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April 17, 2019

When our communities call, we answer

Posted by Vince Apruzzese

We hope you’re enjoying Spring in Virginia. April is National Volunteer Month, and we’re celebrating by honoring the many AT&T employee volunteers — some of whom have received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. It’s also Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so we’re reminding drivers of all ages — It Can Wait. And, we recently kicked off a series of events to help our neighbors in Lebanon and Southwest Virginia.

We are constantly focused on making our communities stronger and better connected.

Sincerely,

Vince Apruzzese
President — AT&T Virginia

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April 16, 2019

Together, we do more in Virginia

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team

As part of National Volunteer Month, we’re celebrating the more than 4,149 AT&T employees who have received the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) for 2018. The PVSA is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is administered by Points of Light. It recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service by spending more than 100 hours volunteering in the previous year. It’s inspiring and encouraging to think about the lives touched through these acts of kindness.

Throughout April, we are taking the time to say “thank you” to all of our employees — including the more than 50 employees who received the PVSA in Virginia this year — who are making communities better by volunteering and supporting causes they believe in.

"Our employee’s tremendous spirit of service is part of the fabric of our company. Their selfless contributions make our communities and our company stronger. We congratulate this year’s AT&T PVSA winners here in Virginia and across the company, and we thank them for sharing their time and talent to help make a positive impact on their community.”

Read more here.

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April 16, 2019

AT&T awards $25,000 grant to JMU X-Labs

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team

AT&T recently awarded a $25,000 grant to support the JMU X-Labs program, where college students have the opportunity to learn about emerging technologies and interact with industry professionals who serve as mentors.

JMU X-Labs Logo

JMU X-Labs is a model of education for teaching innovation with intention. Its transdisciplinary programming challenges students to take ownership of their education, pivot creatively and confidently tackle problems that resist easy solutions. JMU X-Labs collaborates with distinguished community, government and industry organizations that give multidisciplinary student teams real-world experience.

“We work with universities and other organizations to give the next generation of tech leaders and innovators hands-on opportunities that prepare them for success. Through JMU X-Labs, JMU students are developing technology solutions to real-world challenges across many areas—from community and social services to arts and culture to national defense. After our very first visit, we were impressed by their vision and plans for the program, which is why we’re excited to support the great work being done at JMU X- Labs,” said Vince Apruzzese, President, AT&T Virginia.  

JMU X-Labs will host its biannual Innovation Summit on Friday, April 26 from 3 to 6 p.m., featuring more than 100 students from eight courses and more than 28  majors. AT&T will serve as the event’s primary sponsor this spring.

“We’re looking forward to building a great relationship with AT&T,” JMU X-Labs Executive Director Nick Swayne said. “It will be a significant launchpad for developing more challenging problems for the students to solve—providing access to integrated IoT, cellular, and other emerging technologies, as well as subject matter experts willing to work with our student teams. AT&T’s leadership and support for the kind of learning that takes place at JMU X-Labs will help us move farther, faster.”


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April 15, 2019

AT&T Employees Volunteer at Kids’ Day in Lebanon, Company Announces Job Openings

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team

AT&T employees in Lebanon on April 6 came together to volunteer at Kids Day as part of a project called Believe LebanonSM.

The effort combines our assets and our employees to make a positive impact in the community. It was the first in a series of activities employees have planned for this year.

During the day-long event, AT&T volunteers distributed care packages to families. A specially equipped AT&T vehicle rolled into Lebanon Community Park, enabling attendees to check out the latest mobile devices and services. And, area residents were able to learn more about job opportunities at AT&T’s facility in Lebanon.



“Our employees are compassionate people with big hearts. They regularly give their time, talent, and personal financial resources to help their friends and neighbors. Through Believe Lebanon, we’re able to build and expand the great work our team does every day here in the Heart of Southwest Virginia.”

Read more here.

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April 13, 2019

It Can Wait: Faces of Distracted Driving

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team

It Can Wait

If Caleb Sorohan and Forrest Cepeda were alive today, they might be pursuing their dream jobs or teaching their kids to play sports. Maybe they’d still be figuring life out. But we’ll never know – smartphone distracted driving cut their lives short.

Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris captured Caleb’s and Forrest’s heartbreaking stories through in-depth interviews with their families. Read more.

While April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we encourage you to share the It Can Wait message throughout the year.

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April 12, 2019

AT&T Helps Rockingham Free Clinic Improve Connections with Patients

Posted by AT&T Virginia

Rockingham

AT&T recently contributed $8,250 to the Harrisonburg Rockingham Free Clinic.

With this impactful donation, the Free Clinic can participate in a phone and video interpretation system called CyraCom to help patients who speak English as a second language.

