Pantexans give back during Month of Volunteering

  • Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 3:54 pm

Each year, Consolidated Nuclear Security employees work in their communities to support charitable and non profit organizations. This year, the Pantex and Y-12 Day of Volunteering moved from a spring event to the fall, and instead of just one designated day, teams volunteered on projects throughout the entire month of October.

Month of Volunteering 2019

At Pantex, nine projects were supported and ranged from sprucing up the Botanical Gardens for the holiday season to building a wheelchair ramp for a local citizen to allow recipients to access their home safely and independently.

Below are the highlights from each of the Pantex projects for 2019:

• Amarillo Botanical Gardens – setting up for the holiday season by clearing out annual plants, general cleaning, and hanging holiday lights.
• Amarillo United Citizens Forum – cleaned around the exterior of the building and repainted parking lot stripes in two lots. This was a partnership with Bright Stripes, a local restriping business, and the Amarillo Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
• American Red Cross & Boy Scouts of America – installed 211 smoke alarms in the San Jacinto neighborhood.
• Downtown Women's Center shelters & Ronald McDonald House – sewed pillowcases that will be presented to the residents.
• Faith City Mission – served lunch to Amarillo’s homeless community.
• High Plains Food Bank – prepared the gardens for the next season by pulling weeds and cleaning garden beds.
• Snack Pak 4 Kids – packed snack pack bags at the Snack pack warehouse. This program serves more than 10,000 kids in 51 school districts.
• Southwest Ambuc – assembled Amtrykes, therapeutic tryciclyes that will be given to disabled children to provide exercise and improve mobility
• Texas Ramp Project – built a wheelchair ramp for a local resident

Each year, Consolidated Nuclear Security employees work in their communities to support charitable and non profit organizations. This year, the Pantex and Y-12 Day of Volunteering moved from a spring event to the fall, and instead of just one designated day, teams volunteered on projects throughout the entire month of October.

At Pantex, nine projects were supported and ranged from sprucing up the Botanical Gardens for the holiday season to building a wheelchair ramp for a local citizen to allow recipients to access their home safely and independently.

Below are the highlights from each of the Pantex projects for 2019.

Month of Volunteering 2019

On October 11, a team of volunteers kicked off the month of volunteering by constructing a wheelchair ramp for a local resident with the Texas Ramp Project. The Texas Ramp Project’s mission is to build wheelchair ramps for those who find their steps a barrier. Almost every day our volunteers somewhere in the state are building a ramp for an elderly or disabled person who needs one. Our ramps allow recipients to leave their home safely and independently, especially if there is a fire or other emergency. They provide relief to families and caregivers, and they allow people to remain at home, aging in place surrounded by those who love them.

Volunteers worked at the Amarillo United Citizens Forum on October 19 to clean around the exterior of the building and re-paint parking lot stripes in the two lots. The group partnered with Bright Stripes, a local restriping small business, and the Amarillo Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

On October 22 volunteers gathered at the Snack Pak for Kids warehouse to pack bags. The Snack Pak for Kids program has grown to serve more than 10,000 kids in 51 school districts. Snack Paks always contain brand new, brand-name food. And, thanks to generous partnerships and a steady stream of volunteers, 100% of all donations given to SP4K are used to purchase food for hungry children and Snack Pak’s mission is “to end weekend hunger for children by providing a backpack filled with kid-friendly snacks each Friday of the year.”

A team met up on October 24, to benefit Southwest Ambuc by assembling Amtrykes - therapeutic tricycles that will be given to disabled children to provide exercise and improve mobility.

October 25 was a busy day for volunteers as four different team worked around the community.

Month of Volunteering 2019

The first team met at the Potter County Extension Office to sew pillowcases that will be presented to the Downtown Women's Center shelters and Ronald McDonald House in Amarillo. This project was part of a challenge issued online to quilters, crafters and sewers to donate 1 million pillowcases to local charities.

Faith City Mission was also the recipient of volunteer efforts on October 25, with volunteers serving lunch to Amarillo’s homeless community. Faith City serves three hot meals Monday through Saturday and ministers to men, women, and children who have fallen on hard times. They are either homeless, battling addiction, or experiencing some type of poverty. All of Faith City's programs are designed to take a person from crisis to stability, and in the end, enable them to live on their own.

A third team met at the gardens of the High Plains Food Bank on October 25 and helped to prepare the gardens for next season by pulling weeds and cleaning garden beds.

And the fourth team that worked on October 25 assisted the Amarillo Botanical Gardens with setting up for the Holiday season, clearing out annual plants, general cleaning, and hanging holiday lights.

Month of Volunteering 2019

On October 26, volunteers worked with American Red Cross & Boy Scouts of America to install battery operated smoke detectors in the San Jacinto neighborhood. This project was an Eagle Scout Project for Adrian Avila and the day was officially proclaimed by the Amarillo City Government as “Adrian Avila’s Eagle Scout Day.” There were approximately 50 volunteers from various organizations that came out to lend a hand. Adrian was able to complete the final phase of his Eagle Scout Project, and said he couldn’t have done it without the wonderful people of the Amarillo community.

As a result of this program and media coverage surrounding this particular project, 211 smoke alarms were installed in the San Jacinto neighborhood on this one day. Adrian was asked to continue this program apart from his Boy Scout activities, and graciously accepted. There were 300 smoke alarms purchased for this event leaving 89 yet to be installed. The American Red Cross has been receiving requests from the community for smoke alarms, and on November 16, Adrian and the Knights of Columbus Council 4621 plan to complete installing the remaining 89 smoke alarms. Several Pantexans have volunteered to assist on that day as well.