Starting almost immediately, our predecessor, the Humble Oil Company, constructed schools, roads, houses and places of gathering for the community. Today, we remain committed to upholding traditions of service and engagement. As more than just near neighbors, we are community partners, and we strive to make contributions that support and strengthen our local communities. After all, we live and work here, too.
Baytown area employees, retirees and their families annually spend approximately 28,000 hours as volunteers for non-profit agencies, schools and community organizations. The company supports those volunteer efforts with annual local grants totaling nearly $2 million. ExxonMobil Baytown is also proud to take a leadership role in important community initiatives such as United Way and Relay for Life. Each year, more than 1,000 ExxonMobil employees volunteer with these and other area organizations which strengthen our community and contribute to the livelihood and well-being of our neighbors.
ExxonMobil also continues to help build a stable local economy. ExxonMobil Baytown area contributes more than $7 billion to the regional economy, including nearly 15,000 direct and indirect jobs. We pay more than $150 million in the form of property, sales, fees and special district taxes.