Employees and Retirees are Passionate about Volunteering


For more than 60 years, Sandia National Laboratories has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.  During those same 60 years Sandia employees have also “delivered” in their community by judging science fairs, coaching sports teams, leading scouting troops, sorting food at food banks, building houses, and serving on community boards.

In support of individual volunteer efforts, Sandia provides a volunteer website to advertise current volunteer opportunities and requests for employees to serve on nonprofit board of directors, actively connecting employees to opportunities to serve as judges, tutors, mentors, and classroom presenters. About 300 employees receive the President's Volunteer Service Award each year for serving more than 100 volunteer hours in a calendar year.

Sandia also provides opportunities for employees to volunteer on corporate-sponsored projects. 

Habitat for Humanity Volunteers

Sandia volunteers completed their 12th Habitat for Humanity House in 2012. Whether donating money, canned goods, time, or talents, Sandia offers diverse ways to give back to the community. In a typical year Sandia employees, retirees, and contractors log more than 110,000 volunteer hours.  

Each October, more than 200 employees join with the community to complete projects at local nonprofit organizations as part of Make a Difference Day. Working with a team of dedicated retirees, Sandia is proud to have completed 13 Habitat for Humanity Homes for deserving families over the past 12 years.  A special group of Sandians are also dedicated to Project Linus, making hundreds of blankets for children and young adults who are experiencing trauma.

“Signing up with a nonprofit organization as an individual volunteer or joining a group of employee volunteers is a fun and active way to give back to the community, support a cause and connect with coworkers,” says Patty Zamora, the Sandia Serves Volunteer coordinator. “We encourage volunteers to log their hours, and remind all Sandia National Laboratories and Lockheed Martin employees that employees who log 100 hours of service will be qualified to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award.”

A Million Makes a Difference is part of Lockheed Martin’s commitment to making a positive impact in the communities where we live and work. Lockheed Martin invests more than $25 million worldwide to nonprofit organizations, focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and military/veteran causes. In addition, employees donate $20 million annually to various organizations through workplace-giving campaigns and volunteer an average of 1 million hours each year.  

Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, C.A., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.

August 12, 2014