LIVERMORE, Calif. -- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees and their employer have raised more than $2.4 million to give to their surrounding communities.
Laboratory employees pledged more than $1.4 million to the HOME Campaign (for Helping Others More Effectively) - an annual charitable drive that benefits community/nonprofit agencies in the Tri Valley, San Joaquin Valley and Greater Bay Area. In addition, Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, which manages the Lab, announced it would donate $1 million in matching funds.
The total contribution, $2,407,436, represents the largest amount ever raised in more than 30 years of conducting the HOME Campaign.
"I'm honored by the generosity and commitment of our employees," said George Miller, LLNS president and director of the Laboratory. "Over the years, local non-profits have benefited greatly from the generosity of our employees, who take great pride in their communities and are quick to help those in need."
Since 1997, the HOME Campaign has raised more than $1 million annually through LLNL employee donations that go directly to agencies selected by employees. In the spirit of this year's campaign slogan, "A New Era of Giving," the LLNS Board of Governors announced LLNS would match the first $1 million raised by Laboratory employees. The funds come from the fee LLNS receives to manage the Laboratory, not the Department of Energy funds for the laboratory operations.
LLNS is a limited liability company that includes Bechtel National, Inc., the University of California, BWX Technologies, Inc., Washington Group International, Inc., and Battelle. LLNS assumed management of the Laboratory on Oct. 1.
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. Through the campaign, Lab employees donate money via payroll deduction or onetime donations to benefit more than 400 local agencies of their choice, including umbrella agencies such as the United Way and Tri Valley Community fund.