DENVER, Aug. 31, 2005 ? With millions of Gulf Coast residents impacted by one of the most catastrophic natural disasters in U.S. history, Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) and its employees are stepping in to help. In addition to providing calling cards, disaster training and technical support, Qwest today announced it will match employee donations to the American Red Cross up to a total of $250,000.
?This is a time when people from all over the country come together to help disaster victims get their lives back together,? said Qwest chairman and CEO Richard C. Notebaert. ?Many of our employees have been personally impacted by this tragedy and their selfless commitment to restoring telecommunications services and to helping victims of this tragedy is inspirational. Additionally, many of us are responding through contributions of time and money. Our Spirit of Service is not just a tag line, it?s how we operate.?
?Qwest has been a tremendous partner to the Red Cross over the years and they were one of the first companies we reached out to when we saw the tremendous need,? said James Hamilton, executive director of the American Red Cross, West Service Area. ?We could not complete our mission without the generous help of Qwest and the thousands of companies and individuals who contribute time and money to help victims.?
To date, Qwest is actively involved in the following activities:
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of high-speed Internet, data, video and voice services. With approximately 40,000 employees, Qwest is committed to the ?Spirit of Service? and providing world-class services that exceed customers? expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.