Collectively Working Together to Better our Communities
By: Mark DeGroot
Making time to help others is an invaluable experience. Volunteering benefits those we serve and adds meaning to our daily lives. I am proud of the many hours my AT&T colleagues devote to helping others – not only during National Volunteer Week – but during every other week throughout the year. During this year’s National Volunteer Week, I spent my time supporting the United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln (UCPLL). UCPLL provides comprehensive services to over 600 children and adults with disabilities throughout Central Illinois. Over four days, a group of us completed various activities including helping UCPLL participants with art projects and making the center more beautiful by planting flowers.
Our time with UCPLL is just one example of how AT&T employees volunteered their time. Nearly 600 of my colleagues volunteered during National Volunteer Week across 28 events in 12 cities, collectively volunteering more than 1,600 hours. They spent their time reading to children, cleaning up parks, filling backpacks for the hungry and helping set up summer camps, just to name a few examples. Each of these events undoubtedly had a profound impact on everyone involved. The work we do collectively makes a big difference in communities around the country. It also makes a big difference in each of our own lives – and I for one, am grateful for that.