Dec. 8, 2021

Lawrence Livermore National Security announces recipients of 2021 Community Gift Program

Carrie L Martin, martin59 [at] llnl.gov, 925-424-4715

Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), the contract manager for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has announced the recipients for the 2021 LLNS Community Gift Program. These gifts, totaling $200,000, reflect LLNS' commitment to local communities.

LLNS received applications totaling more than $265,000 in requests. Twenty-nine applications were selected for awards, totaling $200,000, through a committee review process. Many of these awards serve children in the Tri-Valley area as well as Contra Costa, San Francisco and San Joaquin counties, with a focus on literacy, science, technology, engineering and math education and cultural arts. Other recipients focus their charitable efforts toward children, families, senior citizens and individuals in need of assistance.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, checks were mailed to recipients in lieu of an in-person reception. The following organizations received awards:

  • Alameda County Community Food Bank: Provides emergency food distribution to children and families during COVID-19.
  • Altamont Elementary School: Expands student knowledge base through STEM programs, computer literacy and Project Lead the Way.
  • Bay Area Rescue Mission: Serves the homeless.
  • Berkeley Public School Funds: Supports the Berkeley High School robotics team.
  • California High School: Incorporates the “maker mentality” within the student body through its maker space and project classrooms.
  • Children Rising: Provides early elementary online, interventional math tutoring for improving STEM success.
  • Christensen Middle School: Increases STEM education in the middle school classroom.
  • Curious Five: Assists K-12 students in underprivileged communities to acquire the knowledge, skills and core values necessary to achieve personal success and to enrich their communities.
  • Discovery Bay Odyssey of the Mind: Offers STEM-based educational opportunities for students from all backgrounds to learn about robotics, physics and engineering in a fun environment.
  • Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area: Mission to empower, inspire and support people with Down syndrome, their families and the community that serves them, while fostering awareness and acceptance in all areas of life.
  • Girl Scouts of Northern California: Supports Discover Together,” an after school STEM and environmental enrichment program for K-8th grade girls.
  • Girls Inc. of Alameda County: Inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold, with an emphasis on STEM, supporting the "whole girl" at every stage of growth.
  • Heather Farm Garden Center Association: A mission to educate the community about the importance of being good stewards of the environment.
  • Jefferson High School: Empowers all students to reach their fullest academic potential and promotes interest and awareness of careers in STEM.
  • John C. Kimball High School: Medical and Health Services Academy assists students that desire a focused education path to be more college- and career-ready for a future in medical and health services.
  • Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired: Provides STEM education and enrichment for blind and low-vision youth.
  • Livermore High School: Enables students to receive exposure to basic manufacturing processes in a safe and welcoming environment.
  • Livermore High School: Supports the Gravitech-X FIRST robotics competition team.
  • Marylin Avenue School: Provides STEAM Lab-Innovative learning experiences in elementary education.
  • Piedmont Makers: Supports the Highlander Robotics FIRST Robotics competition team.
  • Monte Vista High School: Supports the Red Tie Robotics team.
  • Shepherd’s Gate: Provides reading interventions and books for homeless children.
  • Sunflower Hill: Develops places and spaces where adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities thrive.
  • Wayfinder Family Services: Provides critical early-childhood development services and support to children and their families.
  • West Contra Costa Public Education Fund: Provides hands-on STEM through Calculus Roundtable and Youth Code Now.
  • Young Audiences of Northern California: Provides students the opportunity to experience, understand and create art while connecting to other areas of study.

The $200,000 in support of the Community Gift Program is in addition to the $1 million contribution made by LLNS each year to the Helping Others More Effectively (HOME) Campaign, LLNL’s annual employee charitable giving program. This year employees generously donated $2.6 million through HOME. With the LLNS $1 million additional contribution, $3.6 million will support charitable programs and those in need.

For more information about LLNS and the Community Gift Program, see the LLNS website.