Employees at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS) have donated a record $3.8 million to charitable organizations.
Laboratory employees pledged $2.8 million through payroll deduction via the annual employee giving program, called HOME for the Helping Others More Effectively campaign. The pledges are for the most money raised in the 42 years of the campaign.
One hundred percent of the funds donated go directly to agencies that are selected by employees.
At the same time, LLNS, which manages the Livermore Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration, will add $1 million in prorated matching funds to augment employee donations, increasing the contribution value to a record $3.8 million.
More than 1,600 employees, or 25%, participated this year to benefit more than 1,200 community/nonprofit agencies in the Tri-Valley, Greater Bay Area, San Joaquin County and beyond.
"The generosity of laboratory employees through HOME campaign contributions has once again exceeded my expectations," said Bill Goldstein, LLNS president and director of the Laboratory.
"I am thrilled that we hit a record $3.8 million in charitable donations, donations that will undoubtedly make a positive impact in our local and surrounding communities," he added.
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 raised of more than $33 million overall 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.