Earlier this year, we asked for your ideas of organizations that AT&T* should consider supporting through a portion of the External Affairs community contributions budget. Not surprisingly, we received many nominations for incredible organizations doing important work in Washington. The nominations were carefully considered and were run through a vetting process to ensure that the organizations met AT&T’s eligibility criteria to receive funding. This took longer than we had anticipated since nominations were received for more than 80 different organizations — which is fantastic! We are pleased to announce the following employee-nominated organizations will receive funding from AT&T in 2017:
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra ($2,500) The Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras is the largest youth orchestra training program in the United States. Each year, it serves about 1,500 students with diverse backgrounds with four full orchestras, 3 summer festival programs, and partnerships with local public schools.
Salmon for Soldiers($1,000) Salmon for Soldiers helps military veterans who suffer from paralysis, post-traumatic stress, brain injuries and other challenges through fishing. Activities help reduce stress while creating new relationships with others who love fishing.
Hand-in-Hand/Safe Place ($1,500) Hand-in-Hand provides care and support for children who have faced trauma, been removed from their home. They also support foster parents and offer services to families in crisis, so that children remain safe.
Camp Prime Time ($1,500) Camp Prime Time is a place where children with a terminal/serious illness or a disability can enjoy the beauty of the mountains with their families.
Na’ah Illahee Fund ($2,500) Na’ah Illahee is a catalyst for Native women and girls. They work with small organizations across the Pacific Northwest to promote Native women and girls as leaders and to strengthen their connections within Native communities and cultures.
Lambert House ($1,000) Lambert House is where life gets better. It is a center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, providing them with daily opportunities to make friends with other young people and with supportive adults.
Each of these organizations have been notified of their award. The nominating employee for each organization will be contacted to schedule a check presentation. We look forward to promoting the great community work accomplished by each of these, as well as the other institutions that receive support from AT&T in Washington. And once again, thank you to everyone who submitted an organization to be considered.
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