GOOD NEWS: Midland’s Diamondback Energy receives volunteer award

AUSTIN Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, Honorary Chair of the 2021 Governor’s Volunteer Awards, yesterday announced that Diamondback Energy, of Midland, has received the Governor’s Corporate Volunteering Champion Award. This award recognizes private sector corporations and small businesses for implementing employee volunteer programs that have demonstrable community impact and set community service as a core value and business strategy.

“We are simply honored to have been nominated and to receive the 38th Annual Texas Governor’s Volunteer Awards as the Corporate Volunteering Champion for 2021,” Travis Stice, CEO, said. “Volunteering our time, talents and treasures reflects key elements of our culture, and shows how Diamondback employees demonstrate ‘doing the right thing.”

Diamondback Energy, Inc. understands the importance of building a culture of giving back and has channeled this into support for local public schools. With the Permian Basin’s growing population of English as a Second Language learners, the company encourages employees as well as other local groups to get involved and has implemented literacy and STEM programs at school campuses and other youth nonprofits. In addition, Diamondback Energy leaders and employees are encouraged to actively serve on boards that support the work of educating students, providing adequate facilities, technology, and safety for public schools, and building up the local workforce. In addition to their support of education, the Diamondback Energy team also assists local nonprofit Keep Midland Beautiful with efforts to keep the city growing and green. Since the start of 2020, the company has contributed about 430 hours of service and over $5.2 million dollars to the Permian Basin community.

The Corporate Volunteering Champion Award is a part of the 38th annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards. These awards, presented in conjunction with OneStar Foundation, honor the exemplary service of individuals and organizations that have made a significant and measurable contribution to Texas communities in the past year.

“Gov. Greg Abbott and I have been so inspired by the generosity and selfless dedication demonstrated by volunteers across this great state over the past year,” Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott said. “As we strive toward stronger Texas communities, we are reminded that the true power of the Lone Star State is found in people coming together to support one another. We are thrilled to recognize the Texan spirit of service exemplified by this year’s 11 outstanding awardees.”

Awardees were selected for engaging in volunteer service that effectively addresses a critical need, makes a sustained positive impact on the community, and inspires others to get involved in their cause or community.

All of this year’s awardees have exhibited an enduring commitment to service in even the most extraordinary circumstances,” Chris Bugbee, OneStar President & CEO, said. “They have persevered in spite of—or perhaps because of—the COVID-19 pandemic and have risen to the challenge of meeting this year’s exceptional community needs. We are grateful to these incredible awardees for making a difference in the lives of so many Texans.”

Diamondback Energy will be honored alongside other Governor’s Volunteer Awardees Nov. 3 during an online awards ceremony hosted by Honorary Chair of the Governor’s Volunteer Awards, Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott.

For a list of the rest of the awardees, visit