In Harrisonburg alone, 11,615 citizens are speakers of a non-English language, with Spanish (7,278 speakers), Chinese (659 speakers), and Russian (624 speakers) being the most spoken languages. Since 2002, over 1,900 refugees have settled into Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, creating a greater need for interpreters and translation systems.

While the clinic currently has translators, with the help of AT&T, we are able to expand our reach and help more patients," said Bea Bustista, the Free Clinic’s Patient Care Coordinator.

“Providing an interpreter during a medical visit allows the patient to be more engaged and involved in their own care. Interpreters will enhance communication proficiency between the provider and patient and improve the quality of care. This great need for translation services makes AT&T’s donation all that more vital.”

Read more here.

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April 04, 2019

AT&T Employees to Volunteer at Kids’ Day in Lebanon, Company Announces Job Openings

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team

AT&T employees in Lebanon will come together to volunteer at Kids Day as part of a project called Believe LebanonSM.

The effort combines our assets and our employees to make a positive impact in the community.  It will be the first in a series of activities employees have planned for this year.

Believe Lebanon Event

During the day-long event, AT&T volunteers will distribute care packages to families. A specially equipped AT&T vehicle will roll into Lebanon Community Park, on Saturday, April 6th, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The vehicle will enable attendees to check out the latest mobile devices and services.  And, area residents will be able to learn more about job opportunities at AT&T’s facility in Lebanon.

“Our employees are compassionate people with big hearts.  They regularly give their time, talent, and personal financial resources to help their friends and neighbors. Through Believe Lebanon, we’re able to build and expand the great work our team does every day here in the Heart of Southwest Virginia,” said Vince Apruzzese, president, AT&T Virginia.

Apruzzese said the company is harnessing the commitment, compassion and enthusiasm of our employees in Lebanon with resources and support from other business units within the company, to make a meaningful impact in the lives of the residents of Lebanon and Southwest Virginia.  He also added AT&T is hiring customer service sales representatives at the facility.

Tony Barton, the Lebanon center’s director, said the positions offer wages starting at $15 per hour without experience, training, benefits, discounts on services and more. Anyone interested in these jobs can visit https://www.att.jobs/ and search Lebanon VA to learn more. Candidates also will be able to apply on Saturday.

Believe Lebanon Event

“We’re so excited to be part of Kids Day as part of Believe Lebanon. Our team is planning at least one event each month for the rest of the year, doing what we can to improve the lives of our neighbors in Lebanon and the region,” said Barton.

The #BelieveLebanon project coincides with the City of Lebanon’s year-long bicentennial celebration. AT&T is supporting events throughout the year that commemorate this milestone.

“AT&T and its employees have been good neighbors for years.  We appreciate all they do to support our community, and we’re happy they’re helping us mark our bicentennial at many events throughout the year,” said Lebanon Mayor Tony Dodi. “Believe Lebanon will be successful because AT&T and the local employees believe in our community.”

Other projects planned this year include:

  • An employee-driven program to collect gently used prom dresses and other accessories to make available to students in the area;
  • Food drives for local students to ensure they have food during holiday, spring and summer breaks;
  • Backpack and school-supply drives to help students prepare for summer and the school year ahead;
  • Visits to a local nursing home to provide companionship and gifts to elderly residents throughout the year, including holidays;
  • Collecting and delivering holiday gifts to children through the Star Children program;
  • Support for a local food pantry, including food and personal hygiene items; and
  • Collaboration with the Salvation Army to help address hunger and homelessness in Bristol.

AT&T BelievesSM initiatives have been launched in several cities across the U.S., including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston and New York with more expected in 2019.  Learn more at www.attbelieves.com.


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April 04, 2019

AT&T Helps Rockingham Free Clinic Improve Connections with Patients

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team

AT&T recently contributed $8,250 to the Harrisonburg Rockingham Free Clinic.

With this impactful donation, the Free Clinic can participate in a phone and video interpretation system called CyraCom to help patients who speak English as a second language.

In Harrisonburg alone, 11,615 citizens are speakers of a non-English language, with Spanish (7,278 speakers), Chinese (659 speakers), and Russian (624 speakers) being the most spoken languages. Since 2002, over 1,900 refugees have settled into Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, creating a greater need for interpreters and translation systems.

While the clinic currently has translators, with the help of AT&T, we are able to expand our reach and help more patients, said Bea Bustista, the Free Clinic’s Patient Care Coordinator.

“Providing an interpreter during a medical visit allows the patient to be more engaged and involved in their own care. Interpreters will enhance communication proficiency between the provider and patient and improve the quality of care,”  said Bustista. “This great need for translation services makes AT&T’s donation all that more vital.”

“Language barriers between healthcare professionals and their patients can have serious consequences. Our contribution will help the clinic better connect with their patients, improving the quality of care and saving lives,” said Garrett McGuire, AT&T’s regional director for External Affairs.


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Learn more about AT&T in Virginia at https://engage.att.com/virginia/.  

