Giving Back

The future of energy must be a future for everyone. Through enhanced collaboration, community engagement and stakeholder education, SEFF is dedicated to aligning the interests of our environment, our sense of social equality, our economic prosperity, and the right energy mix as we move towards a shared sustainable energy future. SEFF works to achieve its mission by supporting strategic partners through charitable giving, providing education and outreach opportunities to policymakers and stakeholders, sponsoring an annual day of service and offering scholarships to high school and college students.

Annual Volunteer Day

SEFF promotes servant leadership and will work with business industry groups, labor organizations and community organizations and leaders to organize and sponsor an annual day of service to uplift the communities in which we live, work and play. 

STEM and Trade Scholarships

We believe that investing in future generations is vital to developing a shared vision to achieve a sustainable energy future. SEFF has established two scholarship funds that uplift high school students and those starting their first year of apprenticeship. SEFF will work with colleges and universities to identify students from underserved communities who show an interest in pursuing a career in STEM education or the trades. The 2024/2025 scholarships are now closed and we’re reviewing applications. Visit our scholarship page to learn more.

Holiday Charitable Giving

Supporting Working Families in The Central Valley This Holiday Season 

On November 21, 2023, WSPA Staff and their families, along with their community partners, Associate volunteers, and local junior high students worked alongside special guest Senator Melissa Hurtado and her staff to host the Shared Energy Future Foundation (SEFF) kickoff event. The event consisted of a drive-up turkey distribution and community resources fair and marked the first event held by the newly launched foundation. Representatives from Community Action Partnership, Shafter Recreation and Parks District, and local businesses including Shafter’s Apple Market, American Refuse Company, and Agilitech all volunteered and 150 turkeys were distributed to Shafter residents. Community Action Partnership was deeply appreciative of SEFF’s efforts, noting that food scarcity has been at troubling levels throughout the pandemic in Shafter, which is an AB 617 community. Some of the volunteers are also AB 617 Community Steering Committee Members. WSPA staffer Christine Luther Zimmerman noted that planning and execution of the event was fun and efficient in no small part due to WSPA’s engagement with the Shafter community throughout the AB 617 Process. This event was genuinely an example of SEFF’s vision, bringing together people from many aspects of the community to benefit those in need.”

In partnership with SEFF and the California Building and Construction Trades, $50 VISA Gift Cards were gifted on a first come, first served basis to individuals and families identified by local nonprofit organizations who work closely with Senator Anna Caballero (D-Salinas)  and her district staff in Merced. The Holiday Celebration event was held in front of Senator Caballero’s Merced District office at Bob Hart Square in the heart of downtown Merced. The organization also provided coffee and pastries for all community members who stood in line during the chilly winter morning to receive their gift card. The event was filled with cheer, and gratitude to the event sponsors in the oil and gas industry, and labor community. WSPA’s SEFF and our labor partners were proud to support Senator Caballero, who has been a tireless advocate for working families in the rural, and economically disadvantaged communities in the 12th Senate District.