Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) and its parent company Amentum announced $80,000 in donations to schools and community organizations in Carlsbad and Hobbs.
On May 12, Carlsbad MainStreet, Keep Carlsbad Beautiful and Creative Carlsbad accepted a donation of $20,000 to Carlsbad MainStreet. The funds are designated to help refurbish and beautify the downtown area around the Eddy County Courthouse through the addition of new benches and trashcans.
“Carlsbad MainStreet, Pearl of the Pecos, and Keep Carlsbad Beautiful strive to improve our community and districts in every way possible. This downtown rejuvenation project is the perfect example of that. Through collaboration between all of our organizations and the generous support of the Nuclear Waste Partnership and Amentum, we will have the opportunity to start the first phase of our beautification project,” said Ashley Key, Carlsbad MainStreet’s director.
Key said the organizations had long been working to find funding which would help enhance the aesthetics of the downtown Carlsbad in effort to increase shopping and tourism in the area.
“Amentum and its heritage companies have provided support to the WIPP communities for decades contributing approximately $9 million in donations since 1996,” said Jim Blankenhorn, Amentum Senior Vice President of Operations.
“We understand the importance of giving back and are proud to continue supporting the communities where our employees live and work. These contributions demonstrate our commitment to supporting Carlsbad and Hobbs.”
Inspired by Science, an organization that promotes science education at the elementary school level in hopes of inspiring students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields received $10,000 to organize science related camps in the area. Past camps have had over 300 participants and spanned four states.
The Boys and Girls Club in Carlsbad received $5,000 to help purchase an Interactive projector to keep children safe yet provide them learning experiences during Covid-19. The Boys and Girls Club in Hobbs received $2,500 to assist with programming.
Packs for Hunger in Carlsbad also received $5,000. The organizations supports schoolchildren over the weekends by providing backpacks of food to be taken home.
The Carlsbad Cavegirls soccer team received a donation of $8,000 to help purchase championship rings to celebrate their win. They are the only team in the history of the program to win state.
Sean Dunagan, President and Project Manager for NWP, said that supporting the community is a high priority for the company.
“Having grown up in Carlsbad, I know the value we as a company can bring and I’m pleased to be able to support local initiatives that create a better quality of life for all our residents. I also want to point out the giving hearts of our employees who donate about 3,000 volunteer hours each year. They are the foundation for everything we do at NWP.”
NWP is the management and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad. Its parent company, Amentum is a global government and private-sector company.
Jessica Onsurez can be reached at [email protected], @JussGREAT on Twitter at by phone at 575-628-5531.