Employees of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory donated more than $828,000 to local nonprofits through the lab’s employee giving programs in 2023, a press release said.
ORNL’s managing contractor, UT-Battelle, provided an additional $139,600 in support of employee efforts, bringing the total to more than $967,000.
In addition, ORNL employees recorded more than 1,497 volunteer hours while serving 56 nonprofits, the press release said. With the value of these volunteer hours estimated at $36,232, total employee-led contributions for 2023 were valued at more than $1 million.
The donations benefitted 131 area and regional nonprofits including Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, United Way, multiple Tennessee First Robotics teams, Junior Achievement of East Tennessee, YO-STEM, several Boys and Girls Clubs, Centro Hispano, A1-Learning Connections, Discover Life in America, and the YWCA of East Tennessee.
“Just as we have a commitment to deliver scientific innovation and operational excellence, we also have a responsibility to support our community through giving and volunteering,” said ORNL Director Stephen Streiffer, who also serves as president and chief executive officer of UT-Battelle. “Last year was another remarkable example of our staff’s commitment to giving back and engaging in the community.”
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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