In May, we launched our Believe IndySM initiative to improve communities and help reduce violent crime in Indianapolis.
As a result of conversations with our Indy-area employees, our effort is focused on three core areas: education and job skills in at-risk Indianapolis neighborhoods; technology advancements for local police and public safety officials; and community engagement through volunteerism.
We’re collaborating with a number of organizations that are already making a difference in these areas. For example, we’re supporting MovementForward, Inc.’s One Congregation One Precinct (OneCOP), a nonprofit program that utilizes a proactive model to address tensions around police-involved incidents as well as ongoing crime and violence. With funding from AT&T and the AT&T Foundation, OneCOP has been able to open an office and hire its first-ever executive director for Indianapolis.
Since our launch, we’ve participated in a number of rewarding Believe Indy volunteer activities. In June, employees helped stuff toys that Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers will utilize when faced with challenging calls involving children.
And in July, we volunteered during 100 Black Men of Indianapolis’ Summer Academy. We talked with pre-K through 8th graders over a bowl of cereal for this fun mentoring opportunity. We also provided the organization with a $10,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation to support the purchase of nutritious meals and snacks for students during the summer months.
We have a fantastic team of caring people in our capital city, and we’re committed to supporting both public safety and community-focused organizations as we work to uplift people and decrease violent crime in the City of Indianapolis. Look for more Believe Indy news in the future.