July 1, 2015
AIKEN, S.C. – Savannah River Remediation (SRR) summer interns learn the value of volunteering for United Way's Project Vision "Days of Caring."
In Warrenville, S.C., community member Virginia Morrison was in need of front entrance repair work. A team of six interns and two SRR staff members reported to her home and, with the help of United Way, were able to make the necessary repairs so she can feel safe while enjoying her front porch.
Project Vision's objective is to improve the quality of life for disabled persons and senior citizens who are the owner-occupants of their homes. Through this program, applicants are able to request assistance, which includes yard work, roof repairs, ramps, siding, general maintenance and many other jobs. Volunteer groups, such as the SRR interns, help in making these projects possible.
SRR's summer internship program allows college students to not only focus on career development, but gives them opportunities to give back and learn the importance of volunteering.
Environmental, Safety, Health and Quality Assurance intern Dylan Sutton, who's a senior environmental engineering student at the University of Florida, was thankful to be on the team.
"We learned valuable teamwork skills, gained handy carpentry experience and left with a great feeling of helping the community in which we live," said Sutton. "Donating a few hours can go a long way while helping to improve someone's life, a lesson we won't soon forget."
After 10 hours in nearly 100 degree weather, the group revealed the project, and saw how grateful Morrison was of the repairs. A thank you note from Morrison expressed her gratitude.
"To each and every one of you, may this just be the beginning of a successful and bright future. When I pray, I will remember your group who took on a very hard task."
SRR is the liquid waste contractor at Savannah River Site, which is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, EnergySolutions and URS Professional Solutions.
Point of Contact: Dean Campbell