Art possesses a unique ability to transcend boundaries, connect people, and instill a sense of belonging. 

“Being here on this campus, doing this beautification project in conjunction with Marathon, it means a lot to me … not (only) because I am an alum from here but also as somebody who grew up in this community,” said Daniel Toledo, a Marathon engineer. 

When Daniel Toledo and his colleagues set out on July 29th to paint murals at Wilmington Middle School brought a sense of pride. “It’s great to work for a company that cares about the community but they actually show that through works like we’re doing here today.”

Marathon Petroleum has set an inspiring example yet again by partnering with Sharefest to bring positive change to the community of Wilmington, CA. A collaborative effort involving over 100 volunteers and a month of renovations, a remarkable transformation has taken place at Wilmington Middle School through mural beautification, landscaping, and refurbishing the basketball courts.

“Our team members are the heart of this effort, and their unwavering dedication to the Wilmington community is truly inspiring,” shared Olga Chavez, Sr. ESG & Stakeholder Engagement Rep with Marathon. “Partnering with Sharefest for the vibrant murals at Wilmington Middle School demonstrates how much our team cares about making a real impact.”

Nine murals, each paying tribute to iconic sports figures who embody Wilmington Middle School’s core values such as determination, teamwork, and resilience, now adorn the walls of the school. From legendary athletes who overcame adversity to achieve greatness to those who demonstrated the importance of giving back to their communities, these murals tell a story of triumph. Principal Jorge Olmos aptly captured the significance of these murals saying, “The role models on these walls epitomize the core values that we want our students to have. The impact of Marathon Petroleum’s investment in Wilmington is not confined to physical changes; it’s about nurturing a positive environment that encourages growth, self-belief, and ambition. The presence of these murals sends a powerful message to students, reminding them that their dreams are achievable and that they are part of a community that believes in their potential.”


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Marathon’s team of volunteers outstretched to multiple divisions including their Summer Youth Internship Program. On July  19th, with paintbrushes in hand and a shared sense of purpose, these young individuals became integral contributors to the transformation of Wilmington Middle School. Their enthusiasm and willingness to actively participate in the creation of the inspirational murals demonstrated their belief in the power of unity and collective effort. “It’s been an incredible journey to see our Summer Youth step up and be part of something so meaningful. Their enthusiasm and dedication in volunteering for this project with Sharefest have truly embodied the spirit of giving back that Marathon stands for. Through their collaborative efforts, these interns have not only contributed to the beautification of Wilmington Middle School but have also become a driving force in inspiring positive change within our community.” – Thompson Joseph, Marathon Petroleum Summer Youth Program Lead Coordinator.

But Marathon didn’t stop there, on July 29th Marathon employees and their families came together to complete the remaining murals. By investing in projects that inspire and uplift, Marathon is helping to break down barriers and instill hope in a community that often goes unnoticed. “Through our partnership with Marathon, we’ve not only revitalized physical spaces but also ignited a spirit of unity and empowerment among the community,” shared Chad Mayer, Executive Director at Sharefest. “The murals at Wilmington Middle School stand as a vivid reminder that positive change begins when we come together with a shared vision.”

Marathon Petroleum’s partnership with Sharefest is a shining example of corporate social responsibility in action. Their initiative demonstrates a genuine commitment to fostering positive change in the community. This project stands as a reminder that when companies and communities come together with a shared purpose, the possibilities for transformation are limitless. “Over the course of this month-long beautification project at Wilmington Middle School, I’ve witnessed the remarkable impact that collaboration and dedication can bring to a community. Marathon Petroleum’s partnership with Sharefest, combined with the active involvement of our summer interns and volunteers, has not only transformed the physical environment but has also breathed new life into the spirit of Wilmington. This experience exemplifies the power of uniting for a shared purpose, fostering a sense of pride, and creating a lasting legacy that will inspire generations to come.” – John Stubbs, Project Coordinator.

About Sharefest: 

Sharefest builds hope and pathways to economic success for youth facing significant barriers. Serving over 300 youth a year, their primary work takes place inside LAUSD Continuation High Schools from Wilmington to Watts. Sharefest students participate in college and career courses that accelerate earning the credits they desperately need to graduate. The Sharefest team mentors and provides students with the necessary skills, support, and connections to achieve their career and college goals. After high school graduation, youth continue to receive support, guidance, and mentoring as they enter into the workforce or community college. Sharefest’s work with youth is partially funded by facilitating service projects for area businesses who want to give back to their surrounding communities.

About Marathon Petroleum Corporation and the Los Angeles Refinery: 

Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) is a leading, integrated, downstream energy company headquartered in Findlay, Ohio. The company operates the nation’s largest refining system. MPC’s marketing system includes branded locations across the United States, including Marathon brand retail outlets. MPC also owns the general partner and majority limited partner interest in MPLX LP, a midstream company that owns and operates gathering, processing, and fractionation assets, as well as crude oil and light product transportation and logistics infrastructure. More information is available at

MPC’s Los Angeles refinery is in Los Angeles County, near the Los Angeles Harbor. It manufactures cleaner-burning California Air Resources Board (CARB) gasoline and CARB diesel fuel, as well as conventional gasoline, distillates, petroleum coke, anode-grade coke, chemical-grade propylene, fuel-grade coke, heavy fuel oil and propane. The refinery ships products via its connections to several product distribution pipelines and terminals. Its Watson cogeneration plant produces 400 megawatts and is the largest cogeneration facility in California.