In addition other Oil Can! events like the Teachers Seminar, Pick Up the Patch and Bakken Rocks CookFest, the industry also participates in three other competitive events annually, as well as dozens of other community or organization projects.
Held throughout January and February, the Battle of the Bakken Blood Drive pits companies against one another in a friendly competition to help United Blood Services build up their supplies. Two companies are awarded money from the NDPC for bringing out the most contributors.
2015 Results: 200+ donors
Whiting Petroleum, which won a $1,000 donation in the company’s name to Wounded Warriors
Panther Pressure Testers, which won $1,000 for McKenzie County Health Benefit Fund
In the late summer and early fall, companies and their employees will work to gather and donate winter coats for the children and people who need them most. Two companies that gather the most donations will be awarded $1,000 to a charity of their choice.
2015 results: more than 2,000 clothing items, including 400+ coats and 400+ pairs of mittens and gloves
Whiting Oil and Gas, which collected 635 items total to win a $1,000 donation for Make-A-Wish Foundation
LTR collected 84 winter clothing items to win $1,000 for the Ronald McDonald House
This annual toy and food drive is held in November and December of each year. Food may be donated to the food shelter of choice and toys will go to the Giving Tree or Toys for Tots. Two companies that gather the most nonperishable food items in pounds are awarded $1,000 each for a charity of their choice.
2014 results: 5,364.8 pounds of food collected and 612 toys collected
Whiting Oil & Gas collected 1,333 pounds of food giving their $1,000 donation to Make-a-Wish Foundation (honorable mention to MDU Resources for collecting 190 toys)
Panther Pressure Testers collected 512 pounds of food giving their $1,000 donation to McKenzie County Food Pantry.
NDPC member companies have pulled together to provide $60,000 to fund the Dolly Parton Imagination Library project throughout much of western North Dakota. The project, which has been spearheaded by First Lady Betsy Dalrymple in North Dakota, works to foster a love of reading among preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month.
The areas covered by industry companies include:
Using funds raised through the Annual Oil Can! Fishing Derby, the NDPC provides resources for habitat development and professional grant writing assistance to wildlife chapters that wish to apply for grants available through the Outdoor Heritage Fund. North Dakota has hundreds of local wildlife chapters that work hard to organize fundraisers for habitat improvements, but like many civic and community organizations, they rely solely on volunteers who may not have the time or the expertise to develop projects or meet the requirements needed to receive outside grant dollars. Habitat Unlimited will work with chapters to develop habitat projects and offer professional grant writing services that will help them access the Outdoor Heritage Funds. Interested organizations may contact Tessa Sandstrom at email@example.com for more information.
The Al Golden Memorial Scholarship Fund, named after North Dakota oil pioneer and the first member of the NDPC’s Hall of Fame Al Golden, was established in 2008 to support students who are pursuing post-secondary education in geology, engineering, processing plant technology, science, technical skills or other careers related to the oil and gas industry. The scholarships are part of the oil and gas industry’s efforts to help solve growing workforce demands in North Dakota. Learn more.