AT&T has been investing in Virginia for more than a century. From 2017-2019, the company invested nearly $700 million in its networks in Virginia to expand coverage and improve connectivity in more communities. During this extraordinary time, AT&T also has stepped up for customers and communities across the Commonwealth in many ways. The company offered relief to customers, bonuses for its front-line employees and contributions to a variety of organizations to help them meet their missions.
To support distance learning, for example, AT&T has created a new $10 million Distance Learning and Family Connections Fund to ensure students, families, and teachers across the nation have the tools and resources they need to successfully transition to at-home learning. AT&T also launched programs for first responders, medical personnel, and other Virginians most effected by COVID-19, including providing meals to first responders; helping with child care for front line workers; and supporting programs that serve victims of domestic violence, among other initiatives statewide. I commend AT&T for their significant efforts and encourage you to learn more about this week’s “Member Spotlight” below.
In addition to the information highlighted above, AT&T has also supported organizations that connect students with meaningful mentorships, virtually. In June, AT&T began their Summer Learning Academy, which is an online self-paced certificate program designed to assist with professional development for college students impacted by COVID-19.
Additional AT&T Community Efforts in Virginia include:
- Contributed $25,000 to Mason and Partners (MAP) Clinics (a network of 10 no-cost bridge health care clinics supported by the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University) to support increased tele-health in underserved communities in Virginia
- Contributed $10,000 to Safe Harbor, an organization in Richmond committed to supporting survivors of sexual and domestic violence and human trafficking, as the current pandemic has made their work more vital than ever.
- Contributed $50,000 to Child Care Aware of Virginia (CCAOVA) to allow them to purchase PPE equipment and other supplies for the child-care professionals working at the more than 200 childcare programs set up for essential workers during COVID-19.
- A $10,000 contribution to Journey House helps the organization serve Virginians with substance-abuse and addiction challenges which were exacerbated during the current crisis.
- A contribution to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington help the provide child care for first responders at the The Hylton Boys & Girls Club in Woodbridge, VA.