Bechtel COVID-19 Relief Fund Assists Pueblo County Nonprofits

13 May 2020 PUEBLO, CO

Bechtel Group Foundation helps local agencies during global pandemic

United Way of Pueblo County and the Pueblo Cooperative Care Center are the recipients of a combined $50,000 from Bechtel Group Foundation as part of the philanthropy’s campaign to help local charities respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

United Way of Pueblo County (UWPC) will receive $40,000 and the Pueblo Cooperative Care Center will receive $10,000.

“I cannot emphasize enough how much this will help our emergency fund,” said UWPC President and CEO Shanna Farmer. “The needs in our community are great and I can promise these funds will be put to very good use.”

Corry Higbee, executive director of Pueblo Cooperative Care Center, said, “This level of support makes a tremendous difference to Pueblo County residents. In March of 2020, we started our Nutrition on Wheels (NOW) program, projecting to enroll 150 homebound seniors within the first year. Now, we are bringing healthy foods to over 325 homebound seniors in our communities and it is increasing daily.”

Bechtel Group Foundation will donate $3 million to communities across the world coping with the coronavirus pandemic, in partnership with the crowdfounding nonprofit GlobalGiving. The newly established Bechtel COVID-19 Relief Fund supports local nonprofit organizations that provide vital services to people in areas where Bechtel Corporation maintains offices and project sites.

“Bechtel is proud to partner with these outstanding charities to support the local community in this time of need,” said Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP) Project Manager Ken Harrawood. “These are among the first gifts distributed by the new Bechtel COVID-19 Relief Fund.”

About the Bechtel Pueblo team

The Bechtel Pueblo Team is under contract to the U.S. Department of Defense to design, build, test, operate and close PCAPP, which is neutralizing a stockpile of chemical weapons containing mustard agent at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot in Pueblo, Colo. Bechtel National is the prime contractor, with Amentum and Battelle as major teaming subcontractors.