Site contractors contribute over $668,000 to United Way and nonprofit organizations in eastern Idaho
IDAHO FALLS — Employees of the U.S. Department of Energy’s two largest contractors in Idaho provided more than $668,000 in contributions to three regional United Way offices for the coming year. United Way organizations and nonprofit agencies throughout eastern Idaho will receive the donations.
Battelle Energy Alliance, which manages and operates Idaho National Laboratory, and many of its 4,200 employees have pledged $354,644 to United Way offices and agencies.
Employees participated in several fundraising events and an online auction that also brought in nearly $35,000. INL employees contributed nearly $17,000 in additional funds to 33 other nonprofits as part of their write-in option in the campaign. This year’s total includes a BEA $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, we asked volunteers from each of our divisions to visit United Way-supported agencies. They were able to see firsthand the incredible work those agencies perform to change the lives of those in our communities.? These volunteers were then able to share with their co-workers the impact of their contributions,” said Ron Crone, INL associate laboratory director and United Way campaign champion. “We are very passionate about United Way and the important services the agencies they support provide to our communities. It was a very successful campaign. Our employees are very generous; they stepped up and raised $406,204, beating our goal by over $11,000.”
Fluor Idaho, which manages the environmental cleanup work at DOE’s Idaho site, and its 1,800 employees pledged more than $207,000. “Some of the Fluor Idaho employees had an opportunity to tour local United Way agencies and learn more about their missions,” said Fluor Idaho Environment, Safety and Health Director Alice Doswell, who served as Fluor Idaho’s United Way campaign champion. “The employees then shared that information with their co-workers, creating a much better understanding of how much United Way accomplishes in our community.”
Fluor Idaho Program Manager Fred Hughes also referenced a Fluor corporate commitment to United Way: “Like our employees, Fluor is committed to supporting United Way, and it’s more than just words,” Hughes said. “Fluor matched the employee contributions by 50 cents on the dollar, adding $64,000 to our campaign. Fluor Idaho appreciates the contributions made by all the employees and companies who are great private and corporate citizens, working to improve the quality of life we can all enjoy.”