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Special Report - Celebrating 40 Years of Science & Discovery

Corporate care for the community

Managing a national laboratory extends beyond serving the scientific and technical needs of clients. It also means serving the needs of the local community. Since 1965, Battelle, which operates Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy, has contributed more than $13 million in charitable contributions to the communities in which PNNL staff live—Richland, Kennewick, Pasco, Seattle and Sequim, Wash.

Corporate contributions support the arts and culture, civic activities, economic development, health and human services. More than 38 percent of Battelle's donations have supported science and math education endeavors.

A gift of $250,000 enabled the Kennewick School District to create an innovative library of science and technology kits reaching thousands of students each year with inquiry-based science activities—activities that the schools could not afford to provide on their own.

Financial support through Battelle's corporate contributions program has helped endow a department chair at Washington State University, provided computers to local schools, and promoted community economic development activities. Contributions went to new facilities for a local hospital, a hospice house, cancer center, children's theater, Head Start and a center for the deaf and hard of hearing. The Mid-Columbia Symphony, various arts organizations, the Boys and Girls Club, and United Way all have benefited from corporate support.

In addition to monetary support, PNNL is committed to helping improve the quality of life by promoting volunteer opportunities among its employees. Since the establishment of the Team Battelle program in 1999, employees at PNNL have contributed more than 70,000 volunteer hours to the community. This unique employee-driven program has become a significant part of the Laboratory's commitment to the community.

Through Team Battelle, employees mentor students, judge student science fairs, raise funds for local causes, teach senior citizens how to use the Internet, serve as guardians ad litem, and help build wheelchair ramps, playgrounds and Habitat for Humanity homes.

In addition to the formal Team Battelle program, employees at PNNL contribute countless hours of voluntary community service participating in leadership roles on the boards of directors for numerous local organizations.

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