News from AT&T
Palm Desert, CA: AT&T is stepping up with a $3.5 million dollar effort to offer relief to California communities during the COVID-19 crises, including vulnerable communities, front line workers, public safety organizations and small businesses.
As part of that effort, AT&T donated $20,000 to local non-profit Lift to Rise. Lift to Rise is a collective impact organization that works to achieve a future where all Coachella Valley families are healthy, stable and thriving. Their work brings together community and institutional leaders to collaboratively solve the underlying causes of poverty and inequality.
AT&T’s commitment will provide support throughout the Golden State – in the form of food and meals to healthcare workers and first responders, support to small businesses to help mitigate economic losses, donations to organizations serving vulnerable communities and support for distance learning and online education.
“AT&T is committed to making a difference for those who have been so affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rhonda Johnson, President-AT&T California. “Our dedicated employees at AT&T are working around the clock to keep our customers connected to their families, friends and colleagues. This giving effort is one more way that our employees are supporting our local communities.”
AT&T’s more than $3.5 million in funding to organizations throughout California includes:
- Online Education and Distance Learning: Support for California distance learning and online education organizations, including $550,000 in donations to the California Department of Education Foundation in partnership with Gov. Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom.
- Vulnerable Communities: Support for organizations providing shelter, food and other assistance to individuals, families, including $100,000 to Give to SF.
- Food Access: More than $300,000 in donations to provide meals to students, families and seniors in need across California.
- California Public Safety: Nearly $200,000 in support for first responders and front-line medical professionals, including the Los Angeles Police Foundation and 2-1-1 San Diego.
AT&T is also donating thousands of devices to groups across the state – including Wi-Fi hotspots and Chromebooks for students learning at home, as well as tablets, phones, and chargers for frontline workers.
“AT&T responded quickly so that we could take care of our most vulnerable residents, support our small businesses and protect the health of all San Franciscans,” said Mayor London Breed, City of San Francisco. “In our city, we are working collaboratively to face the greatest challenges of the crisis head on and partners like AT&T have made a significant impact.”
As part of this commitment, AT&T will be working with community-based organizations to host “Days of Giving” focused on five core areas for groups providing essential services to Californians who are most immediately affected by the pandemic. This approach will enable AT&T California’s philanthropic relief efforts to touch a very broad base of Californians who have been severely affected.
“Our police officers and first responders are working around the clock on the front lines ensuring that people are safe. We are grateful for AT&T’s support so we can provide and replenish necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) so our first responders can perform their jobs to the best of their ability while responding to the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Dana Katz, Executive Director, Los Angeles Police Foundation.
“AT&T’s contribution to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank will help us continue providing for those in our community who need it the most. Because of the economic impact of the pandemic, we are seeing the need for food assistance markedly increase and appreciate this generous support of our mission to fight hunger in our community during this critical time,” said Michael Flood, President and CEO, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
AT&T’s support is part of AT&T Believes℠, a company-wide effort to make a meaningful impact in local communities. To learn more about how AT&T is supporting communities during the current crisis, visit https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html.