This holiday season, employees from across the nuclear security enterprise have found countless ways to make this time of year more cheerful by lending a helping hand to the less fortunate in their communities.
The following is a summary of some of those efforts:
Kansas City Plant
- Kansas City Plant (KCP) employees gave nearly $500,000 to local United Way agencies and others during the annual Employee Giving Campaign.
- KCP employees adopted 250 Angels and 12 Family and Senior Angels from the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. The program makes sure that no child is left without a gift on Christmas morning. KCP volunteers bought then delivered a mountain of toys, games and family meals valued at $10,000.
- KCP employees adopted an unprecedented number of homes to repair and refurbish in a single day – 21 Christmas in October homes were led by KCP crews this year. More than 400 employees volunteered to help Christmas in October; one of Honeywell’s Hometown Solution partners which works year-round to help with homes of economically challenged residents.
- KCP partnered with the Kansas City Police Department to make repairs to the Police Athletic League (PAL) community center in northeast Kansas City. The PAL facility is a large community center type facility with a gym. KCP volunteers worked with police officers and many of the children who go to the center to build walls to separate the weight area from the gym, built an office area for the boxing coach, installed handrails, improved access and safety, landscaped, cleaned, and painted. In one day KCP employees logged more than 1,000 hours and worked with 50 youth. The value of the community labor is more than $10,000. The event was culminated by a Proclamation from Mayor Funkhouser.
- KCP employees supported the Harvester's back pack program by supplying more than 200 volunteers to pack 8,271 meals during a 6-week pilot program to help ensure that children have food on the weekend. More than $13,000 was raised and donated during FY10.
- Honeywell FM&T presented a check for $10,000 in support of Coats for Kids to News Radio KMBZ 980 AM. Coats for Kids provides new and used coats to children in the Kansas City community who might otherwise not have one. KCP employees joined Honeywell FM&T by donating 100 coats to the cause as well.
- Honeywell FM&T donated $3,000 to support science education at Operation Breakthrough’s after school programs. The organization serves more than 600 children daily from low-income families in Kansas City’s urban core. KCP employees support the effort by serving as year-round volunteers.
- Honeywell FM&T donated $3,000 in support of Science Pioneer’s Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair. The group creates innovative educational activities that encourages the youth of Kansas City to understand and use science and critical thinking. KCP employees support the program by serving as judges and mentors at the science fair.
- Honeywell donated $3,000 to support the Missouri/Kansas Special Olympics. Employee volunteers managed the Special Olympics Softball tournament on July 31 and Soccer tournament on September 12. Overall 100 employees volunteered for more 700 hours to Special Olympics activities to cover various jobs on the field, as well as keeping score and presentation of the Awards Ceremony.
- KCP supported the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Bowl for Kids Sake (BFKS) charity bowling event in Kansas City and Albuquerque. Employees formed eight teams of 40 co-workers, family, and friends and collected more than $6,500 in donations. The donations support BBBS and the children of Kansas City and Albuquerque who need and want adult mentors in their lives.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
- Each year LLNL employees stage the grassroots Brighter Holiday campaign to support needy families in Alameda, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. This year lab personnel provided holiday gifts, food and money toward power and heating bills this winter to more than 81 local families.
- LLNL began its annual HOME Campaign more than 35 years ago to support charities in the Greater Bay Area during the holiday months. This year, employees raised $2.5 million.
Los Alamos National Laboratory
- Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) employees donated $1.6 million in this year's Employee Giving Campaign (formerly called the United Way giving campaign). Coupled with a prorated match of $1 million from Los Alamos National Security, LLC, it brings the total to $2.6 million.
- LANL employees participated in two phases of its annual holiday drive. Phase one was the food collection and Take a Turkey to Work Day. Lab employees donated 560 turkeys and enough nonperishable food items to fill 688 food baskets during the Feed the 500 initiative. In addition, employees donated enough nonperishable food items to fill 15 pallets (above and beyond the 688 food baskets. These items were distributed to partner agencies the day before Thanksgiving. Phase two is the holiday gift tags program. More than 1,400 holiday tags have been distributed to LANL employees to fill a child's wish during the holidays. The drive culminates in a holiday open house this Thursday, Dec. 16 at our Community Programs Office.
