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Community

Our good neighbor pledge: contribute to quality of life in Northern New Mexico through economic development, education excellence, and active employee engagement.

Community involvement and investment in Northern New Mexico

Los Alamos National Laboratory is an invested and involved member of the Northern New Mexico community, supporting a variety of economic development initiatives, educational programs and giving activities.

Economic development initiatives

Los Alamos National Laboratory is committed to investing and partnering in economic development initiatives and programs that have a positive impact to stimulate business growth that creates jobs and strengthens communities in Northern New Mexico. We partner with regional economic development organizations and business service providers.

In 2021, the Laboratory's efforts have produced the following impact:

  • 117 projects serving 174 with NM small businesses 
  • $25 million attracted in financing
  • 501 jobs created or retained
  • $17 million generated in salaries

In addition, new pipeline programs address critical skills for a growing workforce. 

Learn more about our economic and workforce development initiatives »

Learn more about the Laboratory's 2021 economic impact on New Mexico »

And learn about other related efforts on Small Business Procurement and the Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation.

Education programs

Los Alamos National Laboratory is committed to investing and partnering in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives that have a positive impact on student achievement and address community and regional workforce needs. The Laboratory encourages students and teachers to expand their horizons and achieve success in STEM education.

Highlights from 2021 include:

  • The Regional Partnership School program is in its fourth year with partners Pojoaque Valley School District and New Mexico Highlands University, providing teacher professional development, in-class support, an after-school program, and a summer math camp
  • Six Northern New Mexico teachers comprised the first-ever cohort to graduate with the new Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with an Emphasis in K-8 Mathematics Teacher Leadership from New Mexico Highlands University, a collaboration between the teachers, the University, and the Laboratory’s MSA program.
  • The Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Fund awarded $811,750 in scholarships awarded to Northern New Mexico students
  • 200 Lab employees volunteered 2,342 hours of time to nonprofit and educational organizations in Northern NM, impacting an estimated 2,620 students, teachers and community members
  • The Laboratory hosted a free two-week virtual Summer Physics Camp for Young Women for 21 high schoolers from 15 schools in the region and in Hawaii
  • Bradbury Science Museum’s educators brought creative hands-on activities for more than 400 kindergarten through sixth-grade students at six Española district elementary schools under the Bradbury Science Museum’s Summer Science on Wheels program

Learn more about our education programs »

 

Giving opportunities

The Laboratory is committed to giving back to the Northern New Mexico community. The Laboratory’s Community Partnerships Office manages giving programs that provide opportunities for Lab employees and retirees to make gifts of time, talent and money to improve the quality of life of our neighbors.

In 2021 employees donated:

  • $2.7 million to nonprofit organizations in the 2021 employee giving campaign
  • $370,000 to the Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for students from Northern New Mexico
  • 1,276 gifts kits for young people and senior citizens in need, and 1,000 winter clothing sets to shelters serving people facing homelessness or domestic violence, and young adults transitioning from foster care to independent living
  • More than 700 backpacks and supplies to the Back to School Drive
  • $41,000 to The Food Depot to help people in Northern New Mexico facing food insecurity.
  • The Laboratory organized 12 blood drives with 393 donors giving 469 units of blood, enough to save 1407 lives

Learn more about our giving opportunities »

 

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