San Pedro, Calif. (Nov.11, 2015) – On Nov. 11 as the country celebrates Veterans Day, Cell Phones For Soldiers (CPFS) and AT&T helped connect America’s bravest to the people they love and to the opportunities they deserve in day of service and giving at Volunteer of America’s Blue Butterfly Village, a 73 unit townhouse community providing services to homeless veterans in San Pedro.
Cell Phones For Soldiers (CPFS), a national nonprofit focused on the communication needs of troops and veterans, and long-time supporter AT&T donated 200 donated calling cards, cell phones with service and needed household items including sheets, towels and cleaning supplies to benefit resident veterans. In addition to the needed donations, AT&T and CPFS employee volunteers cleaned outdoor areas, gardened and started seeds in the greenhouse.
“The donations for Blue Butterfly Village are critical needs for our veterans,” said Robbie Bergquist, co-founder of Cell Phones For Soldiers. “We are honored to provide this support with AT&T and look forward to continuing our mission of providing a lifeline for America’s bravest.”
“Staying connected with family, friends and opportunities is especially important for homeless veterans,” said Ken McNeely, President AT&T California. “This Veteran’s Day, AT&T is proud to join Cell Phones for Soldiers in donating calling cards and other supplies to help make those connections possible for more veterans. We thank and salute the residents of Blue Butterfly Village, and all those who have served.”
“We are encouraged by the support of Cell Phones For Soldiers, AT&T and its employees”, said Bob Pratt, president of Volunteers of America Los Angeles. “Solving the problem of homelessness among veterans is a national priority that will take public and private entries coming together to offer housing and services for our heroes.”
AT&T is committed to serving the communities where it operates, and in 2014 alone, employees and retirees volunteered more than 5.6 million hours of time in their communities. Since 2007, AT&T, the AT&T Foundation and AT&T’s customers have donated more than $4.6 million to support Cell Phones For Soldiers.
For 11 years, Cell Phones For Soldiers has served as a lifeline for America’s bravest. Its Helping Heroes Home program provides one-time emergency needs to help veterans transition to post-combat life. From cellphones to use for job searches, to computers for communication with family, these tools assist in the fight to improve the lives of veterans.
For more information, please visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
Erin McCloskey Elizabeth Valles
Cell Phones For Soldiers AT&T
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ABOUT CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS INC.
Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 216 million “Minutes That Matter” to servicemen and women. Since 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” has provided emergency funds for more than 2,800 veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest
About Community Engagement at AT&T
At AT&T, Community Engagement means engaging our employees to build healthy, connected and thriving communities where we live and do business. Employees are focused on three key issues: improving educational outcomes, building sustainable communities and promoting the responsible use of technology. Last year, AT&T employees and retirees volunteered more than 5.6 million hours of time in community outreach activities worth more than $126 million and pledged more than $36 million for charities of their choice through employee giving. Employees also committed to more than 47,000 sustainable choices through Do One Thing (DOT), which invites employees to make small, everyday choices that add up to a big positive impact for themselves, the community and/or the company.