The Los Alamos Foundation is a private foundation established in 2008 to serve the community of Los Alamos, California. Our mission is to preserve and promote the rich history and culture of our community and to serve those who live and work in Los Alamos and our surrounding communities. Positive change and mutual respect are essential to continuing to build on our common history as a community. We will achieve this through multi-generational activities that collect and document the experiences and memories of our residents, and through activities that support and enrich our families and children.
Monna L Dingman
Anne E Little
The Los Alamos Foundation serves the community of Los Alamos, California with a focus on children, teens and seniors.
We believe that community thrives in each others care. A healthy community is one in which no one is left behind because language barriers, differing abilities, economic limitations, or personal differences. Each of us brings a unique set of skills, dreams, and history to the table. A rich and vibrant community has a place for each of us, a place where we each can shine, learn, and grow together.
Executive Director Monna L Dingman was recently honored to be chosen as the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation and the Santa Ynez Valley News Volunteer of the Year for Youth. This award recognized Monna's contributions to the youth of Los Alamos through Summer in the Park. Monna was pleased to accept this award on behalf of everyone involved with Summer in the Park. You can read the full article here:
We are fortunate in Los Alamos, California to be a community small enough to interact on a one to one basis but big enough to allow our dreamers to thrive. We know each other well enough to be supportive and to care about individuals and the community as a whole.
The Los Alamos Foundation takes it's priorities known areas of need. It is important not to waste resources by duplicating existing programs or services and so, we meet regularly with other community stakeholders to be sure that our programs are appropriately targeted and can be managed within our Foundation mission.
We also pride ourselves on having personal and meaningful relationships with a wide array of community members regardless of age or even language barriers. True friendship has the capacity to cross many barriers, all it needs is a welcoming hand on either side. That welcoming hand has been offered to us many times and we are both thankful and humbled by the generosity of our Los Alamos neighbors.
The Los Alamos Foundation arose out of a desire to become more involved with the community in which we live. We recognized a growing population of families that have come here in search of work in the expanding vineyards and produce farms that surround us. More recently we have seen infusion of business ventures that draw on wine and fine dining tourism. Both of these changes have had a significant impact on our common identity.
This influx of new families and new businesses has created an infusion of new culture and customs. Like many small communities we struggled to accept these changes. Our "cowboy/vaquero" culture seemed to be giving way to wine and cheese. Hamburgers and burritos have had to make space for gourmet pizza and high end breads. We began to look for ways in which we could celebrate both the history of our town and it's evolving identity. One of our activities, The Oral History Project, was designed to do just that. Our high school film makers have begun interviewing both old and new residents to share their personal stories with the community.
Summer in the Park was created to give our youngest citizens a creative outlet during summer vacation. As the program has grown so has the number of adults interested in coming to the park to share their time and their interests with our kids. Communities thrive and history is preserved when we reach out to one another as peers, as people who are more alike than different, and treating each individual with respect and dignity. This is the mission of The Los Alamos Foundation.
The future of the Los Alamos Foundation depends on our ability to engage our neighbors in constructive work to meet the needs of our community. We will continue to seek out supporters and donors, as well as input and feedback on the work we do. Our primary focus right now is two-fold: Continue to build the reach and prestige of the Daniel B Dingman Scholarship for Peace and Justice and secure the future of our Summer in the Park recreation program.
Currently the DBD Scholarship for Peace and Justice offers a $1,000 cash prize, we hope to increase this prize over time as we reach out to the most promising scholars in our service area.
Summer in the Park has seen phenomenal growth since it's inception in 2013. Attendance has increased from an average of 12 kids per day to 64, that is over 500% growth! We know there are many children not yet being served. To reach those children and to continue to provide for our current load we need a big commitment from our community. This will mean on-going fundraising on our behalf.
Marisol was selected for the scholarship because of her commitment to serving her community. Throughout her four years in high school Marisol has demonstrated an eagerness to assist others in any way she can. She is always the first to volunteer and always the last person on the job, working overtime to make sure the job is done right. She is compassionate, has faith in herself and in others, and is a natural leader.
Marisol also has very strong academic accomplishments and an interest in pursing the biological sciences. She will be attending Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo.