Pantex awards $150,000 in Community Investment Fund Grants
More than $1.22 million awarded by Pantex managing contractor since the program’s inception
AMARILLO, Texas – Sixteen Panhandle non-profits received a total of $150,000 from the Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) Community Investment Fund at a ceremony September 27.
Now in its eighth year, the fund has awarded a cumulative $1.22 million dollars with152 grants to nonprofits in the Texas Panhandle.
The Community Investment Fund is a partnership between CNS, the managing and operating contractor of the Pantex Plant, and the Amarillo Area Foundation.
The Pantex Community Investment team is comprised of about a dozen employees who have volunteered to serve two-year terms to represent their colleagues from Pantex. As a committee, they listen to all the proposals that are submitted and then make the final decisions regarding Pantex’s philanthropic gifts.
“I chose to join the Pantex Investment Committee because I desired to make an impact for our community by ensuring that our Pantex family invests in charities that will have the most impactful and long-lasting effect in our community,” said team member Brittany Dewey.
Amarillo Area Foundation CEO Clay Stribling said “We so appreciate our great partnership with CNS Pantex and their employees. They are fantastic community partners who truly believe in investing in the well-being of residents in our community. This program is an annual reminder of their generosity and commitment to our region.”
CNS first met with the Amarillo Area Foundation in 2014 to create an innovative and effective method for contributing to the community in a way that would also better engage Pantex employees. Continued conversations led to creation of the Pantex Community Investment Fund in 2015.
“Our goal by working with the Amarillo Area Foundation, is to give our employees a voice in determining where corporate dollars are invested in the community where they work, live, and volunteer,” said Jason Bohne, CNS Communications and Public Affairs director. “As a company, we are extremely pleased to partner with community organizations for the betterment of Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle—where our employees work, live, and give.”
This year’s recipients are:
- Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle - $10,000 to support the Joseph's Project pregnancy center through the purchase of items such as formula and baby food.
- Amarillo Wesley Community Center - $10,000 to support Los Barrios de Amarillo hiring a Program Coordinator.
- Eastridge Mission Center - $10,000 for program and operating support for after school program.
- Downtown Women's Center - $10,000 to support the DWC's Recovery Program.
- Another Chance House -$10,000 to support program growth initiative.
- High Plains Helping Hand Inc. - $10,000 to support adult education/career program.
- Tralee Crisis Center for Women - $7,500 to support non-residential assistance project.
- Leaders Readers Network - $10,000 to support literacy fellowship program.
- High Plains Food Bank - $7,500 to support Kids Café.
- Texas Ramp Project - $10,000 to support Amarillo ramp projects.
- Maverick Boys and Girls Club of Amarillo - $10,000 to offer Snapology programming for after school participants.
- Family Support Services - $10,000 to provide advanced EMDR and CBT training to trauma counselors.
- Hope Lives Here - $10,000 to support Harley's Legacy program in providing therapy dogs for disabled veterans.
- Eveline's Sunshine Cottage - $10,000 to provide security upgrades for ESC.
- Texas 4-H - $5,000 to fund a robotics program in Carson County.
- Panhandle Orphan Care Network – 10,000 for Moses Closet stock up of items needed for emergency foster care placements.
Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC operates the Pantex Plant, located in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex, located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. Bechtel National, Inc. is the lead member of CNS; minority members include Leidos, Inc.; ATK Launch Systems, LLC; and SOC LLC. Pantex and Y-12 are key facilities in the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise, and CNS performs its work with a focus on performance excellence and the imperatives of safety, security, zero defects, and delivery as promised.
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