LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) provided more than $177,000 to 31 organizations through the first six months of 2023. This is the fifth consecutive year N3B has supported Northern New Mexico nonprofit programs. In that time, the company has contributed almost $1.1 million to 68 organizations that provide programs related to arts and culture, civic and community development, education, and health and human services.

The groups use these funds to support their programs, activities and fundraisers. Among the recipients this year are the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association (SFYSA) and the  Embudo Valley Tutoring Association (EVTA).

This is the third year N3B has supported SFYSA’s need-based financial aid program that helps pay for lessons and musical equipment rental for students engaged in the group’s orchestra, jazz, mariachi and chamber music programs.

“The funding from N3B is important because so many of our students would not otherwise be able to participate,” said SFYSA Executive Director Callie O’Buckley. “With this kind of financial support, we can provide significant participation discounts – for example, musical instrument rental for as little as $1.50 per month – for students coming from the most challenging family circumstances.”

EVTA provides language, math and science tutoring for children in Rio Arriba and Taos counties. N3B’s $5,000 grant is supporting their programs in Dixon and Velarde community schools in Rio Arriba County.

“This contribution will help us continue providing academic and moral support to help struggling students engage with their schooling,” said Executive Director Eva Behrens. “For many students of all ages, the opportunity to have a personal academic and mindset mentor is the key that opens the door for them to enjoy and benefit from school and envision their future.”

N3B has made a commitment to provide five percent of its earned fee over the life of the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract to benefit community organizations and support workforce development initiatives in Northern New Mexico.

Kristin Henderson, stakeholder affairs lead for N3B, said, “We want to partner with nonprofits that are working to help Northern New Mexico communities and their people thrive. Helping groups make a difference in the region is an important part of our mission.”

Northern New Mexico organizations with a 501(c)3 or 170(c) tax-exempt status are encouraged to review the guidelines and information about the N3B Community Contribution Program and apply for funding on the N3B website at www.n3b-la.com/community-contributions/.


Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association instructor works with a student in the Running Start Orchestra for beginning students.

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A young Velarde student demonstrates her new alphabet and letter-sound combination skills.

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