KUDOS OF THE MONTH: AT&T for Community Service

IMPORTANT GRANT: Presenting the Aspire grant to Tulsa Public Schools are AT&T Oklahoma President Bryan Gonterman, third from left, and AT&T’s Mike Cooper, right. At left are Hale Principal Chris Johnson and TPS Superintendent Keith Ballard. Next to Gonterman are Dr. Nelda R. Reyes of TPS and Mike Neal, CEO of the Tulsa Metro Chamber.

AT&T has increased its social and environmental investments despite the recent economic downturn. In its 2008 Citizenship and Sustainability Report, the company spotlights more than $865 million in multi-year investments for important education, environmental and volunteerism programs to help strengthen communities, stimulate economic growth and ensure America’s global competitiveness.

In Oklahoma, AT&T Aspire grants totaled more than $286,000, with contributions for dropout prevention programs going to four schools or organizations: Blackwell Public Schools, Thunderbird Challenge Inc. in Pryor, Tri-County Technology Center in Bartlesville and Tulsa Public Schools. AT&T also recently announced that the company would add at least 30 Compressed Natural Gas-powered vans to its Oklahoma fleet in 2009.

In 2008, AT&T and its Oklahoma employees contributed more than $2.7 million through corporate, employee and AT&T Foundation giving programs. In addition, AT&T employees and retirees donated more than 225,000 hours of personal time to community outreach activities – worth more than $4.4 million.

Thank you, AT&T, for being such a caring corporate citizen!

Updated 10-19-2009

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