Over the past 3 years I have been part of a group that has benefitted so many AT&T families. The AT&T Pioneers Disaster Relief Fund provides financial and volunteer support to employees and retirees that have been impacted by natural disasters. As a member of the AT&T Pioneers and Chairman of the AT&T Pioneers Disaster Recovery Fund, I have the opportunity to directly help my colleagues and their families in times of need and help them to recover some part of their life’s normalcy. The AT&T Pioneers Disaster Recovery Fund is funded by employees and retirees of AT&T, either through direct donations in response to an event or proactively through AT&T’s annual Employee Giving campaign.
During Sandy, the Pioneers Disaster Recovery Fund gave almost $60,000 to employees with damage to their homes. We helped communities clean up and rebuild. AT&T deployed mobile cell phone charging stations to keep people connected with loved ones.
Hurricane Sandy was one of the most destructive and costly storms to ever hit the East Coast of the United States and impacted many lives, including mine. Numerous people lost their homes, vehicles and the ability to travel or work for weeks after the storm. While my home was spared, my family suffered through a week of dark nights and lack of storable food without power. A gas shortage made everyone nervous, especially when it was time to return to work.
The storm helped me realize the power AT&T’s network – including our technology and employee and retire volunteers – can have when working together. During Sandy, the Pioneers Disaster Recovery Fund gave almost $60,000 to employees with damage to their homes. We helped communities clean up and rebuild. AT&T deployed mobile cell phone charging stations to keep people connected with loved ones.
This year, many of my colleagues and friends were impacted by flooding in Texas and Oklahoma. Here too we are helping employees get back on their feet after devastating impacts to their homes and communities. We have received numerous messages of gratitude and stories of how this assistance helped families recover.
September is National Preparedness month. I encourage all of my colleagues and neighbors to take steps now to protect your home and family before disaster strikes. The Pioneers Disaster Recovery Fund is preparing too. We are a small team but we know we play an important part in helping others get started on the road to recovery.