The Lab’s annual giving campaign will run for another two weeks, and some changes we're making to it may help offset the almost 10 percent decrease in the number of LANL employees due to a voluntary separation that took place earlier this year. One of those changes is that Los Alamos National Security, LLC will fund all administrative costs for the program so that 100 percent of our employees’ contributions will go directly to the nonprofit organizations of their choice. An additional change is the appointment of 60 "champions" within Lab organizations so employees have ready access to representatives who can answer questions or provide other assistance to help them make a pledge. Some organizations are already holding special events and other fundraisers to help this campaign to be as robust as possible.
So far, more than $670,000 has been raised, which is well above what would normally be expected halfway through the campaign.
And next week, Lab employees will start donating to the annual food drive, held in partnership with the Food Depot, to help ensure that regional families can celebrate happy holidays with adequate and wholesome food.
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On November 10, Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity will hold a handmade greeting card class, and all the proceeds will go toward the organization’s work.
For $25, you can participate in a three-hour class on a Saturday morning and create five cards that will feature your own special touches. You’ll learn basic card-making techniques, including stamping, burnishing, coloring, designing, layering, and pop-up creation.
If you’ve ever wished to learn how to make greeting cards, and wanted a fun and interactive environment in which to try it, this is your opportunity.
For more information, or to sign up, go to http://www.santafehabitat.org/events/.
In 2009, the City of Carlsbad established a Veterans Memorial Park Committee. Now, a number of plaques and other memorials are being placed in the Park, and Lab employees working in Carlsbad decided that they wanted to show appreciation for regional veterans by purchasing and placing their own remembrance. On November 12, a dedication ceremony will recognize newly placed memorials in the Park, including one from LANL employees that says:
“Los Alamos National Laboratory Carlsbad Operations–In honor and constant remembrance of the commitment service and sacrifice of our Veterans from Carlsbad and Southeastern New Mexico”
The stone monument was purchased with funds raised through an auction and individual contributions from employees in the Lab’s Repository Sciences group.
For more information on the park, go to http://www.cityofcarlsbadnm.com/veterans.cfm.