|1/12/2018 2:33:00 PM|
More than $20,000 to be donated to United Fund of Jackson County
FBP’s Deneen Revel (left) shakes hands with Sandy Borden, president of the United Fund of Jackson County. The United Fund will receive $20,135.15 in donations from Portsmouth’s Employee Giving Campaign. Behind them is the Markay Cultural Arts Center, a historical icon of Jackson County that first opened in the 1930s. Thanks to donations from area agencies (including the United Fund of Jackson County), businesses, and individuals, the building has been restored. (Photo Courtesy of Michelle Teeters)
Energy, enthusiasm, and meeting needs in the community are three ways the United Fund of Jackson County is making a difference. They support 23 different agencies and serve Wellston, Jackson and Oak Hill. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization run by volunteers, money they raise stays in Jackson County. More than $20,000 will be donated to their cause from Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth's annual Employee Giving Campaign.
President Sandy Borden has been a United Fund volunteer for nearly a decade.
"We take care of everybody because it's all about taking care of the children, those in the middle, the elderly and giving back to the community. We support food pantries, the scouts, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, and recreation for the youth (i.e., baseball uniforms, fields, or whatever is needed)," Borden said.
"Through the kindness and generosity of FBP, we're able to make a difference by funding these agencies and giving back to Jackson County. The United Fund is a great agency. We're able to touch so many lives through the agencies and they make such an impact! The key is learning how to help, being able to network and being able to build better relationships."
Thanks to fundraising efforts, the United Fund is able to provide financial support to area food pantries which serve anywhere from 300-600 people. Even for 2017, some of the living conditions of residents is alarming.
"In one of the homes we visited to deliver a meal, we found a young boy sitting in the middle of his living room floor watching t.v.--the floor was dirt," Borden said. "There are a lot of starving people in Jackson County."
"I continue to be humbled by the generous nature of our employees," says Fluor-BWXT Project Director Dennis Carr. "While our mission at work is to safely cleanup this former DOE uranium enrichment plant, our mission in the community is to help agencies that improve the quality of life in this community. Sandy Borden of the United Fund of Jackson County is truly passionate in her fundraising efforts to help the needy in her county--and that kind of enthusiasm helps inspire our workforce throughout the campaign."
The United Fund of Jackson County has been in operation for about 25 years and is staffed by a group of 15 volunteers (five from Jackson, five from Oak Hill and five from Wellston). They support the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, CAPS (Community Assault Prevention Services), Simon Kenton Council (Boy Scouts of America), Food Pantry/Clothesline, Jackson County Board on Aging, Jackson County YMCA, COAD/RSVP of the Ohio Valley (providing volunteer opportunities), Recreation Commission of Oak Hill Booster Club, Seal of Ohio Girl Scouts Council, Serenity House (serving victims of domestic violence), Jackson County Recreation Department, Southern Hills Art, Habitat for Humanity, J-VAC Industries (assisting the developmentally disabled), Lillian Jones Museum, Jackson County 4-H Program/Advisory Council, Humane Society of Jackson County, Oaks United, Make Wellston Beautiful, Health Recovery Services (substance abuse treatment and prevention), My Brother's Place (food pantry and clothing store) and Jesus in the Hills (emergency food supplies).
Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) and BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) (NYSE: BWXT), two world-class companies with significant Ohio experience, formed Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC (FBP) to address the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) needs at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Portsmouth Site in Pike County, Ohio. CH2M, another global leader in industrial and environmental projects, provides support. Fluor-BWXT employs 1,900 workers who bring unparalleled experience, insights, and lessons learned from across the DOE complex. The Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth mandate is to clean up the Portsmouth Site safely and compliantly, provide strong uranium stewardship and partner with local communities to achieve a sustainable economic future. For more information, visit www.fbportsmouth.com.
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