Urban League to Get Large Stipend
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has pledged a $450,000 grant to the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City to fight racial inequality, The Black Chronicle has learned.
The Urban League will use the grant in its social Justice Program, an education and advocacy effort on inequities faced by minorities and the impoverished.
“We have always valued the communities in which our customers and team members live and work,” Jenny Love Meyer, executive vice president and chief culture officer of Love’s, said in a statement.
“Love’s has had a long-standing partnership with the Urban League, and we are honored to continue to support their initiatives,” said.
“Here at Love’s, we actively work to establish an environment that is inclusive and embraces the power of differences, ideas and backgrounds in team members and customers. We stand against all forms of racism and injustices.”
For many years, he Love family and Love’s Travel Stores has supported the Urban League, as well as Langston University, Perry Publishing & Broadcasting and various other organizations that directly impact the-African American community in Oklahoma, the statement said.
“The Urban League is very proud and grateful to Love’s for the opportunity to strengthen our Community Convening and Social Justice Program,” Dr. Valarie Thompson, president of the Urban League, commented.
“With the additional resources from Love’s, the Urban League will pursue measures to implement voter education and mobilization in the African American community.”
The Urban League was established in 1946 as an affiliate of the National Urban League and is a United Way Partner Agency.
She said the league’s mission is to assist Blacks, other minorities and the poor to achieve social and economic equality.
It works, she said, to accomplish its mission through advocacy, research and program services in four major areas:
- Workforce and career development;
- Education and family development;
- Housing and financial literacy; and
- Community convening and social justice.
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores operates more than 520 locations in 41 states.
Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, the company is family-owned and operated and employs more than 26,000 workers.
Love’s provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, fresh coffee and restaurant offerings, among other services.
The company has more than 380 truck service centers, which include on-site and stand-alone Speedco and Love’s Truck Tire Care locations.
Love’s and Speedco combined is the largest oil change, preventive maintenance and total truck care network nationwide.