- For the second year, LANL participated in the Wreaths Across America program. More than 300 volunteers went to the Santa Fe National Cemetery (15 employees took part in a similar ceremony at Carlsbad cemeteries). Lab employees sponsored (the purchase of) 1,100 wreaths.
Nevada National Security Site
- NSTec employees pledged more than $350,000 to United Way of Southern Nevada, with a per capita of about $400.
- NSTec employees adopted 107 angels through Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, spending more than $4,800 on gifts for the children.
- Employees donated 181 bicycles and 27 barrels of toys for the local Marines’ Toys for Tots program.
- NSTec employees conducted a food drive for their own—offering non-perishable food items to employees that need a little assistance at this time, due to life altering circumstances (spouses/roommates losing jobs, unemployment within their households, additional family members moving into the home due to the economy).
- Navarro-Interra donated $1,000 to the “Adopt-a-Family-Program.”
- The final 2010 Nevada Site Office Combined Federal Campaign total was $39,102.22 which represents 97.76 percent of its goal of $40,000.
NNSA Service Center
- NNSA Service Center employees donated 12,963 pounds of non-perishable food items and essentials to Road Runner Food Bank during the 2010 FedsFeedFamilies food drive. In addition, employees donated 1,022 pounds of food to this year's Annual Special Emphasis Programs (SEP) Food Drive. Food was donated to the Roadrunner Food Bank, Albuquerque Indian Center, New Mexico Aids Services, and to three local families.
- NNSA Service Center participated in the eighth annual Take a Turkey to Work Day. NNSA Service Center and Sandia Site Office employees donated more than 26,000 pounds of turkey to Roadrunner Food Bank this year.
- NNSA Service Center employees collected 1165 pens, 2280 crayons, 767 pencils, 85 rulers and many other school supplies this year for various schools around the Albuquerque community.
- NNSA Service Center employees continue to tutor children and help judge at various science fairs in the Albuquerque community. A total of 55 employees helped at ten different local schools. In addition, employees raised $2,026 during the annual book sale for various schools this year.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory staff provides time and resources to help a variety of local organizations through the Team Battelle program throughout the year. During the 2010 fiscal year, more than 1,536 PNNL staff volunteered nearly 19,000 hours to 76 various community projects.
- In FY10, Battelle contributed $526,710 in corporate funds to Tri-Cities area philanthropic and civic organizations. This brought total corporate giving in the area since 1965 to $22.3 million.
- PNNL volunteers participated in the 13th annual “For the Love of Giving” campaign. PNNL staff donated gifts to 24 local nonprofit organizations. Volunteers sorted through and organized the donations that went to agencies serving children, the elderly, the disabled, the poor, the sick, the homeless, soldiers overseas and animals. More than $12,500 in monetary donations and more than 10,000 items were donated during the campaign.
- PNNL raised $9,789 and collected 18,371 can goods, for a total donation of 29,248 lbs. of non-perishable food items to local families in need as part of PNNL’s annual holiday food drive.
- PNNL employees participated in the local Coats for Kids program. This year 443 coats were delivered to 21 local schools in our community.
- The Pantex Christmas Project adopted 74 families with 243 children and 10 senior citizens to help this Christmas. All the families were hosted at a Christmas party. After the party, the families were presented with toys, special-request gifts, clothing and food donated by Pantex staff.
- B&W Pantex sponsored Thanksgiving dinner for the Hilltop Senior Citizens Center. Fruit and other food items were also donated to the Senior Center for their annual distribution of Christmas baskets for elderly shut-ins. • B&W Pantex provided gifts for Santa to deliver to children who are residents of Martha’s Home. Martha’s Home provides housing for homeless women and children.
- B&W Pantex was a sponsor of the “Together We Can” food drive for the High Plains Food Bank. Approximately 20,000 pounds of food were collected. B&W Pantex representatives staffed a collection location outside a local grocery store.
