Giving Day: Lab celebrates gifts of time and money

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By Roger Snodgrass

The elements smiled on Los Alamos National Laboratory’s United Way employee giving campaign Wednesday.

After recent years of wind, rain and even snow, the annual kickoff for the lab’s United Way campaign, now including a volunteer recognition event, met with mild conditions and plentiful sunshine.

“We’ve always run these programs separately,” said Debbi Worsonick, community programs officer and lab lead for the United Way and LANL Volunteer program.

“But we saw there was a real interconnectedness between volunteer time and contributed money and we wanted to showcase all the employee giving programs at one event,” she said.

Along with direct donations, the community program raises about $100,000 from special events, including food booths, auctions, raffles and a share of sales raised from the Books are Fun fair, which ends today in the Otowi building.

In another tradition, Dan Pava displayed this year’s T-shirt, with the line, “And the Geeks shall inherit the earth.”

They sell for $20 apiece and raised $20,000 last year, he said. Pava works in the Environment Division,

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