Our approach to community investment is to thoughtfully and purposefully invest in the following areas:
We support education programs that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), while encouraging students to pursue higher education. SM Energy continues to be the headline sponsor of the Texas Tech University Whitacre College of Engineering’s Robotics Program. This partnership helps cultivate an interest in STEM studies and careers throughout West Texas.
In addition to the robotics program, SM Energy works closely with school districts in and around the Midland and Big Spring communities to implement STEM and robotics programming in local middle and high schools. Our South Texas office implemented a STEM Scholarship program supporting five local high schools.
SM Energy also funds a summer STEM program through Southwest Texas Junior College in which 25 students are afforded the opportunity to attend an 8-week engineering internship. In addition to funding, SM Energy employees will volunteer their time to provide presentations and educational sessions throughout the program.
Our Denver office partners with Junior Achievement (JA) to teach K-12 students to be financially responsible, entrepreneurial, and career ready by giving them a realistic view of the working world. SM Energy employees help students explore the role that financial investment plays in their families and communities.
Health and Human Services
We support organizations and programs that focus on community health and wellness and place special emphasis on family wellness initiatives and occupational health programs. SM Energy proudly partners with United Way to serve the needs of communities, and each fall, SM Energy hosts an employee campaign to support United Way chapters in Metro Denver, Houston, Midland, and Laredo.
Civic and Community Service
We invest in civic and community organizations that serve critical social needs and enhance social and economic conditions. For years, SM Energy has supported Heartbeat Denver in downtown Denver to help meet the critical needs of those experiencing homelessness. SM Energy has donated office furniture, bedding, computers, funds, and volunteer hours to help Heartbeat Denver open a new employment center to aid individuals seeking support to prepare, connect, and succeed in employment opportunities.
SM Energy’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity began in 2000 through the Metro Denver community. During this time, the company has donated over a million dollars and has sponsored the building of nearly 20 new homes. Employees have donated many hours assisting with the construction of these homes. Beginning in 2019, SM Energy began working with Habitat for Humanity in Laredo, Texas, and was awarded their Volunteer Group of the Year award in 2021.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, SM Energy recognized the hardship our communities were facing, specifically in regard to food insecurity and the increased needs of local shelters. Since early 2020, SM Energy has donated to local food banks, shelters, and organizations to purchase food, supplies, and to perform upgrades to facilities.
Local Law Enforcement, First Responders, and Veterans
SM Energy is a proud supporter of local law enforcement, first responders, and our nation’s veterans. We support many events and organizations, including:
Freedom Service Dogs: an organization that trains service dogs for veterans who have experienced challenges as a result of serving our country.
Show of Support: an organization that provides support and outdoor adventures to veterans who were injured while serving.
Bustin’ for Badges: an event raising funds in support of the Midland and Odessa police departments and Midland and Ector counties sheriff’s departments.
Howard County Volunteer Fire Department: provided donations to help with the cost of equipment and upgrades.