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December 2012/January 2013

New Record for Employee Giving Campaign

The Lab’s annual employee giving campaign broke two records this year. First, employee contributions totaled more than $2.1 million, surpassing last year's $1.8 million by $300,000. A second record was broken for the Lab’s overall participation rate, which increased from 11 percent to 21 percent.

Paul Henry, Principal Associate Director for Capital Projects and the Lab’s Employee Giving Champion this year, attributes the increases to the following factors:

  • Direct involvement by top management
  • The Laboratory Director’s initiative to have Los Alamos National Security, LLC cover administrative fees collected by distribution organizations
  • The commitment of division-level champions (new this year)
  • An increase in special events and presentations hosted by Lab organizations
  • Campaign communications across the Lab, as well as local initiatives such as videos and new posters
  • The generosity of Lab employees.

For further information on the campaign, contact the Community Programs Office at (505) 665-4400.

Gift Tag Drive Benefits Local Children and Seniors

Each year, Lab employees and contractors work to make the holidays brighter for local children and seniors through its Holiday Gift Tag drive.

Individuals identified through regional nonprofit social-welfare organizations indicate what presents might make their holidays happier, and that information is transcribed onto gift tags. Those tags, in turn, are distributed to groups and individuals within the Lab who want to make those gift wishes come true.

While requests to participate in the program are still coming in, it is already expected that more than 850 presents will be distributed this year.

Some of the organizations partnering for the drive include the State of New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department, Boys and Girls Club Del Norte, Wings for Hope, and the Espanola Valley Toy Run.

For more information on the drive, contact Ed Vigil with the Lab’s Community Programs Office at (505) 665-4400 or edvigil@lanl.gov.

Helping Make the Holidays Happier

This year’s LANL food drive collected enough donations to provide 11,600 meals for those in need. The contributions by Lab employees and contractors included 164 turkeys that added up to a total of 8,700 pounds of food.

The Laboratory employees' and contractors' food donations were distributed through The Food Depot and employees and contractors were also encouraged to give through Smith’s Food and Drug and its “Bringing Hope to the Table” campaign.

With the help of Del Norte Credit Union and The Food Depot, partnerships are being put in place to help feed the hungry all year.

For more information on The Food Depot, go to http://www.thefooddepot.org/.
For more information on Del Norte Credit Union, go to https://www.dncu.org/.

For more information on the Lab’s food drives, contact Ed Vigil with the Lab’s Community Programs Office at (505) 665-4400 or edvigil@lanl.gov.

Assets in Action Community Award Nominations Open Until December 17

If you know people who support building a strong community for youth in Los Alamos, you have until December 17 to nominate them for an Assets in Action Community Award. Nominees do not have to live in Los Alamos County.

“You can recognize good deeds via the web in just a few minutes,” said Assets in Action Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen. “You can submit a nomination to recognize the people, groups, and businesses that are contributing to building a strong community for our youth and for all of us. There is no limit to the number of nominations people can make."

Award winners and nominees will be celebrated at an event on Saturday, January 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos. If you would like to attend the ceremony, the $10 tickets must be obtained in advance by calling (505) 661-4846.

For more information or to access the nomination form, go to http://losalamoschamber.com/assets-in-action-community-awards.htm.

Big Brothers Needed in Northern New Mexico

If you can spare one lunch hour per week for a year, you can make a real difference in the life of a child through the “Lunch Buddies” program operated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico. Research reveals that having a “Big” can have a positive, long-term influence on the children ages five through 18 who participate. For instance, 67 percent of former “Littles” agreed their Big played a role in their decision to attend college. Currently, the organization is experiencing a shortage of male “buddies.” Perhaps you, or someone you know, could reap huge emotional returns from a small investment of time.

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to identify children who need the most support, including those living in single-parent homes, growing up in poverty or coping with parental incarceration. Having same-gender support for youngsters is as simple as getting together and having fun! Have an interest you’d like to share with a child? Is your hobby photography, soccer, or gardening? The organization stands ready to match you and your interests with a child who is waiting for a caring, interested adult. Children are waiting for your help in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, and Santa Fe counties.

If you have more time to give, say four to six hours a month, you can help through the organization’s “community-based” program where you and your little spend time together outside of a school setting. It’s something to think about.

Of course, Big Brothers Big Sisters is always there behind the scenes ready to supply support for everything from training through ongoing guidance for both you and your Little as needed.

Need more inspiration to volunteer? Go to http://www.bbbsnorthernnm.org/site/c.bkLVKiOSLeK4E/b.6499391/k.EF3D/Home_Page.htm.

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