VOLUNTEERISM buildg stronger cmunities
We are committed to serving in our communities. In 2010, AT&T Cares continued to expand its scope to serve more than 300,000 of our employees and retirees who take time to give back to their communities through AT&T Cares, a company-wide volunteer initiative. Last year, employees and retirees, including AT&T Pioneers, donated 9 million hours of time to community outreach activities—worth more than $192 million.2
Volunteerism continues to be a key component of AT&T Aspire, with employees finding new ways to engage with and have an impact on young people through the program. Through caring employees, more than 37,000 students benefitted from the AT&T/jA Worldwide job Shadow Initiative in 2010. More than 11,665 employees donated nearly 93,350 hours of their time to help students experience the world of work firsthand. Eighty-nine percent of students said that participating in job Shadow made them realize the importance of staying in school. Special job shadow days in 2010 included:
AT&T/Cisco Telepresence Day: Via AT&T’s Telepresence Solution, more than 150 students at 10 different locations participated in a unique, virtual job shadow day with AT&T and Cisco.
North Carolina Legislative Day: In North Carolina, more than 40 students from the Wake Early College of Health and Sciences High School spent part of the day shadowing legislators, attending committee meetings, observing the legislature in session and then participating in their own committee meeting to debate a proposed bill.
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf: In New Castle, 52 students from the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf participated in a job Shadow event which was held at AT&T’s relay facility. The students learned about the value of education as well as the Pennsylvania Relay Service, an AT&T phone service offering persons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech-disabled a way to communicate using the telephone.