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XTO awards grants to Bakken charities

DENVER -- Four Bakken charities will receive $62,000 in grants from XTO Energy, the subsidiary of Exxon Mobil announced Wednesday.Best Friends Mentoring in Dickinson, N.D., and Home on the Range in Sentinel Butte, N.D., will each receive a $25,00...

DENVER - Four Bakken charities will receive $62,000 in grants from XTO Energy, the subsidiary of Exxon Mobil announced Wednesday.
Best Friends Mentoring in Dickinson, N.D., and Home on the Range in Sentinel Butte, N.D., will each receive a $25,000 grant through XTO’s inaugural “Giving Back to the Bakken” grant program.
With the grant money, Best Friends Mentoring said it will be able to erase a waiting list of kids who need mentors. The mentoring program serves youth in 14 southwest North Dakota schools.
Home on the Range, a live-in facility for at-risk youth who have been removed form an unstable home, plans to use the grant to develop a specialty unit for youth who have been exposed to traumatic experiences.
In addition, Community Action Partnership in Dickinson will receive $6,500 to assist families in emergency situations. The High Plains Cultural Center in Killdeer, N.D., will receive $5,500 to allow public school students to use new gym facilities at no charge.
“These communities have welcomed XTO Energy and its employees, and to show our appreciation, we are giving back to the Bakken through this new annual grant program,” said John Baker, XTO vice president for the western division.

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