Contribution Programs

Shoes for Kids photo

A tradition of employee giving

Sandia National Laboratories employees and retirees are generous, contributing over $5 million a year through the United Way of Central New Mexico to nonprofits in New Mexico, California, and the nation. Giving is a tradition at Sandia. In the 1960s, employees initiated the Shoes for Kids Program. Rather than giving each other gifts during the holidays, employees elected to contribute to a fund to provide new shoes to local elementary school children. The program provides a new pair of shoes to over 500 Albuquerque-area children each year. Other annual programs benefiting local students include book and school supply drives.

During the holidays, New Mexico employees enjoy the opportunity to provide gifts for more than 600 children who are living in foster care. California employees celebrate with the Holiday Spirit Campaign to distribute food to local food banks and provide gifts to nearly 500 needy families.

Our onsite blood drives are a unique giving opportunity at Sandia. These convenient events facilitate the donation of over 1,000 units of blood per year, enabling Sandia employees to provide more blood to our community than any other organization in New Mexico.