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Semper Fi Fund Charity Partnership

A special thanks to all members of the Marine Corps, Law Enforcement, Fire Department, Civic Leaders and Dignitaries that attended our Semper Fi Fund Partnership Launch Event.

Sierra Propane recognizes and appreciates your service and sacrifice.


A penny, per gallon, per truck, per year to the Semper Fi Fund. Estimated $22,500 annually.

Sierra Propane Adds Delivery Truck to Fleet, Announces Charity Partnership With Semper Fi Fund

A new propane delivery truck will be the centerpiece of Sierra Propane’s charity partnership with the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit organization benefiting injured and ill service members and their families. For every gallon of propane this truck delivers, Sierra Propane will donate one cent; this truck is expected to pump about 750,000 gallons annually, which adds up to $7500. To celebrate this announcement, the company will be hosting a launch event on November 3rd, 2016 at the Sierra Propane Office in Merced, CA.

Attending the launch event will be military personnel, civic leaders, and members of the local fire and police departments. Sierra Propane customers are encouraged to turn out and see the gleaming new truck and participate in the festivities. Seating will be limited, and RSVPs are required.

The launch event is expected to kick off with a welcome address, followed by an opening prayer. Sierra Propane CEO Rick Van Unen will discuss the history and mission of the Semper Fi Fund. A short address from CFO Jeff Van Groningen will precede the presentation of Sierra Propane’s donation check, which will show the projected donation that this new truck should generate in year one. Additional distinguished speakers include Mariposa County Supervisor Kevin Cann, Madera County Supervisor David Rogers and Chowchilla Police Department Lieutenant Jeff Palmer.

With November 10 being the official 241st birthday of the Marine Corps, the Sierra Propane and Semper Fi Fund charity partnership launch party will conclude with a traditional cake cutting ceremony to celebrate the birth of the Corps. The traditional passing of cake from the oldest to the youngest Marine demonstrates the passing of the honor, experience, and heart of the Corps to the next generation of Marines to carry on. Refreshments and snacks – including cake – will be available following the 30-minute ceremony, and police and fire department members will be offering vehicle tours.

Sierra Propane’s new truck will be wrapped in U.S. Marine MARPAT camouflage and feature the Semper Fi Fund logo. The partnership will last for the life of the truck, which should be at least five years.

The Semper Fi Fund was established by a group of Marine Corps spouses in 2004. The organization provides financial assistance and other support to post-9/11 wounded and injured service members from all branches. Since its founding, the Semper Fi Fund has given $136 million to 17,000 heroes and their families. Over 93% of every dollar donated to the Semper Fi Fund goes to their program expenses and the services they deliver.

The charity partnership with the Semper Fi Fund is just one more way that Sierra Propane adds value to the communities it serves. Looking ahead, the company anticipates continued growth, which will generate even more opportunities to build great relationships with its customers and partners.

To learn more about the Semper Fi Fund, please visit: http://semperfifund.org

We would like to recognize the following organizations who have joined us in support of the Semper Fi Fund:

Sierra Propane believes in giving back to those who give so much. Our CEO, Rick Van Unen, volunteers his time three times per year at Camp Pendleton. Here, he coordinates and teaches Business Career Transition Courses to senior Marine leaders.

“These Marine leaders are finishing their careers and entering the civilian business world,” says Rick. “It is quite a change to go from a very structured environment to the type of work environment that they will find in their next career. This course gives them some of the insights and tools that they will need to make this change successfully.”

Rick is a Marine Veteran having served in Vietnam. At the most recent class in February, Rick had the opportunity to meet General Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and discuss the seminar. Thank you to all those who proudly serve in our country’s military.

Our Leadership

Rick Van Unen

Chief Executive Officer
Co-founder & industry veteran with over 30 years of experience.

Jeff Van Groningen

Chief Financial Officer
Co-founder with 24 years of industry experience a background in banking and finance.

Marion Miersma

Super Nice Guy
Co-founder and investor, with over 45 years of industry experience.

Danny Martinez

Director of Operations
Over 24 years of industry operations and management experience.

At Van Unen Miersma Propane, our mission is to provide world-class safety and service, every day, every time.