(WFXR) — Sheetz, the Mid-Atlantic convenience store and restaurant chain, says it was added to this year’s “Companies that Care” list by “PEOPLE Magazine” and Great Place to Work.

According to Sheetz, this is the sixth year the annual list has been released, highlighting top companies in the United States. Companies recognized have not only succeeded in business, but they have also demonstrated outstanding respect, care, and concern for their employees, communities, and the environment.

Over 1 million employee survey responses help determine what companies make the list, Sheetz tells WFXR News. The surveys ask employees about how their workplaces have impacted their lives and their communities.

Sheetz says it ranked number 64 this year on the list, the second time the company has been recognized. In 2020, Sheetz was included in the list which recognized companies that reacted to the COVID-19 crisis by caring for their employees, communities, and the world.

“It is an honor to be included in such an incredible list and be alongside companies that also take pride in their commitment to their employees and communities they serve,” said Travis Sheetz, president and CEO of Sheetz. “Day in and day out, our organization strives to ensure that the family values my Uncle instilled when he founded Sheetz in 1952 continue today. To do that we work to create a place where employees know they are valued and members of the community know that we are there for them.”

Sheetz continues to serve the community and better the quality of work-life for their employees in numerous ways.

In 2021, the company says it invested over $70 million in in-store employee wages and doubled the tuition assistance offered through their College Tuition Reimbursement Program. The company also increased its parental leave policy to 12 weeks of fully paid time off for new mothers and two weeks of fully paid time off for partners.

According to the company, Sheetz works with several organizations including the Special Olympics, whom they have supported for over 30 years with financial and product donations, as well as event volunteers. Sheetz also works with local food banks and operates Sheetz For the Kidz, an employee-run non-profit that has helped more than 150,000 children in need.

Most recently, Sheetz says it celebrated the two-year anniversary of joining the Better Buildings Challenge, an initiative run by the Department of Energy to reduce energy by 20% over the next 10 years. Sheetz stores have already reduced their energy by 14% since joining.