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Savannah River Mission Completion Interns Display Core Values While Volunteering

SRMC interns and employees join United Way to help build a wheelchair ramp for an Aiken resident. From Left: Keith Harp, Andy Turner, Fisher Miller, Dalton Arnett, David Ray, Abram Coleman, Tim Glover, Michael Perella, Caroline Wilson, Glenn Herlong, Ben Platte, Gunner Harris, Brandon Beck. Not Pictured: Allison Brinkley.

AIKEN, S.C. (July 14, 2022) — Summer interns and employees of Savannah River Mission Completion (SRMC), the liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS), demonstrated a Power As One attitude outside work through a recent community service project.

On June 24, 2022, eight SRMC summer interns, with the help of some full-time employees, worked together to build a new deck and wheelchair ramp for local resident as part of the United Way of Aiken County’s Project VISION, a program that focuses on aiding local community members.

Throughout the day, the group cut deck boards and removed the inaccessible set of stairs. They also placed, leveled, assembled, and screwed down pieces of the ramp.

“Volunteering with Project VISION was a new experience for me,” said Michael Perella, an intern working in the SRMC Quality Assurance group. “I have never built anything in my life, but with Project VISION, I got to experience what it is like to physically build something to better someone else’s life.”

As the day went on, the SRMC interns continued to spread the values SRMC lives by – safety, reliability, mutual respect, and continuous improvement. Working together as a team, the project was finished in a day, according to Allison Brinkley, SRMC Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist and Intern Program Coordinator.

“Project VISION offers invaluable opportunities for these interns to give their time, discover more about themselves, and experience how giving to others ultimately becomes a gift to themselves,” Brinkley said. “It never gets old seeing an intern realize the benefits of volunteering. Most importantly, this neighbor can now leave their home safely and easily thanks to this team effort.”

David Ray, an intern with the Talent Acquisition group, said his favorite part was watching the homeowners come out and see the ramp.

“They were so grateful and kind, which made all the hard work seem like nothing compared to how this would impact their lives,” he said.

SRMC interns and employees spent a day working with United Way of Aiken County’s Project VISION to build a ramp for an Aiken resident


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