Three local organizations are the recipients of a total of $50,000 donated by the Bechtel Group Foundation as a part of their philanthropy campaign to assist local charities' response to the coronavirus pandemic.

United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG) and the American Red Cross Bluegrass Area Chapter will receive $20,000 each, and God's Outreach - Madison County Food Bank will receive $10,000.

This gift is among one of the first from the Bechtel COVID-19 Relief Fund, which is donating $3 million to support local nonprofits that address urgent human needs in areas where the Bechtel Corporation has project and office sites.

Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass has a large presence as BPBG is under contract to the Program Executive Office, Assembled Weapons Alternatives (PEO ACWA), to design, build and operate the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) located inside the Blue Grass Army Depot.

"This gift is the largest disaster response in the Bechtel Group Foundation's 66-year history," said Bechtel Chairman and CEO Brendan Bechtel. "These gifts will help local nonprofit organizations respond to urgent needs such as food, emergency financial assistance, and physical and mental health services."

The three local charities were happy with the donation.

“This generous gift from Bechtel Group Foundation will provide direct response and basic needs support for countless central Kentucky families and individuals in need during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Timothy Johnson, president and CEO of UWBG. “We are so grateful for Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass’s leadership and partnership every day, but especially today when so many of our friends and neighbors need critical assistance.”

Joyce Gullett, hunger awareness coordinator for the God's Outreach-Madison County Food Bank said that Bechtel Parsons is a great partner who is always looking for a way to help and feed those in Madison County.

“We are honored, thankful and blessed to have been selected as one of the recipients of the COVID-19 Relief Fund," she said. "The money received from Bechtel will be used to purchase food and help God’s Outreach to continue to serve those in need in Madison County. Thank you again for believing in God’s Outreach mission of making sure no one goes to bed hungry due to a lack of food.”

A majority of the $3 million that is donated will be disbursed in partnership with the crowdfunding nonprofit GlobalGiving to communities in Australia, Canada, Chile, Egypt, India, Peru, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“Bechtel is proud to support these outstanding charities as they provide much needed human services in our local community during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Ron Hink, Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) project manager. “While our primary mission here is to destroy chemical weapons, we also recognize our responsibility to be engaged with our community especially during times of need.”

As of May 11, all of the 8-inch projectile GB nerve agent has been destroyed at the Blue Grass plant at the depot in Madison County.

In other coronavirus related news, the Madison County Health Department is reporting no new cases for the coronavirus as of Thursday afternoon. This bring the county's total number of cases to 43. Of those known cases, 36 are said to be recovered. There are no hospitalizations.

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