Pantex/Amarillo Area Foundation Announce Community Investment Fund Grants Awarded
More than $850,000 invested in local nonprofits across Texas Panhandle
AMARILLO, Texas- Nonprofits in the Texas Panhandle will be better able to expand or continue their missions thanks to grants from Consolidated Nuclear Security’s (CNS) Pantex Community Investment Fund, administered by the Amarillo Area Foundation.
CNS, which manages the Pantex for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration, created an advisory committee to determine distribution of the funds. The committee prioritized the submissions from organizations located and operating in the 12 contiguous counties surrounding Pantex, which includes Armstrong, Carson, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hutchinson, Moore, Oldham, Potter, Randall and Swisher.
Including the latest round of grants, CNS has donated more than $860,000 to area non-profit organizations since 2016 through the Amarillo Area Foundation.
“Our goal by working with the Amarillo Area Foundation, is to give our employees a voice in determining where corporate dollars are invested in the community where they work, live, and volunteer,” said Jason Bohne, CNS Communications and Public Affairs director. “As a company, we’re extremely pleased to partner with community organizations for the betterment of Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle - where our employees work, live, and give.”
The advisory committee selected grantee organizations based on the following funding preferences and priorities: Basic Needs, Child and Family Development, Education, Community Development, Financial Literacy, and Health and Wellness.
Recipients and their grants are as follows:
A World for Children - $5,000: To support Bridging the Gap program used to help normalize and improve the quality of life for abused, neglected and traumatized children in our care in the Amarillo area.
Amarillo Area Court Appointed Special Advocate (AACASA) - $7,500: For recruitment, training, and retaining CASA Volunteers who advocate for children of abuse and neglect through the efforts of trained volunteers, appointed by the court to ensure them a safe, nurturing and permanent environment.
Amarillo Children’s Home - $10,000: To support “Feed the Tummy Fill the Soul” program which addresses a basic human need-hunger-while teaching valuable life skills often foreign to foster children.
Another Chance House - $7,500: To provide program support for men who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Faith City Mission - $6,000: To provide for basic needs for homeless and impoverished individuals in Potter and Randall Counties and throughout the Texas Panhandle.
Family Care Foundation - $6,000: To support dental assistance for uninsured children and adults.
Heal the City Free Clinic - $6,000: To provide equipment that addresses language barriers for chronic care program, Shalom, which serves uninsured and chronically ill patients that are Spanish speaking only.
Hope Lives Here - $6,000: To support the Harley’s Legacy program for support dogs and vets.
Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas - $7,500: To support wish granting in the Texas Panhandle.
Martha’s Home - $10,000: To support residents’ needs for homeless single women and homeless mothers with their children.
Ronald McDonald House Charities - $10,000: To support Share a Night, which helps families of ill children who live outside the Amarillo City limits and need a home away from home while their sick child receives medical care in Amarillo.
Sharing Hope Ministry - $10,000: To support Patsy’s Place Transitional Home which provides shelter, basic necessities, education, family reunification and health related services to post-offending, local women. Assistance will also be given to post-offenders who are struggling through the COVID crisis.
Texas Ramp Project - $5,000: To support Amarillo Ramp Project for low-income older adults and people with disabilities in the Panhandle.
The Downtown Women’s Center - $7,500: To provide program support for shelter operations, counseling, and wrap-around client services for women in recovery from substance addictions and their children.
Turn Center - $10,000: To support the purchase of therapy equipment for children.
Upbring - $7,500: To Support the Amarillo Foster in Texas program which serves children removed from their homes by Child Protective Services due to abuse or neglect.
Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC 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. CNS member companies include Bechtel National, Inc.; Leidos, Inc.; ATK Launch Systems, Inc.; and SOC LLC. Pantex and Y-12 are key facilities in the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise, and CNS performs its work with a focus on performance excellence and the imperatives of safety, security, zero defects and delivery as promised.
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