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Fluor-BWXT Employee Giving Campaign Supports Pike County Community Fund

PIKETON, Ohio – Several years ago, Pike County’s United Way office was replaced by the Pike County Community Fund, Inc. As a charitable organization composed entirely of volunteers, they are able to share 99 percent of the funds they receive with the community. More than $54,000 from Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth’s 2017 Employee Giving Campaign will be donated to PCCF, which includes $34,000 in designated funds. The proceeds will stay in Pike County.

From left, FBP’s Deneen Revel, Amy Clemmons (PCCF treasurer) and PCCF President Bruce Colburn. Photo credit: Michelle Teeters

So what happens to the other 1 percent? It’s used to pay for the post office box where PCCF volunteers receive donations and paperwork and the rest of that 1 percent helps pay an accountant to do their year-end taxes.

PCCF assists several 501(c)(3) charities in Pike County, including the Meals for Seniors program (through Community Action at the senior center), the Community Action Transit System (CATS) which provides low-cost transportation in Pike County, the Outreach Center (i.e., Bridgehaven/Homeless Shelter/Food Bank), Big Brothers Big Sisters, Pike Heritage Society, Pike Pet Pals, Elizabeth’s Hope, Pike County YMCA, Pike Partnership Domestic Violence, the Next Chapter, and the American Red Cross.

PCCF President Bruce Colburn said more organizations have been added to the ones they support.

“We added more this year, so we are up to 13 or 14 charitable organizations/501(c)(3)s that we support. The new ones are Pike Pet Pals, the Christmas Gifts for Children program and the Next Chapter (for the future library),” Colburn said.

“Ultimately, what we want to do is make sure that we get our organizations supported through the grants that we give. We want to make sure that we’re helping everyone in the best way we can and make the biggest impact with all of our charitable organizations within the county.”

Amy Clemmons, who has volunteered as PCCF’s treasurer since 2008, explains why and how the PCCF funds particular charities.

“Ninety-nine percent of the funds that are raised go back to the community. We’re all volunteers, we all do this on our own time and we have other jobs. We just do that for the love of Pike County,” Clemmons said.

“Anyone who is a 501(c)(3) can apply,” Clemmons said. “Then, we have board members who look at the need, based on the application and the amount of people that the charity serves. We, together as the board, decide how much we have to give away and how much, based on their application, and the funds they’re requesting, to determine how much we can provide.”

The PCCF receives most of their funds from their father-daughter dance and also from the plant’s annual Employee Giving Campaign. The dance, which is held every November at the Pike County YMCA, is open to children of all ages and uncles, grandparents, or anyone who is a male role model.

“It’s a chance for fathers to bring their daughters to a dance and spend time with them so they can enjoy each other’s company and have a good time,” Colburn said. “At the same time, they also get to spend it with their friends who come from all over Pike County--Beaver, Waverly, Piketon, Western and Eastern. The event has grown each year. This is our third year and we actually hit our maximum number of people we were allowed to have for the first time (with more than 200 people). Normally, it brings in about $3,000 for us.”

Members of PCCF include just a small number of volunteers, Colburn, Clemmons, Jody Beery and Robin Foill.

“The generosity of the people who work at the plant is absolutely amazing,” Colburn said.

“The A-plant, is by far, is our largest donor and we thank them,” Clemmons said.

"Thanks to the generosity of our employees and with help from the Fluor Foundation we are able to give back in a meaningful way to those in need right here in our community," Fluor-BWXT Project Director Dennis Carr said.   "The Pike County Community Fund does an outstanding job of getting the most out of our contributions and putting the resources where they are needed.   We are fortunate to have a community asset like the Community Fund and terrific leaders like Bruce and Amy and their volunteer team."  
Anyone interested in becoming a PCCF volunteer is encouraged to contact Colburn or Clemmons by email at pikeccfund@gmail.com or by phone at 740-708-1891 or 740-708-1336.

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.