LLNS announces recipients of $100,000 Community Gift Program for 2016

(Download Image) LLNL Director and LLNS President Bill Goldstein (first row, fourth from left) with recipients of the 2016 Lawrence Livermore National Security Community Gift Program. Photo by Carrie Martin/LLNL.

Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), the contract manager for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has announced the recipients for the 2016 LLNS Community Gift Program. These gifts, totaling $100,000, reflect LLNS' commitment to local communities.

LLNS received 81 applications totaling more than $680,000 in requests. Thirty-four applications were selected for awards totaling $100,000 through a committee review process. The majority of these awards serve children in the Tri-Valley area and Contra Costa and San Joaquin counties, with a focus on literacy, cultural arts and science, technology, engineering and math education. Other recipients focus their charitable efforts toward children, families, senior citizens and individuals in need of assistance.

Bill Goldstein, LLNS president and LLNL director, presented the awards during a reception at the LLNS office in downtown Livermore on Monday.

"I am honored to thank you, on behalf of LLNS and the Laboratory, for your commitment and your service to our community," Goldstein said. "It is sincerely appreciated."

Goldstein presented LLNS Community Gift Program awards to the following organizations:

  • Alameda County Foster Parent Association provides support services that allow foster children to have experiences that are afforded other children.
  • Assistance League of Amador Valley, Operation School Bell provides clothing, school supplies, mentoring and tutoring to underserved school children in the Tri-Valley.
  • Banta Elementary School encourages students to make a positive difference in the world and our environment.
  • Blind Babies Foundation, A Program of Junior Blind provides critical early childhood development services and support to children and their families.
  • California High School Engineering and Design Academy provides students with hands-on project-based learning in STEM fields.
  • Central Valley Youth Symphony offers support to young musicians, affording them the opportunity to learn how to play symphonic music.
  • Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland inspires and educates students of all ages about our planet and the universe.
  • Coalition of Tracy Citizens to Assist the Homeless offers services to improve the well-being of homeless people.
  • Discovery Bay Odyssey of the Mind, International Problem-Solving Competition delivers the opportunity for gifted students to think outside the box in technical and engineering fields.
  • Dublin San Ramon Women’s Club delivers youth, family and senior programs that strengthen the community, making it a better place to live.
  • Dublin Valley High School provides supportive, caring and alternative learning by engaging students in project-based learning.
  • Exceptional Needs Network offers a free overnight camp for special needs children at Livermore’s Camp Arroyo.
  • Faith Network of the East Bay, Science Horizons Program gives Oakland elementary students learning opportunities in STEM.
  • Fertile GroundWorks, Garden Lab Program teaches K-12 students how to grow nutritious food for themselves and others, including those in need.
  • Give Every Child A Chance delivers project-based learning activities that introduce youth to STEM-related fields.
  • Lammersville Unified School District, Altamont Elementary School prepares students with hands-on learning, placing amplified emphasis on STEM with their new science lab.
  • Las Positas College, Biotech Bootcamp exposes high school students to careers in biomedical science through hands-on biotechnology experiments.
  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Youth Eagles Aviation & Space Education advances educational attainment with Hispanic youth, emphasizing the STEM fundamentals.
  • Livermore High School Calculus Camp removes students from everyday distractions and immerses them in the study and review of calculus.
  • Livermore High School, Biotechnology Curriculum offers a rigorous course in which students explore concepts using modern equipment.
  • Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD), Girls Who Code Club teaches computer programming to middle and high school students after school.
  • LVJUSD, Junction Avenue K-8 Fifth Grade Science Camp provides an opportunity for students to study the valley water shed, history and ecosystems.
  • LVJUSD, Joe Mitchell K-8 inspires and supports students to be critical and reflective thinkers utilizing hands-on experiences.
  • LVJUSD, Granada High School Machine Tool Program teaches the skills necessary to safely program and operate computerized machinery.
  • Oakland Children’s Fairyland Inc., Science Alive! Teaches zoology and botany to underserved kindergarten and first grade students.
  • Pacific Chamber Orchestra, The Science of Music introduces elementary students to basic musical concepts within a themed program.
  • Pine Valley Middle School utilizes online tools and technology to provide a platform to help drive struggling students forward.
  • San Ramon Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW), Tech Trek advances equity for women and girls through hands-on activities in math, science and related fields.
  • The Livermore/Pleasanton/Dublin Branch of the AAUW, Tech Trek Summer Camp for Girls advances equity for women and girls through hands-on activities in math, science and related fields.
  • Tracy High School, Science Program enables students to become skilled users of biotechnology, utilizing modern tools for conducting scientific investigations.
  • Tri-Valley Conservancy, Discovery Program connects youth with nature and provides them with a meaningful outdoor experience.
  • Tri-Valley Haven, Food Pantry provides nourishment, creates homes safe from abuse and contributes to a more peaceful society.
  • Windemere Ranch Middle School, STEM Q&A: K-12 Science Trivia Program encourages students interested in STEM with a computerized trivia program and competition.
  • World of Wonders Science Museum compliments the education of young children through hands-on scientific discovery.

More information on LLNS and its Community Gift Program is available on the website.

LLNS manages Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. LLNS is comprised of: Bechtel, the largest project management contractor in the United States; the University of California, the world’s largest public research institution; BWXT Government Group, Inc. and AECOM, the top two DOE nuclear facilities contractors; and Battelle, a global leader in science and technology and technology commercialization. The team also includes Texas A&M University, which provides programs in homeland security and national security.