July 28, 2015
AIKEN, S.C. – In just three days, the Savannah River Remediation (SRR) summer interns raised enough money to provide 15 individual counseling sessions for sexual assault victims through the United Way.
Other than counseling sessions, the money raised could fund 35 volunteers for disaster responder training. Or, it could pay for seven medical office visits for uninsured patients. Or, the funds may provide after school programs for a child for six months.
The opportunities to help the community through local United Way organizations are endless with the $550 raised in the SRR interns' three-day bake sale. The bake sale, which was the first-ever summer intern-led fundraising event in support of SRR's Employee United Way Campaign, began July 22, 2015.
Raven Woods, SRR intern and rising junior at Claflin University, said she not only hopes, but expects, the future summer interns of SRR to continue the tradition of supporting the United Way campaign.
"It was an honor to assist in such a simple, yet powerful event that could potentially change the lives of many individuals in our community," Woods said. "While the bake sale was just a small contribution to SRR's United Way Campaign, what we have started is a small step toward big changes."
The fundraiser made an impact far beyond what was expected: The initial goal of the event was $200.
SRR is the Liquid Waste contractor at the 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 BWXT. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, EnergySolutions and URS Professional Solutions.
Point of Contact: Colleen Welch