- Contributions to Combined Federal Campaign were $35,853. Nineteen employees recognized at leadership giving level (>$1000 per year); 65 out of 80 employees participated by pledges or event participation.
- B&W Pantex employees pledged more than $611,000 to the area’s 2010 United Way campaign. B&W Pantex leadership givers totaled 285.
Sandia National Laboratories
- Sandia employees and retirees donated more than $4.2 million to the United Way of Central New Mexico with more than 70 percent of employees participating in Sandia's Employee Caring Program (ECP). Sandia has been the No. 1 donor to the United Way since its inception more than 50 years ago. Final numbers will be revealed in February.
- More than 500 local elementary school children will be fitted with new shoes this year courtesy of Sandia's Shoes for Kids program, which raised more than $13,000. More than 12,000 children have received shoes since the program began more than 54 years ago.
- In November Sandia Office Professionals’ Quality Council (OPQC) teamed with Sandia’s Community Involvement Dept. and collected 237 turkeys and 69,478 pounds of food for Albuquerque’s Roadrunner Food Bank’s holiday food drive.
- Sandia employees donated 489 toys to children in the care of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. The department serves and supports children and families, and supervises youth in a responsive, community-based system of care.
Savannah River Site (SRS)
- In 2010 Savannah River Site contributed $147,745.46 to the annual Combined Federal Campaign.
- The 2010 SRS Employee United Way Campaign raised more than $2 million from workers employed by the site’s two primary contractors, exceeding this year’s goal. This brings the total to more than $55 million in donations at SRS after 53 consecutive years of donating to United Way.
- SRS employees are celebrating 20 years of supporting the Marine Toys for Tots campaign with the collection of more than 13,000 toys in 2010 and more than 215,000 toys since the start of the SRS Toys for Tots Program in 1991. The event is sponsored by SRS construction employees with the support and participation of the Department of Energy-Savannah River; National Nuclear Security Administration-Savannah River; Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC; Savannah River Remediation; WSI Savannah River Site Team; Parsons; The Augusta Building and Construction Trade Council; Tyler Construction, Baker Concrete and Stone Ridge Construction.
- For the tenth year, construction employees also sponsored the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, enabling SRS employees to adopt 300 area children. Many SRS employees chose to give more than 3,200 clothing and accessory items to Angel Tree recipients.
- Representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Operations Office at the SRS recently delivered the sixth and final truckload of food and non perishables to the Golden Harvest Food Bank. The 335 federal employees at SRS donated 66,292 pounds of goods in just more than 30 days to feed the needy in Georgia and South Carolina.
- The annual Combined Federal Campaign has concluded with a significant increase in donations by Y-12 Site Office (YSO) employees. YSO employees donated almost $53,000, which represents an $11,470 increase over the 2009 campaign.
- This year B&W Y 12 will donate 1,000 baking hens to The Second Harvest Food Bank to be included in Christmas baskets being distributed through their partner agencies in the 18-county region. Bill Reis, B&W Y 12 Vice President for Program Management and Business Development, said “Small gifts make a huge impact on families served by Second Harvest Food Bank, especially during the holidays.” Each donation Second Harvest collects means that numerous recipients will be given the basic food items we take for granted.
- The Y-12 Employees Society (YES) Angel Tree Program provided toys and clothing for 700 children in five surrounding counties: Anderson, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan and Scott. This is the largest number of children helped by the project in its 8 year history.
- Through the generous donations of B&W Y-12 employees, partnering for the first year with SCI and SAIC employees, many people in East Tennessee will be a little warmer this winter. The project team delivered 1,097 items including coats, sweatshirts, sweatpants, sweaters, gloves, scarves, and toboggans to the Volunteer Ministry Center in Knoxville, along with a contribution of $575 from employees.
- B&W Y-12 sponsored a holiday party for the soldiers and family of the 278th. This celebration was a culmination of efforts by employees that began more than a year ago, which included bringing the soldiers home from Camp Shelby, Miss., for the holidays in 2009 and supporting the families during the soldiers’ deployment.