Hopkinsville, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2015) – On Nov. 11 as the country celebrates Veterans Day, Cell Phones For Soldiers and AT&T continued its mission of connecting America’s bravest to the people they love and to the opportunities they deserve.
Cell Phones For Soldiers, a national nonprofit focused on the communication needs of troops and veterans, and long-time supporter AT&T donated 200 calling cards, a catered lunch and needed household items like sheets, towels, clothing and more to benefit resident veterans.
In addition to the needed donations, numerous AT&T and community volunteers served a meal to the veteran residents and did a variety of jobs around the center.
Since 2012, the Pennyroyal Veterans Center has provided services to homeless veterans housing up to 50 at a time.
“The donated calling cards, household items and a warm meal make a world of difference for veterans in need,” said Robbie Bergquist, co-founder of Cell Phones For Soldiers. “On Veterans Day and every day, we salute these brave individuals for their sacrifice and service to our country.”
“It is an honor to have the opportunity to give back to these men and women who have given so much to our nation,” said Hood Harris, president of AT&T Kentucky. “AT&T has an historic commitment to supporting our nation’s veterans, and veterans have always been strong members of our team here in Kentucky and nationwide.”
“The Pennyroyal Veterans Center assists homeless veterans in becoming self-sufficient, by providing them with transitional housing, case management, substance abuse and mental health treatment, as well as job training and placement.” said Pennyroyal Veterans Center Administrator Jeff Broadbent. “Since March of 2012, we have served approximately 500 veterans, many of whom arrive here with only what they are wearing. The blankets, towels, gloves, shirts, and beanies that have been donated today will be given to those veterans that need the items as they begin their journey to become self-sufficient.”
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 Cathy Lewandowski
Cell Phones For Soldiers AT&T Corporate Communications
(336) 207-5222 (615) 214-5874
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, TwitterGoogle+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.