It’s National Volunteer Week (April 23-29), and AT&T is celebrating 27 Mesa-based employees being honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA).
The PVSA recognizes individuals who demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism throughout the year. These AT&T employees who work in Mesa are among 4,288 AT&T employees nationwide to receive this honor. They logged a minimum of 100 service hours last year, with some volunteering more than 500 hours.
“These individuals help our communities through selfless acts every day. Whether it’s mentoring students, cleaning up our parks or feeding the hungry, our employees are giving back,” said Jerry Fuentes, president of AT&T Arizona. “In honor of National Volunteer Week, we congratulate these employees and hope their stories inspire others as much as they inspire us.”
Community service has been an integral part of our company culture for more than 100 years and takes many forms. Victoria Martin, a Mesa resident and AT&T director of business operations, currently serves as the president of the Women of AT&T, an employee resource group that provides networking and volunteer opportunities for its members. In addition to that role, Martin volunteers at local food banks, collects supplies for human trafficking victims and serves as a Florence Crittenton mentor.
“My grandmother used to volunteer a lot and she instilled in me the importance of giving back,” said Martin. “Volunteering also provides me with opportunities to inspire my 10-year-old daughter to give back. She has been fortunate enough to live a very privileged life, unlike my upbringing, so she doesn’t always relate to other people’s plights.”
Moments like these can add up to millions of service hours. All AT&T employees and retirees volunteered more than 5.4 million hours—just in 2016.
“As a Boy Scout, you are taught to leave the place you are hiking or camping in better shape than how you found it. This is why I volunteer, I want to leave the community in better shape than I found it,” said Kevin Larkin, a senior systems administrator at AT&T who volunteers for multiple youth-focused organizations. “I want to be an example to my family, friends and co-workers of the difference we can each make when we are willing to serve others.”
Points of Light administers PVSA, an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service. PVSA celebrates the impact we can all make to better our communities and our world. Every American, youth to seniors, is eligible to receive the honor.
AT&T has recognized employees with the PVSA since 2012. AT&T submits a record of employees’ annual volunteer service hours to be verified and considered for the award.