nbtf-logo2The Gene Haas Foundation has always been an adamant supporter of education as well as hands-on technical careers such as manufacturing and technology. So, when the actor John Ratzenberger approached the foundation and brought up the goals of Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs G Haas’ Foundation jumped at the chance to support them and help them achieve their goals.

The Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation

Founded by actor John Ratzenberger, the Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on getting our country’s youth interested in manufacturing and other technically similar fields. To accomplish these goals, the foundation holds summer camps, offers scholarships, and hosts a variety of other programs to give youth exposure to the industry while raising public awareness. Ultimately, the Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs Foundation aims to be the premier source for education, help, and training for the public and the manufacturing industry.

Many people wonder why exposing children to the manufacturing industry and other related hands-on sectors are important. The reason for this is that with less people entering these careers, these sectors are experiencing a labor shortage, which is affecting a number of issues within the technical industry and the community.

By sending youth to related camps, children can experience the true fun and excitement that can be found in this sector. They get a chance to be creative and discover exactly what they’re capable of before actually entering the field.

The Gene Haas Foundation Supports Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs Foundation

Mr. Haas, the founder of the Gene Haas Foundation and Automation, Inc., understands the importance of the manufacturing sector and the need to have fresh, inventive minds entering the field. The Foundation also understands the importance of exposing youth to new things, keeping their minds busy, and encouraging them to think about the future.

Unfortunately, many of today’s young adults simply can’t afford to go to camp; the families couldn’t afford to send them. This made the Gene Haas Foundation’s decision to give the Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs Foundation two grants from 2007 to 2009 an obvious one. The $150,000 all went directly to these types of educational programs, and the last one went specifically into help youth who couldn’t afford to go to summer camp. This made it possible for all youth to attend without having to worry about paying for everything.

The Gene Haas Foundation has built up a solid reputation for giving to organizations such as Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs since it’s founding in 1999. In fact, since the foundation began giving in 2001, we have given more than $8.5 million dollars to over 800 different organizations.

Many of the groups who have received support from Gene Haas’ foundation are involved in feeding and caring for the needy, emergency response and support, and health organizations. This has helped improve the local, national, and international community on all levels in an effort to make the world a happier and healthier place.


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