July 5, 2016
Savannah River Remediation (SRR) summer interns followed in company footsteps this month by volunteering for Aiken County United Way’s Project Vision.
Led by SRR employees, Ed Urbanawiz and Donnie Thaxton, Project Vision allows interns to give back and rebuild the local community through revitalization and construction projects for those in need. The intent of Project Vision is to assist residents who are not capable of completing these projects on their own.
On June 3, a team of SRR interns met in Langley, S.C. to rebuild a deck and stairs, which ultimately allowed a community member safe access to her home.
University of Georgia student, Christopher Turner, said that his internship at SRR has offered him more than just hands-on experience in mechanical engineering, but also the opportunity to give back to the community in rewarding ways.
“SRR’s community commitment is something I hope to maintain as I return to school,” Turner said. “It is extremely fulfilling knowing that the homeowner now feels safe and secure using her new deck.”
SRR Project Integration manager Kim Hauer stopped by to encourage the interns. Hauer shared advice that a previous mentor once shared with him: find and maintain a balance in life that includes family, work, and community giving.
The second project took place in Warrenville, S.C., where SRR interns and several newly hired engineers helped refurbish a dilapidated deck and wheelchair ramp for another community member in need.
SRR President and Project Manager Tom Foster said community giving is a vital component of SRR’s mission.
“Project Vision reflects SRR’s passion for the local community,” Foster said. “I am proud of how many of our interns volunteered their personal time to help others in need.”
SRR is the liquid waste contactor at Savannah River Site for the U.S. Department of Energy. 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, EnergySolutions and URS Professional Solutions.