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AT&T Foundation Donates $5,000 to Covenant House


AT&T Foundation Donates $5,000 to Covenant House
Grant Will support Covy Café Job Skills Program

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 23, 2009 — The AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), today announced a grant of $5,000 to Covenant House Alaska. The donation will support the Covy Café, a job development program that gives youth ages 16-21 with an opportunity to learn valuable job skills in a healthy, safe and nurturing environment.

“I’m very pleased that AT&T is able to make this contribution,” said Mike Felix, president of AT&T Alaska.  “Connecting communities is core to what AT&T strives for, and when we can provide assistance to organizations like Covenant House, everyone benefits.”

Covenant House is the largest privately funded agency in the Americas providing shelter and other services to homeless, runaway and at-risk youths. Covy Café, located at Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage, is a coffee shop and Trail Watch Headquarters for the coastal trail The Cafe operates as a job-training program for local youth, working with community partnerships to teach customer service and job skills.

“The generosity of AT&T is much appreciated by Covenant House,” said Deidre Cronin, executive director, Covenant House Alaska.  “AT&T’s support of Covy Café will help us in our mission to assist local young people to learn valuable job skills that will help them build solid futures,” she said.

Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan acknowledged the work of Covenant House in improving the community. “Covenant House Alaska provides crucial services to at-risk young people. By working together with companies like AT&T, local community service agencies can make significant improvements to the quality of life for our residents who need help most,” Sullivan said.  

Covenant House Alaska was selected as the recipient of this donation by the Alaska chapter of the AT&T Pioneers.  More than 350,000 people nationwide are members of the AT&T Pioneers, making it the nation’s largest company-sponsored volunteer organization.  In 2005, AT&T Pioneers donated more than 11.3 million hours of their time to community outreach activities. This equates to nearly $204 million worth of volunteer time.  There are more than 50 members of the AT&T Pioneers in Alaska, each of whom is committed to volunteerism at the local level.

For more information about AT&T Inc., please log on to www.att.com/alaska.
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