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Vit Plant gives back to community in 2017

Employee and corporate contributions total nearly $800,000

Hanford Vit Plant employees, together with Bechtel and AECOM, donated nearly $800,000 to Tri-Cities area charitable organizations and programs in 2017.

Employee donations in 2017 included $400,000 to the United Way of Benton-Franklin Counties, $28,000 to Second Harvest, and $24,000 to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots campaign. Additional support went to the March of Dimes, Junior Achievement, and the Giving Tree program that benefits children in foster care.

The giving includes nearly $300,000 in corporate contributions by Bechtel and AECOM.

“We are extremely proud of our employees and their commitment to give back to the communities where they work,” Staci West, Bechtel Communications manager at the Vit Plant, said. “Every year, they come forward and give generously, both with their time and money, to help ensure we live in a community we can be proud of.”

Vit Plant employees also volunteered thousands of hours throughout the community. They participated in activities, such as sorting food at the Second Harvest distribution center, teaching Junior Achievement classes, donating blood to the American Red Cross, and participating in DiscoverE and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math programs.

About Bechtel

Bechtel is designing and building the world’s largest radioactive waste treatment plant for the U.S. Department of Energy at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington state. The Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, also known as the Vit Plant, will immobilize the millions of gallons of radioactive liquid waste stored in 177 underground tanks using a process called vitrification. Visit

About AECOM 

AECOM designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. Projects range from high-performance buildings and infrastructure, resilient communities and environments, and supporting stable and secure nations. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm.