Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is joining AT&T today as the company kicks off its Believe Twin Cities? initiative with a pledge of $100,000 to help support homelessness services in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The goal of AT&T’s Believe Twin Cities initiative is to work with community leaders and utilize AT&T’s local assets, including financial contributions and employee volunteers, to help support homelessness services.
Homelessness has reached a record high in Minnesota, according to the most recent study conducted by Wilder Research. Since 2015, homelessness in Minnesota has increased by 10 percent, with the state’s homeless population at the highest it’s been in 30 years.
“My top priority as Mayor has been tackling homelessness and ensuring that Minneapolis residents have access to affordable housing in every neighborhood,” said Frey. “I’m glad that AT&T's Believe Twin Cities initiative is helping us do just that – providing services for our neighbors experiencing homelessness.”
AT&T announced contributions today totaling $100,000 to three non-profits working to help those individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness in the Twin Cities:
“Homelessness is a stark reality in the Twin Cities, with too many of our fellow neighbors lacking a safe, stable place to live,” said Paul Weirtz, president of AT&T Minnesota. “Today, we are excited to launch Believe Twin Cities and work together with Mayor Frey and local nonprofits to lend a helping hand to our homeless population. AT&T’s employees have always been dedicated to giving back to our communities, and we are proud to do our part to help support those experiencing homelessness.”
As part of today’s Believe Twin Cities launch, AT&T employees donated socks and diapers to The Salvation Army, People Serving People, and Union Gospel Mission to help support the homeless population. Throughout the month of November, AT&T employees also prepared over 7,000 sandwiches that were distributed to local nonprofits to help feed those experiencing homelessness.
The goal of AT&T’s Believe Twin Cities initiative is to work with community leaders to help support homelessness services in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Believe Twin Cities is an extension of AT&T Believes? -- a larger company-wide initiative designed to create positive change in local communities.