AT&T Celebrates National Volunteer Month

For more than 100 years, AT&T employees have been giving their time, talents and resources to the causes that matter most to them. During National Volunteer Month, we want to celebrate our employees’ passion and dedication to making a difference in their community. In 2016 alone, our employees and retirees volunteered over 5.4 million hours by donating their time and talent to causes that matter most to them.

Together, we do more.

We are proud to recognize our 4,288 employees who volunteered more than 100 hours and have earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Our employees continue to inspire us every day by their selfless acts of community service. Working together, we are making a positive impact in communities around the world.


We also had 66 International Employees who volunteered more than 100 hours in 2016

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Congratulations to our 4,288 employees who received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. They received this prestigious honor from the President of the United States in recognition of sustained volunteer service.

To earn the national honor, our employees volunteered more than 100 hours during 2016, and in some cases, more than 500 hours — earning them the Gold Award!

View the full list of this year's winners

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4,288 employees and 5.4 million volunteer hours later…

Regardless of how our employees and retirees volunteer, they are passionate. Whether mentoring students, cleaning up after disaster strikes, or supporting veterans, we activate our employees on issues they care about — things they are personally driven to do.

Below, we take a look at the passions of our PVSA winners and the path that led them to this national honor.

Learn more about AT&T's commitment to volunteerism

Education and Technology

Our employees mentor students while at work, in the community and online. By using the power of technology, we’re able to reach even more students in more places around the world. These hours added up to help students discover their career passions and potential.


Michael Thorburn

Assistant Vice President, Technology

El Segundo, CA

While having dabbled in several volunteer activities since he joined the company in December of 2013, Michael now spends several hours each week with local STEM programs. He is equally motivated by his interest in STEM education and by the fun he has working with the kids. Michael believes “There are a lot of opportunities to make a difference in STEM education," and is giving serious thought to teaching after he retires.


Padmaja Sriram

Regional Leader Staffing — India and APAC

Bangalore, India

Mentoring girls has always been a passion for Padmaja and she believes that if you educate a girl, you have educated a family. In 2016, Padmaja spent most of her weekends teaching, mentoring and counseling girls at Surabhi Foundation as part of AT&T ASPIRE Mentoring Program. She also personally supports the education expenses of three female students every year.


Heidi Liss

Technical Specialist

Saginaw, Michigan

Through AT&T Pioneers’ Tools for Learning Project, Heidi Liss is able to provide children within impoverished communities with new backpacks and school supplies. She helps spearhead the fundraisers and personally distribute the backpacks to various schools throughout Michigan. She also serves as a “cuddler” within her local hospital’s Neonatal ICU.


Samantha Jones

Client Solutions Executive

Anchorage, AK

Samantha spends her volunteer hours at Due North — an organization focused on supporting sixth graders from all over Anchorage. Samantha leads a team of 7 girls who, over the course of the year, bond and build friendships. When Samantha first started volunteering with Due North, she was excited to see the kids grow, not at all expecting to grow right along with them.



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Ann Bornholdt

Area Manager, Regulatory Relations

Oklahoma City, OK

As an outings leader for the Sierra Club, Ann Bornholdt is able to share her passion for the outdoors and knowledge of the Southwest. She works to protect the environment for future generations by participating in many Sierra Club leadership activities, such as the Conservation committee that organizes earthquake education forums.


Russell Levy

Director, Corporate Real Estate

Redmond, WA

As an avid hiker, Russell first became involved with the Washington Trails Association — the nation's largest state-based hiking nonprofit organization — in 1998, when a colleague at work invited him to participate on a trail party. Russell's volunteer work varies from building a brand new trail to decommissioning one that has outlived its purpose. Trails can be for hiking, biking and horse utilization. Giving back to the trails he loves so others may enjoy the great outdoors is what keeps him coming back.


