FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 17, 2013

Donation to United Way will help students achieve high school graduation

On July 17, AT&T announced today that it is continuing its legacy of supporting the United Way through a $7,717 contribution to United Way of Dane County.

For over 60 years, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have been strong supporters of the United Way both at the national and local levels. In 2013 alone, AT&T gave $5.49 million to 562 local United Ways across the country.

 United Way of Dane County will use the contribution to support programs that create long lasting change in the local community.  The United Way is dedicated to addressing the underlying causes of community issues through the Agenda for Change – seven goals focused on three priority areas of Education, Safety and Health that the community identified as most critical to changing lives and strengthening Dane County. Partnerships, like that with AT&T, are making measurable impact in our local community. For example, in 2012, 8,860 students were tutored by 1,748 tutors in 56 different schools — ensuring students achieve academically and graduate from high school.

 “Our partnership with AT&T is crucial to the success of our community’s Agenda for Change,” said Leslie Ann Howard, President & CEO of United Way of Dane County.  “Together we are transforming Dane County into a better educated, safer and healthier place,”

In addition to this contribution, each year AT&T employees take part in an employee giving campaign that provides millions of dollars to the United Way.  In 2012, AT&T employees, including employee members of the Communication Workers of America, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Telecommunications International Union, pledged $33.7 million through this campaign.

“AT&T shares United Way’s commitment to strengthening communities and improving lives,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin.  “We are proud to continue supporting the United Way of Dane County’s efforts to provide essential community services and help enhance education.”