As part of our Believe Cleveland℠ initiative, more than 70 AT&T employees volunteered at Franklin D. Roosevelt Academy on Martin Luther King Jr. Day today.
Believe Cleveland, launched by AT&T last year, is aimed at helping residents enhance their computer and internet skills in order to improve job prospects and career pathways. Franklin D. Roosevelt Academy was selected for this volunteer opportunity as it is currently transitioning to a fully “smart-tech integrated” school.
AT&T and City Year Cleveland Corps members and volunteers joined together to help with this transition, by painting murals, organizing classrooms and sorting and packing items for personal hygiene kits.
“It’s tremendous to see these men and women showing up for their community, particularly on a day dedicated to celebrating the life of Dr. King,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. “We ‘believe’ in the City of Cleveland and its people, and clearly AT&T does, as well.”
In addition to the volunteer activities today, the AT&T Foundation announced a $15,000 grant for City Year Cleveland that will assist with the nonprofit’s mentoring programs for high school students. And Women of AT&T, an employee resource group, contributed $500 worth of school supplies to City Year, which is on top of the supplies that were collected by Cleveland-area AT&T employees that will go directly to students at Franklin D. Roosevelt.
“This is an incredible show of support by a company that has a long history of collaborating with our community for the better,” said City Year Cleveland Vice President and Executive Director Toi Comer. “We had a great day working side-by-side with AT&T employees for this school and its students, and we’re excited to now put these Believe dollars to good use, helping young people shape their careers and futures.”
“What a perfect way to mark the 25th anniversary of Dr. King’s Day of Service,” said AT&T Ohio and Great Lakes States President Adam Grzybicki. “We are proud to stand with City Year and the many difference-makers we’re collaborating with through Believe Cleveland to make this city an even better place to live and work.”
In addition to City Year Cleveland, AT&T has been working with the following local nonprofits on digital literacy efforts, through a combination of financial support and volunteer engagement:
AT&T invested nearly $375 millionin our Cleveland wireless and wired networks during 2016-2018. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. We’ve also improved critical services that support public safety and first responders using the FirstNet communications platform.
Believe Cleveland℠ is an extension of AT&T Believes℠, a larger company-wide initiative, which aims to create positive change in local communities. To learn more about AT&T Believes initiatives across the country, please click here.