Bell believes in being a good neighbor and partner and giving back to the communities that we work in through the donation of our time and our talent.
BELL RECOGNIZED FOR COMMITMENT TO CCTC’s WELDING PROGRAM
Bell Constructors, LLC’s South Carolina Division, recently received a letter of appreciation from Brent Russell, Dean of the Industrial & Engineering Technology Division at Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) for Bell’s support of the college’s welding program.
In 2014 Bell approached the Dean of CCTC’s Industrial & Engineering Technology Division with the goal of establishing a relationship with the college that would help grow the pool of qualified welders in the region. Bell’s goal aligned with and supported Dean Russell’s objective of seeking ways to strengthen the program’s ties to the community, creating hands-on learning opportunities and job placement assistance for CCTC’s highly trained welding students. Forging a partnership with one of the most well-known mechanical construction companies on the east coast would increase the college’s available mentorship and improve job prospects for CCTC graduates.
The partnership has proven valuable for everyone involved - Students, Central Carolina Technical College, and Bell have all benefitted significantly from joining forces:
- CCTC’s welding program is strengthened by bringing in some of Bell’s most experienced, talented Superintendents and Foremen to give hands-on welding demonstrations, monitor current welding procedures, and give constructive feedback on the program, welding process and classroom setting
- Bell’s involvement with CCTC’s welding program makes qualified, committed mentors accessible to students: Students develop professional relationships with people who can – and will – help them advance their careers
- Bell has donated tons of excess steel pipe and fittings to the CCTC Welding program that students use to practice welding techniques and produce projects for their courses
- Bell has hired numerous graduates from the CCTC welding program, and is confident that this partnership will continue to be instrumental in the growth of a qualified, competent local workforce that can support the thriving construction industry in South Carolina.
The Bell Company Supports the 2016 United Way Campaign
Bell Constructors, LLC - Charleston Helps USC Gamecocks Construct ATV for National Competition
Gamecock Motorsports from the University of South Carolina teamed up with Bell Constructors, LLC - Charleston Office to assist in the construction of their 2016 entry into the Society of Automotive Engineering Mini Baja car. This student design competition challenges engineers to follow the SAE Mini-Baja Design guidelines and fabricate an all-terrain vehicle. Each vehicle component is assigned to a team member as a senior design project. These components consist of Design, Suspension, Driver Interface, Steering, Braking and Transmission Design. With the help from Brain Honig, John Partlow, Chris Shuey and Mark McAdams the team was able to build a rolling chassis with completion of all major components 3 weeks prior to race day.
The team was very appreciative of Bell's assistance and use of the fab shop for the effort: “Gamecock Motorsports from the University of South Carolina would like to thank Bell Constructors, LLC with the assistance and mentoring in the fabrication of our 2016 entry into the Society of Automotive Engineering Mini-Baja competition. Over the past three months the teamwork and commitment from both organizations allowed us to construct, fabricate and assemble our Baja car meeting tight time, budget and design guideline constraints. The Gamecock Motorsports team members all had solid senior design projects going into fabrication; however it was your assistance that helped us pull it all together. Once again thanks and we look forward to the potential of teaming up again in the future.”
Richmond Winter Care Package Collection
To help make the holidays brighter for those in need, Bell BCI Company, LLC partnered with the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) - Virginia Chapter to provide Winter Care Packages for local needy children who may not have enough to eat during their winter break. Bell employees in our Richmond office collected canned and pantry food items, treats, stickers, activity books, Christmas pencils, hats and gloves and other necessities worth approximately $200 and delivered the packages to ABC for distribution to the local school district. These contributions will help feed approximately a dozen children or more for a week. Children who qualify for reduced price or free school lunches will receive care packages on the last day of school before Winter Break to share with their families.
Pictured here are Paul W. Stiles, Melissa Leonard, and Tim McGarvey, three of several Bell employees who helped make this event a success. Melissa Leonard and Phil Hull also attended the ABC Holiday Party and Casino Night, where attendees donated additional items to support the Winter Care Package initiative.
Free to Breathe 5th Annual Lung Cancer 5K Run / Walk
Employees and family members of The Bell Company’s Richmond, VA office came out to support the Free to Breathe organization by participating and volunteering at the 5th Annual Lung Cancer 5K Run / Walk event on April 25th, 2015. The Bell Company team completed the 5K event, distributed bottled water for race participants and supporters, and also made a monetary donation directly to Free to Breathe. We would like to thank the Bell team and members of the Richmond community who helped raise money and awareness for this deserving cause.
Free to Breathe is partnership of lung cancer survivors, advocates, researchers, healthcare professionals and industry leaders who are united in the belief that every person with lung cancer deserves a cure. Their focus is on funding research, increasing the number of lung cancer patients participating in clinical trials, and empowering the lung cancer community. One of the organization’s goals is to double lung cancer survival by 2022. Fundraising for the Richmond event will remain open through June 9, 2015. Please visit www.freetobreathe.org for more information or to make a donation.
Out Run the Sun 5K Race Against Melanoma
The Bell Company successfully out ran (and out walked) the sun in a race against Melanoma. With our sponsorship and employee participation, they were able to raise about $24,000 for skin cancer education and research. The funds raised by our community stay in our community and will be donated to the University of Rochester Medical Center to be used as Seed Grants for Melanoma research.
Bell is always proud and honored to support worthy causes especially ones that benefit our friends, family, and community but our involvement in Outrun the Sun comes from an unfortunate beginning. The Bell family lost a great man, a boss, a friend, a husband, and a father when we lost Tom Bell to Melanoma. Since then, his family has been involved with the fight against Melanoma and have helped to establish the Rochester Melanoma Action Chapter which brings awareness and education about Melanoma as well as raises funds in the Rochester area for medical research in the battle against this growing cancer. The Melanoma Action Group is a licensee of the national organization Outrun the Sun, Inc.
Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation
Bell is a proud sponsor of the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation which supports the MARSS Program (Mentoring and Reading Student to Student). This program matches elementary school students with high school students. The elementary school students enhance their reading skills, expand knowledge, increase vocabulary and delveop relationships with role models. The high schoolers obtain service learning experience, a small stipend, donation to a scholarship fund for each semester of participation and a gratification that only mentoring can bring.
2013 JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge
On May 21, employees from Bell’s Rochester Office participated in the annual JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge, which is a 5K (3.5 mile) run, with donations benefiting the YMCA of Rochester’s “Send a Kid to Camp Program”. This local community event drew 11,000 runners representing 460 companies including “Our Bell Team” from around the Rochester area.
What began as a hot humid night quickly turned in to a cold wet night and Bell persevered and stuck it out. The corporate challenge is all about the idea of company team-building, camaraderie, and competition. We accomplished all of that together as a team while supporting a very worthwhile local program which enables children that live in low-income communities to get away from the hot, noisy city streets and enjoy quality day camp experiences in the country.