April 11, 2017
Aiken, S.C. - Philanthropy is a way of life for Savannah River Remediation (SRR) employees who continue to answer their neighbors call through the United Way’s 21st Project Volunteers In Service In Our Neighborhoods (VISION).
Since 2009, SRR employees have taken great pride in volunteering and when Project VISION comes around each year, the volunteers begin early in the day to fulfill projects that will make their communities better. This year, the service day fell on St. Patrick’s Day and was called the “Luckiest Day in Aiken.”
The objective of Project VISION is to improve partner agency facilities and to increase self-sufficiency for disabled and senior citizens by repairing hazards at their private residences. Leading up to the event, approximately 50 SRR employees were divided into five teams, and served three partner agencies and two private residences.
Many SRR employees are veteran volunteers who have been serving their community through Project VISION since the program began in 1996. SRR EEO and Diversity Manager Stephanie Franklin has been involved with the program from the beginning and remembers how seeing the needs of the community influenced her to volunteer.
“I will never forget the moment I saw this tiny baby boy in a crib at Helping Hands and learned his story, or when I learned the stories of the women who live at the Cumbee Center because of domestic violence,” said Franklin. “I quickly understood that these shelters would not exist without the United Way and annual volunteer opportunities like Project VISION.”
Ben Young, SRR General Plant and Capitol Projects Manager, serves as the 2017 United Way of Aiken County’s Project Vision Chair and also received the Live United Award for his service since 2008.
“I am motivated by my faith, life experiences, and a desire to be of good character,” said Young. “It is an honor and a blessing to be able to contribute to something and hopefully make a positive difference somewhere, for someone, however big or small.”
Thanks to the talented and heart felt contribution of the volunteers and their team leads, their generosity was felt throughout the five job sites located in Aiken, Beech Island, and Jackson. A variety of skill sets were used to complete the projects, including mulching, sanding and painting, door repairs, power washing, and rebuilding stairs and decks. It was a lucky day in Aiken, as many teams worked for over 10 hours to complete their projects.
SRR is composed of a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M, and BWX Technologies. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Atkins, and AECOM Technical Services.