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United Way of Northern Utah proudly selected Bechtel as its 2022 Corporate Partner of the Year. Based in Ogden, Bechtel’s small local workforce of around 180 “punches above its weight when it comes to supporting United Way’s charitable mission,” said Mandi Schill, UWNU’s director of corporate engagement. “Since our very first meeting with Bechtel, they have demonstrated that giving back to the community is woven into their company culture. Every employee with Bechtel has impressed me with their desire to make the world a better place.”
United Way honored Bechtel because the company’s employees pledged nearly $30,000 in donations through this October, with the company matching $32,000 in corporate funds. These contributions put Bechtel in the top five corporate donors supporting United Way of Northern Utah.
Bechtel’s ongoing “Year of Action” fundraisers also deserve recognition. They have supported families in need of food, newborn supplies, school supplies, and programs supporting STEM education. “We can always count on them to show up united, whether it’s running employee giving campaigns, drives to support families and students, or volunteering to serve meals at Catholic Community Services,” says Schill.
Bechtel also supports other nonprofits. “STEM education and assistance to veterans are really important to us,” said Brian Coombe, Bechtel’s Ogden project manager. “Our employees donated a total of $6,000 to Operation Hero.”
An Ogden-based nonprofit, Operation Hero aids the families of fallen service members and was responsible for the military boot display at Farmington’s Station Park; each boot represented a Utah service member killed on duty since 9/11. Other veteran’s groups Bechtel supported include the Major Brent Taylor Legacy Foundation, Operation Zero, Warrior Rizen, and Ogden’s American Legion Post #9.
Bechtel also supports Higher Orbits, a nonprofit STEM group that organizes the launch of student-designed experiments to the International Space Station. A two-day Higher Orbits “Go For Launch” program is planned for July 7-8 at Holland & Hart LLP’s conference facility in Salt Lake City.
A construction, engineering, and project management company, Bechtel has energy, infrastructure, and defense projects around the globe. The last Bechtel job in Utah was overseeing the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. The company’s office in Ogden, formed in the autumn of 2020, is attached to the Air Force’s new sentinel missile program, headquartered at Hill Air Force Base and under contract to Northrop Grumman. “This high-profile defense program is the reason Bechtel came back to Utah,” Coombe explained.
“Being part of this project here in Utah is an honor. It gives us the chance to help protect America and to work closely with United Way. Connecting and giving back are really important to us.”
That mindset has won over many local nonprofits, including United Way. “They truly have ‘yes’ in their hearts,” Schill said of the Bechtel employees. “Thank you to every single person at Bechtel. You are a shining example of what it means to ‘live united.”
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