June 11, 2015
AIKEN, S.C. – United Way's Project Vision has Savannah River Remediation's (SRR) summer interns helping the Aiken community.
In Windsor, S.C., a team of 10 interns, two staff members and one generous neighbor worked together to build a 32-foot wheelchair ramp. To accomplish this task, volunteers took down a five-step staircase that was hazardous for the elderly homeowner to use.
Project Vision's intent is to assist local elderly, disabled or low-income families with tasks they are not capable of completing themselves. Some of these tasks include painting, repairs and maintenance work to facilities, clearing brush and providing landscaping. All the work is performed voluntarily, which has become a trademark of SRR employees over the years.
SRR employees Donnie Thaxton and Edward Urbanawiz served as co-leads for the day's wheelchair ramp project.
"We have seniors who have lived robust lives, but now may be disabled or on a fixed income, in many cases only receiving social security or welfare," said Urbanawiz. "There is now one woman, a senior with mobility limitations, on a small fixed income who can exit and enter her home safely because of the wheelchair ramp built by a group of young professionals."
SRR's summer internship program allows college students to not only focus on career development, but gives them multiple opportunities to give back and learn the importance of volunteering. Daisy Carlos, a Georgia Regents University student, enjoyed volunteering for the United Way.
"It was priceless to see the lady's face when she saw her wheelchair ramp finished," said Carlos, a project management student. "It comforts me to know that she will now be safe when exiting out of her home."
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