PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 21, 2011 – State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) and CH2M HILL Philadelphia today gave 40 area children new bikes for the holidays.  This is the second consecutive year Sen. Farnese and CH2M HILL have partnered to give new bikes to children participating in the Laura W. Waring School’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

“There is nothing better than making a child smile during the holidays,” said Sen. Farnese.  “And thanks to CH2M HILL Philadelphia and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Philadelphia 40 area children now have a safe, new bike that they can enjoy all year long.”

CH2M HILL staff members organize and participate in Bikes for Kids fundraising events throughout the year.  For the last seven years staff from CH2M HILL’s Philadelphia office has teamed with Philadelphia Neighborhood Bike Works to purchase, assemble and distribute bikes to area children.

“We are delighted to team with Senator Farnese this year to help brighten the holidays for some deserving children in Philadelphia.  A core element of CH2M HILL’s corporate culture is meaningful involvement in the communities in which our employees live and work, and we are grateful to the Senator for providing us with the opportunity to fulfill this important mission,” said Jed Campbell, Vice President for CH2M HILL Philadelphia.

Neighborhood Bike Works is a nonprofit educational organization in West Philadelphia that seeks to increase opportunities for urban youth through bicycling and shares CH2M HILL’s commitment to promote cycling as an environmentally-friendly means of transportation.

“We appreciate Senator Farnese’s support and the wonderful donation of 40 bicycles from CH2M HILL Philadelphia,” stated Ted Qualli, Vice President of External Affairs and Marketing for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania.  “Thanks to your generosity, there are a lot of kids who will now be able to go on a bike ride for the first time ever with their Big Brother or Big Sister.”

The 40 children who received the new bikes were selected by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Sen. Larry Farnese was elected to the Senate in 2008 to represent Pennsylvania’s First Senatorial District which contains some of Philadelphia’s most unique and vibrant neighborhoods from Port Richmond on the Delaware River to Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill River and South Philadelphia, Center City, the Navy Yard, Philadelphia International Airport.  Senator Farnese serves as the Democratic Chair of the Communications and Technology Committee.  He is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, Banking and Insurance Committee, the Law and Justice Committee and the Judiciary Committee.  His District Office is located at 1802 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA (ph: 215-952-3121) and his Harrisburg Office is located at 543 Main Capitol in Harrisburg, PA (ph: 717-787-5662).  More information about the Senator and his initiatives is available at www.senatorfarnese.com.

CH2M HILL is an employee-owned, global leader in providing engineering, construction, operations, and related technical services to public and private clients. Recognized as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” and a “Most Admired Company,” CH2M HILL has more than 30,000 employees in regional offices worldwide.  CH2M HILL has been providing the City of Philadelphia with engineering services for many years.  CH2M HILL staff members value the communities where they live and work, such as Philadelphia.  They show this commitment to the local community by organizing the annual Bikes for Kids program. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA is a donor and volunteer supported organization that enriches, encourages and empowers children to reach their highest potential through safe, one-to-one mentoring relationships. In Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, nearly 4,000 children annually are more successful socially and academically because of the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA. Learn more at 215.790.9200 or bbbssepa.org.

 

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