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5 October 2000
For Immediate Release

Applied Physics Lab Tops United Way Campaign Goal

Donations Exceed $500,000 for First Time

Nationally known for technical innovation, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., strengthened a traditional commitment to the community today with a record contribution to the 2000 United Way campaign.

APL staff, retirees and family members donated more than $520,600 to the United Way organizations of Central Maryland and the National Capital Area - surpassing the Laboratory's campaign goal ($500,000) and topping last year's contribution by more than 10 percent.

"APL's vision of public service goes beyond critical research and technology development," says APL Director Richard T. Roca. "Our staff members are making a real difference in their own communities, and their dedication will help improve the quality of life for many people in the Baltimore-Washington area."

APL's is the highest employee-funded contribution in Howard County. Laboratory employees have participated in community service campaigns for nearly half a century, giving more than $3.6 million to the United Way over the past decade alone.

"We exceeded our 2000 campaign goal because of the staff's generosity and concern for people who need help," says Ruth E. Nimmo, APL Assistant Director for Business Operations and United Way campaign chair.

Putting more than just money into their United Way efforts, APL staffers are also devoting hundreds of hours to "Days of Caring" community outreach and fund-raising projects. APL volunteers have collected personal items for emergency and homeless shelters, delivered meals to the elderly and raised money for Howard County Special Olympics, with other projects still to come.

"Once again, APL has come through with unprecedented support for the United Way campaign, and has touched the lives of thousands of our friends and neighbors," says Larry E. Walton, President and Chief Professional Officer of United Way of Central Maryland.

United Way of Central Maryland partners with health and human services organizations to help more than 1.7 million people each year in Baltimore City and Howard, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Baltimore and Harford counties. The United Way of the National Capital Area supports more than 1,100 nonprofit agencies and community service funds in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland's Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

The Applied Physics Laboratory is a not-for-profit laboratory and division of The Johns Hopkins University. APL conducts research and development primarily for national security and for nondefense projects of national and global significance.

Media contact:
JHU Applied Physics Laboratory:
Michael Buckley