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ExxonMobil Baytown Olefins Plant Mechanical Department Head Patti O’Neill presents a $20,000 check to Love Network of Baytown Executive Director Gladys Pryor for Love Network’s new Women Work Program.

Almost 3 million women in the U.S. have left the workforce since the start of the pandemic, according to recent data. The virus has undoubtedly played a role in this mass departure, but many women in the Baytown area are now looking to re-enter the workforce and may need assistance doing so. ExxonMobil is partnering with the Love Network of Baytown to close this gap with the start of the Women Work program.

To kick off this effort, ExxonMobil Baytown Area donated $20,000 to the Women Work program. The initiative will help underserved and underemployed women in the Baytown and Mont Belvieu area get back into the workforce, supplying work-readiness training and clothing for the first week of work. Once the program begins, ExxonMobil employees will volunteer with resume building and interview skill workshops in addition to holding clothing drives throughout the year to support the initiative.

“The donation to our Women Work program from ExxonMobil will help support local women in the workforce. Whether they are just joining, making a beneficial move or rejoining the workforce after time away, Women Work is here to support women looking to become financially independent,” said Love Network of Baytown Executive Director Gladys Pryor. “ExxonMobil’s donation will ensure that women get the support they need to reach their goals and become financially stable.”

Baytown Olefins Plant Mechanical Department Head Patti O’Neill presented the check to Pryor on behalf of ExxonMobil as she is a member of Love Network’s board of directors.

Past ExxonMobil efforts to support the program include a $5,000 donation to support four resume-building and interview workshops in 2022. ExxonMobil Baytown Area employees donated clothing, including plant garments and professional clothing and many have volunteered to work on building improvements for the new location as part of the 2021 Day of Caring activities.

- The Baytown Sun

Love Network of Baytown held its annual Coat and Blanket Giveaway on Dec. 10.

"We worked with many churches to get donated coats for those in need. Last year, many people were unprepared for the freeze. We wanted to get ahead of freezing temperatures this year," says executive director, Gladys Pryor.

Love Network handed out over 300 coats and 80 blankets to people in our area in need - over 200 being children. Coats that were left over were given to domestic violence shelters and local thrift stores that support Love Network of Baytown.

Love Network of Baytown is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that engages the community and bridges the gaps for those seeking help with basic needs.

Love Network is an established organization with over 30 years of local impact. To connect with Love Network of Baytown, visit their website or call (281) 422-5683 Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

- The Baytown Sun

More Community Organizations support Love Network during hard times.

The Thursday Forum of Baytown was organized in 1945, and though its profile has changed, the goals and purposes remain the same. It promotes education, self-improvement, entertainment and outreach. One of its outreach programs this year is Love Network, a ministry that helps the disadvantaged. A gift of $500 was given to the ministry. Pictured are project committee member Gayle Boisture, Beth Thompson, Suzi Cantrell, Thursday Forum president and project committee member Gloria Matherne.