Jane Baumgartner

Senior Tech Project Management

Pasadena, CA

Jane is a board member and volunteer for the Fisheries Resource Volunteer Corp (FRVC), a program dedicated to protecting and monitoring 14 wild trout streams and their tributaries in the Angeles and San Bernardino Forests. Jane is a patrol leader whose team clears graffiti, removes trash from trails and streams, and interacts with the forest visitors, answering questions and providing education on camping, fire, fishing and safety regulations.


Ritesh Patel

Senior Business Management

Irving, TX

In lieu of just celebrating a milestone birthday, Ritesh and his wife put together a charity fundraising event, attended by over 200 people and raised over $30K in microloans to provide fresh clean drinking water into the homes of hundreds of people in rural India. After some research, they found that there are hundreds of rural villages in which children and women typically have to travel many miles each day to get their daily ration of drinking water. Their project was to build them the infrastructure to pipe the water directly into their homes.



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Valerie Schroder

Professional System Engineer

Richardson, TX

For the last nine years, Val Schroder has spent an amazing number of hours working with the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol (CAP). CAP is a national organization which supports communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development, and promotion of air, space and cyber power. This is a family affair, as her husband and two sons are also members. For Val, formerly a public school instructor, it is all about working with the kids, ages 12 to 21, in the program.


Kelly Irmen


Hoffman Estates, IL

Kelly has been volunteering at the USO for a little over a year. She got involved initially after a co-worker started talking about it. Coming from a family where her grandfathers and several uncles were in the military, she knows the importance of helping those individuals who serve our country. At the USO, Kelly serves food, helps ensure the facility is clean for everyone to use and takes time to visit with service members. Kelly volunteers because she "wants to make a difference" in her community — and she is doing just that!


Yolanda M. Aguirre

Sr. Analyst — Force

Houston, TX

One of the volunteer activities that is near and dear to Yolanda’s heart is Wreaths Across America- a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and thanking our veterans for their service and sacrifice. Yolanda’s family embraced this volunteer opportunity in honor of her father in law-Jose “Joe” Huerta. This mission allows her to “Remember, Honor, and Teach so that we may honor all of our American military…One Wreath At A Time.”


Brandy Bishop

Store Manager

Panama City, FL

Brandy serves as President of the Central Panhandle Mixed Club - a small club of retirees and active employees. Each month Brandy organizes a lunch meeting of 17 members where the group provides assorted food items to donate to the Panama City Rescue Mission. They support a wealth of programs including Wreaths Across America and the Clifford Sims Veterans Hospital. One of her most rewarding projects has been supporting our veterans at the Clifford Sims Veteran’s Center where they annually provide a Christmas party to bring cheer and love to all the Veteran patients.


Civic & Community Services

Everyone at AT&T has something to add to their local community. Our employees use their talents and time to support the causes they care about.


Aamer Abdul-Jaleel

Principal Advanced Technical Support

Chicago, IL

Aamer Abdul-Jaleel is an avid volunteer at the Bolingbrook Mosque Sunday School and Gain Peace, a not-for-profit organization that promotes peace and harmony. He is dedicated to organizing interfaith activities to help build bridges within communities, such as Mosques, Churches and Synagogues.


Connie Villalobos

Service Representative

Torrance, CA

For several years, Connie has supported the Ronald McDonald House, having also been a recipient of their support after their young son suffered from a rare heart defect. Connie has served meals to families staying at the facilities, provided entertainment and has walked in several charity walks for the organization. She believes it is truly an honor to pay it forward to an organization that provided support to her family during some of the most difficult times of their lives.


Heather McAleer

Principal Network Planning Engineer

Hanover, MD

Ever since Heather McAleer started a personal gratitude journal, she has had a desire to give back and a greater appreciation for life. As a greeter for the Red Cross, she is surrounded by people who share a common passion for saving lives and helping others.


