July 8, 2013
AIKEN, S.C. – Twenty-one of Savannah River Remediation's (SRR) college interns experienced the "real world" in a new way. On June 28, SRR summer interns, a few managers and several United Way of Aiken coordinators helped to make the SRR Project VISION Community Day a success. Three teams of volunteers spent the day improving the lives of people in the Aiken community.
The projects included constructing a wheelchair ramp, renovating a deck and landscaping. This work day was planned outside of regular work hours to give interns the opportunity to put others' needs above their own.
Each intern had something to contribute to the projects, whether it was previous construction experience or a willingness to learn. Several interns that were not able to volunteer also participated by assisting in the planning of the Project VISION Community Day.
"I jumped on the opportunity to give back to the Aiken community. Aiken is my home for the summer so I wanted to get involved," said Bates. "I have some experience in construction, but building a wheelchair ramp was a new challenge for me."
Not only did Project VISION allow the interns to participate in community outreach, but they were also able to learn to work as a team. "Volunteering with other interns was a great way to get to know each other outside of work," said Bates. "Everyone brought a different set of skills and experiences so we were able to complete the homeowner's new ramp safely."
The interns and volunteers were able experience first-hand SRR's dedication to community outreach. Stuart MacVean, Interim SRR President and Project Manager, believes that the experience the interns gained through volunteering is important as they move forward in their professional careers. "The interns' work on these projects exemplifies the company's commitment to give back to the community," said MacVean. "I enjoyed seeing the looks on these students' faces as they were making a difference in the lives of others."
Savannah River Remediation (SRR) is the Liquid Waste contractor for the Savannah River Site (SRS). SRS is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is composed of companies led by URS Corp. with partners like Bechtel National, CH2M Hill and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Energy Solutions, and URS Professional Solutions.
Media Contact: Katie Smith, Katie.Smith@srs.gov (803) 208-0466