News Release: NREL Employees Significantly Increase Their Community Support

Dec. 17, 2010 | By Heather Lammers | Contact media relations

For the second year in a row, employees of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) pledged significantly more to community organizations during its annual charitable giving campaign this holiday season.   

For 2011, employees have committed more than $430,000 to the Partnership for Colorado and Mile High United Way, a significant increase over the $328,000 donated by employees in 2010.  The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, which manages NREL for the Department of Energy, will contribute another 10 percent to the agencies, for a total contribution of $473,000. 

“I am impressed by the continued generosity of the NREL staff during a time when many families across the state are struggling financially,” said NREL Director Dan Arvizu. “I want to thank and acknowledge the hard work of our campaign co-chairs, Mike Pacheco and Susan Hambleton. Their efforts, along with a committee of NREL volunteers, inspired NREL employees to easily surpass the aggressive goal we set for ourselves of raising $400,000.”

The more than $100,000 boost in employee charitable giving follows a banner year in 2010 when employee donations increased 57 percent over 2009.

“We began our campaign with the message that there had never been a better time for us all to ‘give something back’ to our communities,” said Mike Pacheco, Vice President of Deployment and Market Transformation and campaign co-chair. “NREL’s employees have always demonstrated the highest levels of generosity and commitment to our communities in the past. This year’s campaign results, again, surpassed all our expectations.”

Human Resource representative and campaign co-chair Susan Hambleton added, “This year, NREL has continued to grow and we are fortunate to have many new employees.  With our communities in such dire need during these difficult economic times, NREL employees clearly felt it was a good time for us reach a little deeper and share our blessings with those in the community who need our help.”

NREL allows employees to designate their funds to any agency served by Partnership for Colorado or the United Way, or to any nonprofit agency of the employees’ choice.   Employees designated about two-thirds of their gifts to community service agencies under the Partnership for Colorado banner, and the remaining money to United Way agencies and other specified charitable organizations.

Donations have been pledged primarily through payroll deduction for 2011 and will be delivered to the agencies periodically through the year.

Partnership for Colorado is a nonprofit coalition of the Black United Fund of Colorado, Community Health Charities of Colorado, Caring Connection and Community Shares of Colorado.  The partnership represents more than 200 local nonprofit agencies. 

Mile High United Way represents 80 local agencies to help people in the metro Denver area.

NREL is DOE’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.


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