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Dec. 3, 2015
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Site contractors contribute nearly $550,000 to United Way organizations in eastern Idaho
IDAHO FALLS — Employees of the U.S. Department of Energy’s three largest contractors in Idaho provided support to three regional United Way offices with donations for the coming year. United Way organizations in eastern Idaho received more than $542,786 in contributions.
Battelle Energy Alliance and many of its roughly 3,900 employees have pledged a total of $358,770 to United Way offices and agencies serving 22 counties in east and southeast Idaho. This year’s total includes a Battelle Energy Alliance $55,000 donation, which will be shared among United Way offices in Idaho Falls, Pocatello and Twin Falls based on the percentage of INL employees residing in each United Way region.
“This year, the lab took an innovative approach to reach our employees with information about the needs of families living in our community,” said Todd Allen, INL deputy laboratory director and United Way campaign champion. “I was astounded by their response to supporting the needs of area families. It is important that basic services providing food, shelter, crisis intervention, addiction rehabilitation, senior services, youth programs, and immediate, effective help for victims of violence and abuse are available to people in our community.”
CH2M-WG Idaho (CWI), the contractor that manages the Idaho Cleanup Project, contributed more than $107,000, which includes contributions from many of its roughly 1,050 employees and CWI’s corporate donation.
“It has been great to see the CWI employees step up when ask to do so and achieve almost 10 percent more than the company’s goal. I’m also proud of the management of CWI, who gave their full support to the United Way campaign,” said Bill Dunkley, CWI United Way campaign chair.
At Idaho Treatment Group, which manages and operates the Department of Energy’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP), half of the 700 employees completed contribution cards that led to the company exceeding its $60,000 campaign goal, finishing with $63,000 of employee contributions for the two eastern Idaho United Ways.
“The AMWTP workforce has recorded many extraordinary work accomplishments safely shipping radioactive waste out of Idaho,” said Vice President and Plant Manager Wes Bryan. “While this important work occurs every day, it’s especially meaningful for me to be associated with a group of people who recognize how fortunate they are, the leadership role they play in the community, and their understanding of how we make our communities stronger by giving to those in need.”
AECOM, which has support responsibilities spanning the three contractors, donated $10,000.