Friday afternoon, the El Paso Chamber’s 2020 Leadership El Paso Class (LEP 42) launched “42 and YOU,” a new initiative aimed at supporting the El Paso community through the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Each year, as part of their curriculum, the Chamber’s Leadership class develops a project to support the community and create positive change.
This year, LEP 42 is partnering with Operation H.O.P.E. to raise funds for groceries for those affected by the pandemic. In addition, LEP 42 will be organizing blood drives to help meet the increased need.
The campaign will last 42 days and is seeking assistance and involvement from individuals and organizations across the city.
“Realizing that our community is going through unprecedented times, our class wanted to focus on creating a class project that met the needs of fellow El Pasoans that may continue to be impacted by this pandemic,” LEP Project Co-Chairs Dana Irwin Carmona and Nicole Mier shared in a joint statement.
“We are very happy to be working with Operation H.O.P.E; and thanks to the generous partnership with Marathon Petroleum, we can jumpstart our efforts to help our community.”
Marathon Petroleum, a longtime partner for many El Paso non-profit organizations, was the first to pledge support for the project. The company made a donation of $5,000 to Operation H.O.P.E. and will be hosting a blood drive for their employees.
“We are honored to help with this effort to provide meals and help to those individuals that are food-insecure in our community,” shared VJ Smith, Government & Public Affairs Manager at Marathon Petroleum in El Paso. “We stand together with those organizations in our region that are working hard to help each other through these unprecedented times.”
LEP 42 will be hosting its first blood drive the morning of Sunday, June 14, 2020. Members of LEP 42 as well as previous Leadership El Paso classes will be participating, in honor of World Blood Donor Day.