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March 2012

Calling All Nonprofit Organizations

Do Lab employees or retirees volunteer for your nonprofit organization? If so, and they provided 100 or more volunteer hours last year, it could translate into money for your organization. Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the Lab’s corporate manager, will contribute between $100 to $500 to eligible nonprofit organizations, depending on the total number of volunteer hours our employees and retirees logged in VolunteerMatch for 2011.

Now is a good time for them to enter their time into the VolunteerMatch database. The hours need to be entered by March 16 to qualify for the program. The monies will be distributed in conjunction with the Fifth Annual LANL Vecinos Volunteer Recognition event scheduled for June 27.

During the last four years, the 700,000 volunteer hours logged into the system have resulted in more than $375,000 distributed to the nonprofit organizations our employees and retirees sustain.

For more information, contact the Lab’s Community Programs Office at 665-4400 or send an email to volunteermatch@lanl.gov.

United Way of Santa Fe Calls on Businesses to Be “Education Heros”

The United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC) is encouraging businesses to support education efforts and share stories of their endeavors with others. The “Education Hero” program provides information on what employers can do, including helping their employees taking time to support their own children’s education, hosting book collection drives, and being guest speakers in schools. Participation in the program means employers can display their support with “Education Hero” window or cash register notices or add the program’s seal to the company’s web pages.

Other participation acknowledgements will include a full-page ad in the Santa Fe New Mexican and web sites such as the Santa Fe Public Schools, Partners in Education, the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, and UWSFC.

For more information on the program, go to the UWSFC web page at http://www.uwsfc.org/education-hero.

Help Big Brothers Big Sisters and Have a “Bowl”

Beginning in mid-April, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico will hold its annual “Bowl for Kids' Sake” event. This activity helps fund its work supporting children in the region who could use adult mentors. Team captains, bowlers, and contributors are all needed to help make this year’s event a success. Bowl for Kids' Sake is the nonprofit organization’s largest “fun-raising” and awareness celebration of the year.

Last year, the organization matched more than 700 children with caring adults. This year, its goal is to find mentors for more than 800 children by the end of the year. Is the time spent mentoring worthwhile? Statistics show that 81% of former “littles” surveyed agreed their “bigs” gave them hope and changed their perspective of what they thought possible.

Saturday, April 14
Strike Gold Lanes, Pojoaque, 3:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 15
Strike Gold Lanes, Pojoaque, 1:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 21
Strike Gold Lanes, Pojoaque, 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 22
Wii Bowl at 
The Historic Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 28
Gal-A-Bowl in Gallup, 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

For more information on the event and to volunteer, go to http://www.bbbsnorthernnm.org/site/c.bkLVKiOSLeK4E/b.6499637/k.BF43/Bowl_For_Kids_Sake.htm.

Donate Your Used Books to Habitat for Humanity in Santa Fe

The Habitat for Humanity in Santa Fe is now accepting used books in good condition. They’ll also continue to take new and used furniture.

These items will be sold at its Santa Fe ReStore, where the proceeds will help fund the organization’s work.

In other exciting Habitat news:

Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012, and on February 3 it commemorated its 600th Habitat house in New Mexico with the help of Governor Susana Martinez.

If you are a Santa Fe resident, you can also borrow various tools for up to a week to work on your own home-improvement projects for an annual membership cost of only $10. For more information on this program, go to http://www.santaferestore.org/tll.html.

For lots more information on the organization’s programs and how you can help, go to http://www.santafehabitat.org/.

Got a Spare Pair? (Of Shoes, That Is) Donate Them!

Soles4Souls began in 2004 as a way to get shoes to those affected by a tsunami that hit Southeast Asia. Since then, the organization has expanded its collection points in all 50 states and distributes the shoes to children and adults throughout the world. That’s 17 million pairs so far!

You can help these efforts by simply dropping off a pair of shoes at a local collection point. The shoes should be new to gently worn. They can be any type of shoe, from high tops to high heels. All types of shoes are needed by someone, somewhere in every color and size.

Currently, the only collection point in Northern New Mexico is at the CB Fox store in Los Alamos. You can drop off the shoes you wish to donate in the store’s shoe department. The folks who have to do the sorting would appreciate you matching the shoes with laces or rubber bands, or even within a shopping bag.

Have you somehow ended up with a stray shoe without a mate? As long as it’s in good shape, they’ll take that too. With enough shoes donated, they’ll probably find a match. Talk about finding a solemate!

You can drop the shoes off during CB Fox’s regular store hours at 1735 Central Avenue, Los Alamos. CB Fox is currently covering the cost to ship the shoes to the Soles4Soles’ distribution center.

For more information on the program, to find alternative drop-off locations, or to support the program with a drop-off point at your business, go to http://www.soles4souls.org/.

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