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Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

In 2013, ORAU celebrated the completion of the newest and largest Habitat for Humanity home in Anderson County for which it was the primary sponsor. In addition to the financial support totaling $50,000, more than 120 ORAU employees, along with their families and friends, volunteered over the course of 11 Saturdays and other days off to help build the new home. All skill levels, from those adept at hand tools to those who could help pick up debris, were welcomed. The home’s completion was celebrated with a dedication event for the new owner and her family in September.

“Working in partnership with ORAU was a tremendous experience for us and for our partner family,” said Jennifer Sheehan, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County. “Because of ORAU, a hard-working family has a home of their own.” While this was the second local Habitat for Humanity House that ORAU has sponsored, employees in ORAU’s Belcamp office supported construction of a home in Maryland as well in 2013.

Community Involvement

ORAU partners with local organizations to support education and economic development

K-12 Students using classroom technology

Always mindful of the need to strengthen the research and education enterprise of our nation, ORAU never loses sight of the importance to also invest at the local level. ORAU’s outreach activities are evidence of our mission to advance science and education, starting with our own community and reaching out from there.

Focused on enhancing America’s scientific research and education enterprises, ORAU continues to leverage academic, commercial and federal partnerships to help cultivate the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Here are a few examples of the community outreach activities and education programs funded by ORAU:

ORAU Extreme Classroom MakeoverORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover

In its eighth year, the $25,000 ORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover was awarded to Ms. Rhea Carmon, a math teacher at Austin East Magnet High School in Knoxville, Tenn.

ORAU Education Grant Program ORAU Education Grant Program

ORAU’s Education Grant program provides cash awards, equipment and other educational resources to area schools from the Oak Ridge, Clinton and Anderson County school systems in East Tennessee.

United Way and Community SharesUnited Way and Community Shares

For the ninth year in a row, ORAU has broken the $100,000 mark in donations as part of the annual giving campaign for the United Way and Community Shares.

Imagination LibraryImagination Library

As an original corporate sponsor of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program in Anderson County, Tenn., ORAU has provided more than 350,000 books to area children from birth to age five since 2001. To register your child in the program, complete the online registration form. For more information, contact April Hackler at or (865) 241-4339.

Dolly's Imagination Library - Research

Tennessee Science BowlTennessee Science Bowl

As a major corporate sponsor, ORAU contributed more than $30,000 to DOE’s Tennessee Science Bowl and provides management of the competition for DOE. For more than 20 years, ORAU has supported DOE with this annual competition, which is held to encourage high school students to pursue careers in math and science.

Tennessee Middle School Math CompetitionTennessee Middle School Math Competition

ORAU continues to support the Tennessee Middle School Math Competition with an annual grant to the Pellissippi State Foundation. Over the past 14 years, more than 8,000 middle school students have participated in the competition.

Andy Page presents check to Keith GoodwinContribution to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Expansion Project

ORAU committed $125,000 to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital over five years in support of the pediatric facility’s $75 million expansion project.

Holiday Bureau

Holiday Bureau

Each year, ORAU employees donate their time to distribute new and used toys to underprivileged families in Anderson County, Tenn., through the Holiday Bureau.

Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian CountiesAid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties

For more than 15 years, ORAU has participated in the Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties school supply program. In 2015, ORAU employees contributed approximately $1,600 in cash donations.

In the spotlight:

Dr. William Pollard

Pollard Scholarships

In honor of the organization’s founding father, ORAU established the William G. Pollard Scholarship program in 1996 to recognize children of ORAU employees—who are outstanding high school or undergraduate students—with a monetary award to further their undergraduate studies.

Community partners

ORAU is an active member of the East Tennessee Economic Council, an organization created to support the government’s missions in Oak Ridge and to create new economic opportunities in the region

ORAU donated $25,000 to Junior Achievement (JA) of East Tennessee’s JA Biz Town, a simulated business community that allows an estimated 13,000 fifth graders to gain a working understanding of business and government through real–world experience

ORAU supports the Knoxville Oak Ridge Innovation Valley, which represents a 16–county region in East Tennessee and is tasked with implementing a five-year economic blueprint for the area

ORAU helps support the non–profit Tennessee Valley Corridor, Inc., with its efforts to promote the area as one of the nation’s premiere science and technology centers

As a Gold Millennium partner, ORAU strongly supports the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce and its mission to enhance the economic vitality of the greater Oak Ridge area

ORAU contributed $1 million to the Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation, which supported the construction of the new Oak Ridge High School in 2008