CLINTON, Ill. (Aug. 4, 2009) - Clinton Power Station's nine summer interns undertook challenging assignments to help make the plant better this summer, but they also wanted to leave their mark in the community. Through their efforts, the Clinton interns are donating 30 grocery bags of canned food to the Clinton DOVE office and making a donation for needed repairs to the gym ceiling at the Clinton YMCA.
"Our shelves were nearly bare, and we are absolutely thrilled that the interns at Clinton Power Station undertook this project to help put food on the table for people who are struggling in the current economy," said Sharon Harlow, director of DOVE. "The station has been a strong supporter of our needs and we appreciate their generosity."
The Clinton interns' "penny war" resulted in $2,544 going to the YMCA. The penny war was constructed to be a friendly intra-departmental competition. The object was to get as many points as possible during the "war" in which only pennies count as positive points. All other change counted as negative points, so a team had to strategize to collect the most pennies in their jar and "war" against the other teams by adding silver coins and bills to their jars.
"I really want to thank the Clinton Power Station interns and the employees who went to â€˜war' for us to help make desperately needed improvements for the ceiling in our gym," said Jann Martin, YMCA executive director. "Many area residents use the YMCA and we appreciate the interns undertaking this initiative to help make the Y a better place for the community."
"Clinton Power Station has a strong history of supporting the communities around the station and I am proud that the interns included community outreach projects in their learning opportunities this summer," said Russ Kearney, site vice president. "This commitment speaks well of our current as well as our future employees in nuclear energy."
Clinton Power Station has donated more than $32,000 in 2009 to area organizations.