AT&T Supports Virginia's Home for Our Troops, Inc. with Grant Dollars and Volunteer Hours

AT&T Foundation Donates $5,000; Volunteers Help Renovate Homes for Injured Troops

Sep 21, 2011, 09:00 ET from AT&T Inc.

STAFFORD, Va., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T*, today announced an AT&T CARES grant of $5,000 to Homes for Our Troops, Inc., a national non-profit organization that assists severely injured servicemen and servicewomen and their immediate families by providing resources to help build or renovate homes that provide maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.

The contribution from AT&T will be used to purchase materials to build a home for service members who have been severely injured in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001.  As part of the project, AT&T volunteers will participate in a Build Brigade event to help build a home.  Construction support activities include general site assistance such as food services, site photography, exterior landscaping, and a thorough cleanup of the property prior to presentation of the house key to the service member.

During the past year, approximately 40 AT&T active employees and retirees have volunteered time to Homes for Our Troops, Inc.  The cumulative effort of these volunteers has resulted in approximately 300 hours of volunteerism.

"Over the years, I've had the opportunity to work with Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen, including disabled, combat-decorated veterans.  This is my way of giving back," said Darcy Ryan, a Stafford, Virginia-based AT&T employee who nominated the organization for the AT&T Cares National Volunteer Week Contest.

Ryan delivered the contribution to Homes for Our Troops to help fund a home built for Sergeant Kenny Lyon, an injured U.S. Marine who earlier this year received the keys to his home as part a Homes for Our Troops project in Fredericksburg, VA.

"The work done by Homes for Our Troops is extraordinarily valuable to the injured servicemen and women," said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid-Atlantic.  "We are proud to support their great work through AT&T CARES."

As part of National Volunteer Week activities sponsored by AT&T, more than 8,850 employees cast their votes for one of the top 24 qualifying volunteer projects from the AT&T CARES Project Funding Contest, which was launched during National Volunteer Week in April 2011.  The Homes for Our Troops finished second in the voting, qualifying it for the contribution.

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