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Community Stewardship

Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass (BPBG), and its joint venture partners, is committed to supporting the Richmond-Madison County area by investing time and resources in community programs that improve education, safety, health care and the environment. We pledge to use corporate giving as well as the volunteer efforts of our project employees to make a lasting difference in our community. 

Through these efforts we have a story to tell-in fact, many stories to tell-how our efforts are making a difference. From teachers using BPBG grants for innovative science projects to veterans returning to school to needy children receiving toys at Christmas we are making a positive impact in the Richmond-Madison County area. Visit this page often to see and hear our stories. 

 

Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass Continues Support for Veterans Program at Eastern Kentucky University 
Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) is home to more than 1,200 veterans and their dependents. The university’s commitment to helping veterans further their education earned EKU a No. 3 ranking from Military Times EDGE magazine for 2016. Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass (BPBG) has been a proud supporter of EKU’s programs for veterans through participation in recruiting veterans for employment, participating in job fairs, sponsoring an annual luncheon to recognize women veterans, providing classroom presentations and in direct financial support.

Dr. Bryan Cole, director of EKU’s Department of Veterans Affairs, left, accepts a check from Ron Hink, BPBG project manager.

 

Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass Recognized by American Diabetes Association-Bluegrass
Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass (BPBG) was named the 2015 Corporate Partner of the Year by the American Diabetes Association-Bluegrass. BPBG and its employees raised nearly $10,500 in 2015 to support the association and its efforts to stop diabetes. Thirty million Americans live with diabetes, including more than 500,000 Kentuckians.

 

The award was presented at the association’s Kiss a Pig fundraising event in Lexington in November. Accepting the award are Amy Miller and Keith Slaughter.

 

 


Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass, employees donate four tons of food to Salvation Army

Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass (BPBG) and its employees replenished the Richmond Salvation Army’s food bank shelves in August, 2015, following a donation of food and money.

BPBG’s 1,400 employees collected four tons of food and more than $13,000 for the Salvation Army during a two-month campaign.

“We are fortunate to have been a part of Richmond since 2003 and are proud to have the opportunity to partner with the Salvation Army as it labors to meet the needs of those in our community,” said Doug Omichinski, BPBG project manager. “The overwhelming support of our employees affirms our desire to make a positive impact in Richmond.”

The leadership of the Richmond Salvation Army said they were amazed by the results of the BPBG food drive.

“I’ve been in some larger cities and I’ve never seen anything this dramatic in my life,” said Lt. Dakarai Darby, Richmond Salvation Army commanding officer. “I’m excited that there are people in this community that care enough about others in the community to give back at this magnitude. To me, it’s truly amazing.”


Doug Omichinski, Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass project manager, left, presents a corporate check to Lt. Dakarai Darby,
Richmond Salvation Army commanding officer, during a visit to the project office at the Richmond Mall.

 

 

Madison County Sheriff’s Office Recognized

On June 10, 2015 Madison County Sheriff Mike Coyle and his staff were recognized by Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass for their support of the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP). The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has provided vehicle escorts for more than 80 over-dimensional, modular units that have been delivered to the BGCAPP site since 2010. When assembled, these units make up buildings that house the lab and medical facility and also included large, stand-by generators.


Doug Omichinski, left, Project Manager for Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass, presents a recognition plaque to Madison County Sheriff Mike Coyle.

 

Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass      

Bechtel is partnering with Junior Achievement Worldwide to deliver programs to students around the world to achieve both local engagement and global impact through the “Bechtel Building Future Leaders” project. Middle school and high school students in the Madison County School District will benefit from JA classroom programs taught by local Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass volunteers who share JA’s impactful programs related to work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship.  The program is funded, in part, by a $25,000 Bechtel grant; read more about the grant to JA of the Bluegrass here: http://www.jalexington.org/pr/040715_Bechtolgrant.html

 

American Red Cross "Heroes Campaign"

           

Bechtel Parsons is proud to be a corporate partner of the American Red Cross (ARC) which helps thousands of people in the region by providing emergency disaster relief and training to respond to families in need.

In 2014, BPBG held its inaugural Heroes Campaign and raised more than $6,000 to support the ARC and its work throughout central Kentucky. In March, 2015, BPBG donated more than $15,000 for the Heroes Campaign with the funds targeted for purchasing smoke detectors for central Kentucky homes.

For more information on the Bluegrass Chapter of the ARC visit www.redcross.org/bluegrass

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass:

Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass is making a positive impact in central Kentucky through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass—part of a nationwide mentoring network to help children realize their potential and build their futures. Each year, BPBG works with community leaders to raise several thousand dollars in corporate and employee contributions that support Madison County Big Brothers and Big Sisters programs. These vital dollars are raised through a combination of its annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake event and employee initiatives.

In 2013, Bechtel Parsons was named the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ 2013 Madison County runner-up champion and in 2014 raised more than $6,600 in employee and corporate contributions. In 2015, that contribution leaped to more than $10,500.

Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass (BPBG) employees having fun during the 2015 Bowl for Kids’ Sake. BPBG raised more than $10,500 for the 2015 event.

 

Bechtel Parsons presents grants to Madison County Schools
Funds for innovative science, math and technology activities in classrooms 

Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass (BPBG) presented a $10,000 donation January 8, 2015, to the Madison County School District to fund innovative classroom activities focused on science, technology, and math. A dozen teachers from five different schools will share the funds from BPBG for activities to promote student-centered learning. 

In addition to the teacher grants BPBG also donated $3,000 for scholarships of $1,500 for one graduate each of Madison Central and Madison Southern high schools who plan to attend Eastern Kentucky University or Berea College. 

“At Bechtel Parsons, we are proud to support programs that promote innovation and continued education in science, technology, and mathematics,” said Rick Goetz, BPBG deputy project manager.


Madison County School Board Chairman John Lackey (far left) and Superintendent Elmer Thomas (far right) receive checks from BGCAPP Deputy Project Manager Rick Goetz and Assistant Project Manager Allison Respess

For more information on the Madison County Schools grant program, visit http://www.madison.k12.ky.us/News/62700.