Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees, along with Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS), LLC, raised $3.8 million to distribute amongst charitable organizations for the second year in a row.
Employees pledged $2.8 million through payroll deduction via the Laboratory’s annual employee giving program, the Helping Others More Effectively (HOME) Campaign, now in its 43rd year. Through the campaign, employees donate to their favorite charities, selecting any 501(c)3 organization(s) in good standing in the United States. One hundred percent of the funds donated go directly to agencies that are selected by employees.
Donations are augmented through a $1 million match provided by LLNS, the organization that manages the Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration, increasing the contribution value to $3.8 million. The $1 million in matching funds are prorated across all the organizations selected by employees, and is dispersed along with the employee donation throughout the year.
Nearly 1,400 employees (21 percent) participated this year, to benefit 1,339 community/nonprofit agencies in the Tri-Valley, Greater Bay Area, San Joaquin County and beyond.
“This has been a devastating year with far too many natural disasters affecting so many,” said Bill Goldstein, LLNS president and director of the Laboratory. “Laboratory employees have shown time and again their commitment to helping others. Raising $3.8 million in charitable donations for the second year in a row is a testament to that. My sincere thanks to all those who contributed. Your kindness is appreciated and will undoubtedly provide comfort to those who need it most.”
Since 2009, the Lab's HOME Campaign, which runs from the last Thursday in October through the first Friday in December, has raised more than $3 million annually (including the annual LLNS $1 million match) with a total amount of more than $35 million overall raised in the last decade.
The HOME Campaign is one of the Tri-Valley's most generous annual charity drives and is a major community support activity for the Laboratory.