual Energy Day Festival in downtown Houston. Since its inception in 2011, Energy Day has helped spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and the development of new energy technology. It is the nation’s largest energy festival and largest free event of its kind in Houston. Over 22,000 people visited more than 50 interactive exhibits and scientific demonstrations showcasing the ongoing advancements and innovations in the energy sector.

    For the third year in a row, Cheniere’s booth was one of the most visited locations of the day. It featured live LNG demonstrations by Cheniere engineers to demonstrate how natural gas transforms into a liquid and its effects on common objects such as a rose, ping pong ball, water bottles and balloons. It also provided an opportunity for employees to discuss LNG safety and how it is will be used around the world. 

    Energy Day Booth 2016

    Sharing facts about LNG with the local community at Energy Day

    Teaming Up Against Cancer

    On October 15, 2016, Cheniere employees, friends and family participated in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Corpus Christi. The 45 member team walked in honor of breast cancer survivors Iliana Padilla and Amanda Kessler, both spouses of Cheniere employees.

    The Cheniere team raised over $8,000, the fourth highest total of the 409 registered teams! This money directly supports groundbreaking breast cancer research, life-saving education, and critical patient services.

    Teaming Up Against Cancer

    The Cheniere Team at the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

    Inaugural Sabine Pass Lighthouse Run

    On October 15, 2016, over 35 employees and family members came out to participate in the Inaugural Sabine Pass Lighthouse Run including 10K, 5K and 1 mile races. Cheniere was a major sponsor of the run held at Holly Beach, Louisiana that featured over 200 runners. Several members of the Cheniere family brought home medals.

    The event raised over $30,000 and brought attention to the historic Sabine Pass Lighthouse restoration in Johnson Bayou, near Cheniere’s Sabine Pass terminal. The proceeds are being used to stabilize and restore the notable structure, which was operational from 1857 until 1952.  

    “We had a great turnout and a much larger community response than we had hoped for. Without Cheniere and the greater community, this type of event simply could not occur,” said Andy Tingler, Cameron Preservation Alliance president.

    Lighthouse Run

    Cheniere employees and family members at the Inaugural Sabine Pass Lighthouse Run

    Cheniere’s 5th Annual Charitable Fishing Classic

    On June 25, 2016, Cheniere’s Community Investment Council hosted the 5th Annual Charitable Fishing Classic in southwest Louisiana. Each year, the funds raised from this fishing tournament benefit the Louisiana Heroes Project and Wounded Warrior Association of East Texas and West Louisiana.

    Over 100 participants, including many Cheniere employees and 25 wounded heroes, took part in the event and more than $30,000 was raised to support our veterans and current military members. 

    Fishing Tournament

    Wounded heroes and Cheniere staff at the 5th Annual Charitable Fishing Classic

    Beach to Bay Relay

    On May 21 (Armed Forces Day), 2016, Cheniere employees from Texas and Louisiana took part in the 41st Annual Beach to Bay Relay in Corpus Christi, Texas. Cheniere served as a presenting sponsor of the relay, which donates proceeds from the event to over 45 local charities such as Special Olympics, the Naval Relief Society and many youth organizations throughout the Coastal Bend.

    Beach to Bay Relay

    Employee participation in Beach to Bay Relay 

    Firefighter Challenge

    On April 29 and 30, 2016, Cheniere was once again the title sponsor of the Scott Safety Firefighter Combat Challenge in Lake Charles, Louisiana during the Contraband Days Festival. In addition to sponsoring the event, Cheniere employees participated in the demanding physical challenge as a team and took home first place in the competition. Cheniere understands and values the importance of firefighters and all first responders in the communities where we operate and was pleased to continue this partnership with the Firefighter Challenge.   


    Cheniere team at the Scott Safety Firefighter Combat Challenge

    Coastal Bend Youth LEAD Council 

    On April 28, 2016, Cheniere’s Youth Leadership, Enrichment and Development (LEAD) Council in the Coastal Bend area of South Texas gave back to the community through a project developed to benefit a local assisted living center.

    Coastal Bend Youth Lead
    Coastal Bend Youth LEAD Council at the TRISUN Assisted Living Pavilion


    Dragon Boat Race Benefitting the Children’s Miracle Network

    On April 23, 2016, Cheniere participated in the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation’s 4th annual dragon boat racing fundraiser held in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The fundraising event benefits the Children’s Miracle Network and has grown into the Network’s largest event of the year. Cheniere’s Sabine Pass Community Investment Council donated $5,000 to the cause this year and entered two teams in the races.

    Dragon Boat Race

    Employees and friends participating in the fourth annual dragon boat race benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network


    Sally Ride Science Festival

    On April 9, 2016, Cheniere sponsored and participated in the Sally Ride Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) Festival on the campus of Rice University in Houston, Texas. Cheniere displayed an exhibit booth that featured female employees with careers in environmental, health and safety, who shared stories about their interest in STEM fields from a young age and answered questions related to how they achieved their career goals. 

    Sally Ride Science Festival

    Cheniere staff discussing future careers in STEM related fields 

    Cheniere Annual Charitable Golf Classic

    On April 8, 2016, Cheniere held its 5th Annual Charitable Golf Classic at the National Golf Course in Westlake, Louisiana. Over 200 golfers registered for the event that raised a total of $24,000 to benefit two divisions of the Family and Youth Counseling Agency of Lake Charles – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and The Leadership Center for Youth.

    Annual Golf Tournament
    Check presentation to the two divisions of the Family and Youth Counseling Agency of Lake Charles

    Donation to the Port Arthur International Seafarer's Center

    On June 20, 2016, Cheniere presented a check worth over $44,000 to the Port Arthur International Seafarer's Center. This donation will help the center buy a new van to transport visiting mariners. 

    Check presentation
    Check presentation to the Port Arthur International Seafarer's Center

    Craft Development Program

    Cheniere’s Craft Development Program is a workforce development program tailored to produce the highly skilled welders needed to support ongoing construction in the Gulf Coast and Coastal Bend regions. The program is designed for graduating high school students with welding experience and transitioning military veterans. The program is executed through strategic partnerships with three community colleges, over 20 high schools, and one U.S. Army base. By investing in the education of our students and veterans on the Gulf Coast, Cheniere ensures that the workforce of tomorrow can take advantage of the job opportunities of the future. For more information on the Craft Development Program click here

    Transitioning Soldiers
    Transitioning U.S. Army Soldiers at Craft Development training facility (summer 2015)
    LIT Acceptance
    Acceptance reception at Lamar Institute of Technology in Beaumont, TX (candidates' class of 2016/2017)

    Del Mar Acceptance May 17
    Acceptance reception at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, TX (candidates' class of 2016/2017)

    Last updated 12/20/2018


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