Battelle Energy Alliance leads largest United Way campaign in Idaho

February 1, 2023

By INL Media Relations

Battelle Energy Alliance, operator of Idaho National Laboratory, and its employees are proud to announce pledged contributions of over $685,000 to the United Way and its partner agencies in 2023. This is the largest United Way workplace campaign in the state of Idaho.  

“This campaign is possible due to the efforts of dedicated employees who are passionate about making our communities better places for everyone to live and work. I’m proud to say our campaign is the largest United Way campaign that Idaho has ever seen,” said John Wagner, INL director. 

The INL United Way campaign is distinctive in that it covers a large geographic area, supporting United Way in three different service regions in eastern Idaho. This reflects both the size of the INL site, which spans 890 square miles, as well as the over 5,700 employees living across the area.  

Ron Crone, associate laboratory director for INL’s Materials and Fuels Complex, is a co-champion of the lab’s campaign and also serves as the board chair of United Way of Idaho Falls & Bonneville County.  

“We know that around 43% of households in eastern Idaho are struggling to make ends meet,” Crone said. “This includes those living below the poverty line as well as those we refer to as ALICE – asset limited, income constrained, employed. When we all come together to give back, we can make a real difference in our community and help people find housing, feed their families and work toward a brighter future.” 

“We have widespread and enthusiastic support from corporate sponsors in our region with a ‘Fabulous 15’ group of top partners. And once again, INL leads this group to inspire giving in southeastern Idaho,” said Shane Hunt, United Way of Southeastern Idaho board president. 

INL supports three United Way agencies in eastern Idaho, reflecting the region where most employees live, work and play. United Way focuses on uniting our community around complex problems. Their work centers around three focus areas: health, education and financial security. 

INL News Release
Feb. 1, 2023

Misty Benjamin, 208-351-9900, [email protected]
Sarah Neumann, 208-520-1651, [email protected]


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