Brian Wolf

Senior Business Management

Brecksville, OH

Brian has volunteered over 500 hours in 2016 and has earned his 5th President’s Volunteer Service Award. He is a member of the National Ski Patrol and in addition to being a basic patroller in the largest Ski Patrol in the US at the Boston Mills, Brandywine and Alpine Valley Ski Resorts, he is a CPR instructor with the American Heart Association. His volunteer time not only involves performing first aid for injured skiers and snowboarders, but helps with lift line management, directions and finding the occasional missing parent.


Gold Award Winners

What does 500+ volunteer hours look like? Meet our employees who received the Gold Award for their incredible service of volunteering more than 500 hours.


Glen Scholze

Lead Billing Ops

Pittsburgh, PA

In 2016, Glen spent more than 500 hours coaching youth ice hockey for the Steel City Ice Renegades and the Penn Trafford High School Hockey Club. While teaching children age 5 to 18 the skills of the sport, participants also learn the important values of teamwork, sportsmanship, goal setting, coping with success and failure, commitment and accountability. All things Glen knows they will utilize throughout their lives.


Beate Connette

Professional Network Design Engineer

Jacksonville, FL

Beate Connette has always had a passion for volunteering in her community and mentoring young women within STEM fields. Through organizations like Junior Achievement and We Teach Science, she is able to impact the lives of young children and help prepare them for the future.


Robert Fuller

Lead Member of Technical Staff

Middletown, NJ

Bob has been a member of the New York/ New Jersey Trail Conference since 1980, but his support of the organization goes back 50 years when he first volunteered cleaning litter at the age of 10. In 2016, Bob spent more than 1000 hours in his many roles as a volunteer in the hiking community including supporting the rehabilitation and construction of long distance trails in the NY region on the Appalachian Trail and Long Path. Bob particularly enjoys teaching trail and theatre set building to men and women, boys and girls, of all backgrounds and skill levels.


Glenn Waleska

Program Management Subject Matter Expert, Professional Services Management Office

Oakton, VA

Glenn has been a volunteer firefighter and EMT in Virginia for 27 years. He currently supports the Little Fork Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company (LFVFRC) in Rixeyville, Virginia. Glenn’s volunteerism includes teaching Fire Safety Day as well as Read Across America Day at the local Elementary School.


International Employees

Our employees are making a difference around the globe. 62 employees volunteered a substantial number of hours. Read their stories.


Alex Warwar

Lead Contract Implementation

Sydney, Australia

In addition to Alex Warwar’s recent role as a volunteer at the Rio Olympic Games, Alex serves as a life guard for Surf Life Saving Australia and a swimming referee for Swimming Australia. He embraces his passion for helping others as a mentor at The Smith Family and a volunteer at St. John Ambulance Australia.


Frank Fischer

Global Software Development

Boeblingen, Germany

Frank believes that if you are supporting your local community, you benefit from it as well. Frank spent countless hours in 2016 working in his small community of 1000 people supporting the integration of sheep into the landscape. His work included building a new sheepfold, assisting the veterinarian during the birth of Easter lambs and cutting trees to offer more space for the animals. He truly feels it is fun to work together with his neighbors to improve whatever they can.


Catherine McDaid

Senior Specialist, Complex Order Services

Redditch, United Kingdom

Catherine McDaid supports various organizations and charities, such as cat shelters and the Samaritans Purse (Christmas Shoe Box) Appeal, a program that collects school supplies for disadvantaged children. She also holds the Queens Scout Award and the Duke of Edinburgh`s Gold Award for her role as a scout leader at the Scouting Organization. She helps spearhead camping and outdoor activities for her individual troop of 10 to 14 year-old scouts.


Ramesh Muthusamy

Global Business Provisioning & Assurance

Bangalore, India

Ramesh spends his volunteer hours providing love and care to women at "Vision India" — a home for the mentally challenged and destitute — and underprivileged children at "Surabhi Foundation". At both organizations, Ramesh touches the lives of the individuals living there and provides support, friendship and educational opportunities that make a real difference. Ramesh feels that "each time when I want to give something little to the community, I get back more".

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