Bechtel Group Foundation gives $50,000 to East Tennessee Foundation for COVID-19 response

Donation adds to Y-12 contractor’s $100,000 contribution

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.– Bechtel Group Foundation is donating $50,000 to the East Tennessee Foundation’s Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund (N2N). ETF established the fund to help nonprofit organizations meet critical needs, particularly for low-income families. Bechtel Group Foundation’s contribution adds to the recent $100,000 donation from Y-12 contractor Consolidated Nuclear Security to the N2N fund.

The donation is part of Bechtel Group Foundation’s new $3 million Bechtel COVID-19 Relief Fund, which was established in May to meet urgent human needs in communities across the world where Bechtel employees live and work.

Bechtel National, Inc. is the lead member of Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, which manages and operates the Y-12 National Security Complex and construction of the Uranium Processing Facility for the National Nuclear Security Administration. Bechtel also has a corporate office in Oak Ridge.

“Bechtel has been part of the Oak Ridge and Knoxville community for many years,” said Y-12 Site Manager Bill Tindal. “We at Y-12 are dedicated to delivering for the nation and for our community. We appreciate the additional support from Bechtel Group Foundation to support area families—our friends and neighbors—during this pandemic.” 

“East Tennessee Foundation is grateful to Bechtel Group Foundation for this generous gift to our Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund. It will allow us to continue to assist so many East Tennessee charitable organizations who are in need due to the impact of COVID-19,” said East Tennessee Foundation President & CEO Mike McClamroch.

To date, ETF has raised $1 million for N2N, with more than 30 grants being awarded in response to the COVID-19 crisis. These grants are being awarded on a weekly basis as the Foundation expedites its funding to support nonprofits and the people they serve. The grants from N2N are designated to help nonprofit organizations meet critical needs (food and medical supplies), services (utilities and rent/mortgage payments), and supplies (personal care items), particularly for low-income families. 

The support for ETF’s Neighbor to Neighbor fund came from the Bechtel COVID-19 Relief Fund’s first round of grants, which totaled $750,000 and went to charities in 11 states. A second round of grants, totaling more than $2 million, will be donated through Bechtel Group Foundation partner GlobalGiving to charities in Australia, Canada, Chile, Egypt, India, Peru, United Kingdom, and other U.S. locations.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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