We focus our community investments on advancing local workforce development, supporting DEI, protecting and restoring local ecosystems and responding to other community challenges. Many of our community investment projects are developed based on local concerns identified through our social impact assessment process and analyses of social risks. Our 2022 highlights include:

  • $5.6 million in direct giving and matching gifts.
  • >15,000 volunteer hours.

Advancing local workforce development

  • Since 2018, 75 students from SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles, LA, and Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, TX, have participated in yearlong training and on-site learning apprenticeship experiences at Cheniere facilities, resulting in 36 direct hires.
  • Around 38 high school students from underserved communities in Houston have participated each year in internship and work-study programs through partnerships with Genesys Works, an organization focused on creating educational and career opportunities for youth from low-income families. Interns, who are paired with mentors during the 12-week program, participate in a 2-year vocational program as a pathway to full-time employment at Cheniere.
  • Donation to launch a process technology and instrumentation apprenticeship at Lamar State College in Port Arthur, TX. The program is open to qualified students who graduated in May 2023. Apprentices who complete the two-semester program, which will include training, on-site learning experience and mentorship, receive grants to offset tuition costs.
  • Partnered with the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to create the Doing Business with Giants” professional development program to help local entrepreneurs and small businesses develop business models that align with and fulfill industry supply chain needs. Participants who complete the six-workshop series are eligible for Cheniere grants of up to $20,000.
  • Partnered with Louisiana Economic Development’s Mentor-Protégé Program, which pairs small businesses with established companies to build the capacity to compete for local opportunities. As part of this program, our Health and Safety team supported a local minority- and woman-owned logistics company in the development of a health and safety plan and a job hazard analysis document to minimize on-site risks.

Investing in education, literacy and digital skills

  • Worked with engineering faculty at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, to establish the Cardinal Energy Club to help students understand the natural gas industry and learn about related career opportunities. We also support student members with scholarships and project sponsorships.
  • Donation to fund Del Mar College readiness test prep courses through the Corpus Christi chapter of the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE), a statewide educational association advocating for Black faculty, staff, students and administrators.
  • Donation to the San Patricio County Adult Literacy Council to cover GED test prep classes and healthy meals for adults in Aransas Pass, Gregory, Ingleside, Mathis, Odem, Portland, Sinton and Taft.
  • Funding for several scholarships provided to students who live in the communities surrounding our LNG facilities.

Protecting and enhancing community access to local ecosystems and public spaces

  • Donation to build and repair public waterway access infrastructure on the Sabine-Neches waterway in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and others.
  • Donation to the Johnson Bayou Recreation Center Board in Louisiana to fund equipment at the Holly Beach outdoor center.
  • Donation to support the rebuilding of the satellite post office in the community of Sabine Pass, Texas.
  • Donation to Cameron Parish Beachfront Development in partnership with Cameron Parish Police Jury. In addition, Cheniere employees volunteered throughout the year to support the maintenance and restoration of Cameron Parish beachfront areas.
  • Donation to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. Funds will help cover 2 years of operations and staffing costs for two programs benefiting diverse youth: Future Coastal Leaders, which leads high school students on field trips and virtual engagements focused on coastal land loss and restoration, leadership development and college/​career readiness, and the Student Ambassador program, which exposes college-aged students to environmental careers through field trips and webinars.

Promoting diversity, equity & inclusion

  • Sponsored the Labor Day Classic between the football teams of Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University, two historically Black colleges and universities we have partnered with for recruitment and talent development programs. In addition, a team of volunteers from 11 departments spoke about our company, internship program, scholarship opportunities and job openings.
  • Volunteered throughout the year at multiple parks in the underserved and diverse neighborhoods in Houston, southeast Texas and Louisiana, providing revitalization through improvements in safety, functionality and beautification.
  • Donation to support the Port Arthur Downtown Revitalization Plan, which supports the underserved and diverse neighborhoods throughout downtown Port Arthur.
  • Donation to the Cheniere Energy Boys & Girls Club, which provides security, support and compassion for Lake Charles youth experiencing hardships; in addition, Cheniere employees volunteer regularly throughout the year to support this club chapter, which we founded.
  • Donation to the Descendants of Olivewood, an organization that cares for Olivewood Cemetery, the final resting place of some of Houston’s early African American trailblazers. The Juneteenth donation will help preserve and promote the cultural significance of the site, which is on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2022.
  • Donation to Montrose Grace Place, which provides a safe and welcoming environment for Houston LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness. These funds will help the organization purchase bus passes for teens seeking assistance.
  • Donation to Port Arthur Education Foundation to support a formalized mentorship program for nine Port Arthur students.
  • Volunteered with multiple youth organizations and events including the YWCA and NASA’s Reach For The Stars science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) festival to support leadership development and STEM career paths for female and racial or ethnic minority youth.
  • Sponsored the 2022 Houston DiverseCity Summit organized by the Greater Houston Partnership, an organization making a great impact in the local community. More than 300 attendees and thought leaders explored topics including the importance of connecting DEI and sustainability, and how organizations can create an inclusive culture.
  • Team Cheniere, in honor of Black History Month 2023, again supported Rebuilding Together Houston’s Community Revitalization program in Houston’s historic Third Ward community. A team of 11 volunteers safely transformed the home of a longtime resident, Tyler Lewis.

Recognizing our employee volunteers

Our employees are dedicated volunteers supporting a range of causes across our communities. We provide employees with up to 8 hours of paid volunteer time per year. We also organize company-sponsored volunteer events throughout the year and have long-standing involvement with Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, Southeast Texas Food Bank, The Giving Field community garden, Cameron Parish annual beach sweep, Triangle Community Outreach and Houston Parks and Recreation. 

Cheniere employees can receive full pay for up to one workday of volunteer time. In 2022, Cheniere employees volunteered over 15,000 hours in our local communities, including both Cheniere-sponsored events and self-reported volunteering. Every year, we recognize employee volunteers through a Volunteer of the Year program, which awards three employees from different categories with funds to donate to the charity of their choice.