For additional information, visit Harrisonburg Rockingham Free Clinic’s website at http://www.hrfreeclinic.org/.

April 01, 2019

Arlington Free Clinic Receives $15,000 Contribution From AT&T to Support Technology Needs

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team

Arlington Free Clinic (AFC), the only nonprofit providing free, comprehensive healthcare to low-income, uninsured Arlington adults, received a $15,000 contribution from AT&T to support technology needs that will allow the organization to more effectively deliver high-quality patient care.

Technology runs through all aspects of AFC’s work – from enabling our 90% non-native English speaking patients to communicate with their doctors through a telephone interpreter service, to tracking biometric data for patients with multiple chronic diseases. Technology is constantly evolving and providing opportunities for AFC to better serve its patients, but only if the organization can afford to keep up. “AFC is grateful to AT&T for recognizing the challenge that nonprofits face in accessing funding for essential tech infrastructure – and responding to this need in such a tangible way,” said AFC’s President, Nancy White.

"AT&T’s support will enable Arlington Free Clinic to strengthen its tech infrastructure so they can focus on their core mission and better deliver healthcare services to those in need.” –Garrett McGuire, AT&T regional director for External Affairs in Virginia

Specifically, funding from AT&T will allow AFC to upgrade its computers as part of the Clinic’s transition from a server to cloud-based Office 365 and SharePoint. This systems transition will help AFC stay current with the pace of technology – something that will benefit AFC’s staff as well as its patients. The upgrade will enable enhanced collaboration among staff and allow them greater flexibility in where they work, something especially valuable to our medical staff who provide care at various sites throughout the facility. 

“Technology has transformed all aspects of our lives, and healthcare is no exception. AT&T’s support will enable Arlington Free Clinic to strengthen its tech infrastructure so they can focus on their core mission and better deliver healthcare services to those in need,” said Garrett McGuire, AT&T’s regional director for External Affairs in Virginia.


About AT&T in Virginia

Learn more about AT&T in Virginia at https://engage.att.com/virginia/.

About Arlington Free Clinic

Arlington Free Clinic is a community-based, volunteer-driven nonprofit providing free, high-quality healthcare for low-income, uninsured Arlington County adults. AFC operates six days/week and offers both day and evening appointments. With the help of over 500 medical and non-medical volunteers and 35 full and part-time staff, AFC provides access to comprehensive services including primary and specialty medical care, mental/behavioral healthcare, women’s health, physical therapy, and referrals to medical and non-medical safety-net services. 


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December 14, 2018

Marc Blakeman is AT&T’s New Mid-Atlantic President

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team

Marc Blakeman is the new president of AT&T’s Mid-Atlantic region.

In this role, Blakeman is responsible for developing the overall strategic direction for AT&T's legislative, regulatory, public policy and philanthropic initiatives in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, DC.  He replaces J. Michael Schweder who retired in November 2018 after 35 years with the company.

Blakeman will report to Marissa Shorenstein, who was recently appointed president of AT&T’s newly created Northern Region. Marissa will continue to oversee the company’s external affairs for all states from Maine to Virginia, including Washington, DC — adding new responsibility for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

“Marc’s prior leadership experience in Illinois and California — combined with his deep commitment to the communities where he has lived and worked — have prepared him well for his new role in an important geography for our company.  I am pleased to have him join the team in the Northern Region and look forward to his leadership in the Mid-Atlantic states as we welcome a new era of innovation and technology to deliver the best service for our customers,” said Marissa Shorenstein, President – AT&T Northern Region.  

From December 2014 until his appointment, Blakeman was Vice President – External Affairs for AT&T California where he unified planning and strategic leadership across the five External Affairs regions in California to ensure a statewide approach to how AT&T manages relationships with external clients and stakeholders, including elected officials and community and civic leaders.

His previous roles at AT&T include serving as regional vice president of External Affairs for AT&T California’s San Francisco/Silicon Valley/Central Coast region. He joined AT&T’s predecessor, Ameritech, in 1997 after serving as Director of Chicago Operations for the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois. 

“From the Appalachians to the Atlantic — and from Norfolk, VA, to Newark, NJ — the Mid-Atlantic is a diverse region where AT&T’s roots run deep.  For more than a century, we’ve worked with government, business and civic leaders and organizations across the region to connect their communities to each other and their world. We have a lot to accomplish in a fast-changing world, and I look forward to building on our legacy of innovation and collaboration for years to come,” Blakeman said.

While in San Francisco, Marc served on the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations including GenesysWorks Bay Area, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, Equality California (EQCA), and San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation (SF CITI). 

A graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in political science, Marc also received his certification in corporate community relations from the John Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College.  A native of downstate Illinois, Marc now resides in Washington, DC.


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We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the best network according to America’s biggest test.** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve over 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.

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