CASA GRANDE, AZ, February 15, 2011 - Qwest Foundation and Qwest employees have raised more than $11,200 to benefit United Way ofPinal County. This marks the seventh year that Qwest employees have run campaigns to support the great work of the United Way.
"Qwest is proud to partner with the United Way to provide needed assistance throughout Arizona," said Jim Campbell, Qwest president for Arizona. “Our employees and our company remain committed to the state of Arizona and its future. We will continue to give our time and talent, as represented by the thousands of hours our employees have invested in various communities across Arizona.”
In addition to pledging payroll deductions, Qwest employees held various special events inclu, breakfast burrito offers and United Way lunches to rally United Way donations.
“We are grateful to Qwest employees for their leadership and commitment to our community,” said Beverly J. Prueter, Executive Director, United Way of Pinal County.
“The Qwest Foundation corporate commitment, this year at its highest at $10,000, is a significant gain for the campaign. Qwest Communications and its employees are greatly appreciated for their support of critical human needs in our county.” A variety of services will be available to residents of Pinal County because of the generosity of others, including home delivered meals for senior citizens, domestic violence shelter and counseling, and youth programming that support a good self esteem. Additional programs include early children and adult literacy services, basic needs such as food, shelter, and utility assistance, support for grandparents raising grandchildren, hot lunch services, and other programs.
About Qwest Foundation
The Qwest Foundation awards grants to community-based programs that generate high-impact and measurable results, focusing on pre-K through 12th grade education.
About United Way
United Way of Pinal County works throughout the county in three primary priority areas:
Education, Income and Health. Through thirteen partner agencies, United Way internal services and collaborative partnerships, services provided have objectives that will insure children are prepared for Kindergarten and that children will succeed in school and life; help families achieve financial stability and improve people’s health and independence. Services funded meet the mission: United Way of Pinal County matches generosity with community needs to promote lasting change in people’s lives. In 2009, over 125,000 people in Pinal County were served by United Way and its partners, which include Community Action Human Resource Agency (CHARA), Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Against Abuse, Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley in Apache Junction, the Tri Community Food Bank in Mammoth, Coolidge Youth Coalition, F.A.I.T.H. Ministries, Seeds of Hope, Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona, Community Alliance Against Family Abuse, East Valley Senior Services, Pinal Gila Council for Senior Citizens, and ACE/Maricopa Partnership for Education.