CNS Pantex announces 2nd round of employee-directed community grants

  • Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 12:00 am

Almost $300,000 invested in local nonprofits across Texas Panhandle

AMARILLO, Texas - Fourteen nonprofits in the Texas Panhandle recently received news that they will be able to continue or expand their missions thanks to grants from Consolidated Nuclear Security’s (CNS) Pantex Community Investment Fund, which is administered by the Amarillo Area Foundation.

CNS, which manages the Pantex Plant for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration, announced this week the recipients of charitable funds totaling more than $125,000. Earlier this year, more than $170,000 was given in the first round of employee-directed grants, totaling more than $296,000 for 33 various non-profit organizations for the entire year.

“We are very proud to continue our employees’ legacy of giving through the CNS Community Investment Fund. Pantex has always been committed to improving and supporting our surrounding communities,” said Pantex Site Manager Todd Ailes.

The company announced the fund availability in January as part of its commitment to the Amarillo and surrounding areas. A Pantex Community Investment Advisory Committee comprised of CNS employees reviewed proposals from almost 200 area organizations throughout 2016. After their evaluation, the committee recommended grant awards to CNS management and the Amarillo Area Foundation.

The advisory committee selected grantee organizations based on the following funding preferences and priorities: basic needs, child and family development, community development, education, financial literacy, and health and wellness.

“By working together with the Amarillo Area Foundation, we are confident that these grants and their recipients will have a positive impact in the Panhandle.” said Jason Bohne, CNS Communications and Public Affairs director. “Our goal is to give our employees more of a voice in determining where corporate dollars are invested in the community where they work, live, and volunteer.”

The advisory committee gave priority to proposals from organizations located and operating in the 12 contiguous counties surrounding the Pantex Plant, which includes Armstrong, Carson, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hutchinson, Moore, Oldham, Potter, Randall and Swisher. Applications for 2017 will be due in early 2017 through the Amarillo Area Foundation.

Organizations and the funds they will receive are as follows:

Amarillo Mercy Ministries $10,000
To support the Foundations 317 program that mentors pregnant teens and mothers of young children
Another Chance House $5,000
To provide prescription co-pays, eye glasses, hearing aids, and batteries for clients
Arrow Child & Family Ministries $10,000
To purchase a walk-in cooler for the Arrow Child & Family Ministries-Amarillo Facility
Camp Alphie $10,000
To support Camp Alphie's annual Kid's Camp for children with cancer
Christ Kids Outreach Ministry $10,000
To purchase food and supplies for the community feeding programs
Family Support Services $10,000
To provide individual counseling to clients receiving substance abuse treatment through Amarillo Recovery from Drugs and Alcohol (ARAD)
High Plains Children's Home and Family Services $7,196
To purchase outdoor furniture and propane grills for the benefit of the children in care and the special needs adults that live in the community
Hope & Healing Place $2,804
To provide a grief support group at Faith City Mission for adults in homeless programs
Life Challenge of Amarillo $10,000
To purchase food for clients working through recovery from addiction
Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas $10,000
To pay for expenses directly associated with granting the wishes of children in the Texas Panhandle
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Amarillo $10,000
To replace the carpeting in the public areas with vinyl flooring
Seven Star Horse & Family Riding Center $10,000
To support the cost of equine-assisted therapies for children and adults with disabilities
Special Delivery Infant Adoption Agency $10,000
To support women in low-income and impoverished situations who find themselves in the middle of an unplanned pregnancy
The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center $10,000
To makeover the bedrooms of children who have been victims of sexual abuse


Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) operates the Pantex Plant, located in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex, located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, under a single contract for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. Pantex and Y-12 are key facilities in the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise, and CNS performs its work with a focus on the performance excellence and the imperatives of safety, security, zero defects and delivery as promised.

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Steve Myers
Public Affairs
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