SEATTLE CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) employees, the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation and local citizens recently contributed  more than $740,000 to food banks and schools across the State of Washington through two of its national community relations programs.

The 2016 CenturyLink Backpack Buddies Food Drive, held June 6-17, supported 24 food banks in Washington, generating more than $640,000 to help fight hunger through online donations and a match from the CenturyLink Foundation.

The CenturyLink Teachers and Technology program, which has been offered since 2008, awarded approximately $102,000 to schools in Washington. This program awards grants of up to $5,000 to schools in CenturyLink’s local service areas on behalf of teachers who have developed specific plans to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms.

“We are excited that we have helped food banks stock their shelves just as parents of children on free and reduced-price school lunch programs look to food banks for help, and that we have aided passionate educators in exposing their students to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts in their daily school lives,” said Sue Anderson, CenturyLink’s vice president of operations for Washington. 

Across the country, employees and local communities raised approximately $665,000 as part of the company’s Backpack Buddies Food Drive. To further support the annual drive, the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation contributed $1 million to local food bank beneficiaries based on the amount of donations they received through the online donation site, bringing the total amount donated through the annual food drive to more than $1.6 million. A total of 144 food banks were supported in communities the company serves across the United States. Food banks that offer backpack programs were asked to direct 50 percent of their gifts from the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation to those programs.

The 24 Washington food banks that received the more than $640,000 were:

NAME OF FOOD BANK

COMMUNITY

TOTAL CONTRIBUTION

Auburn Food Bank

Auburn

$                  199

Bonney Lake Community Resources

Bonney Lake

$             64,402

The Bremerton Foodline

Bremerton

$                  937

Greater Chehalis Food Bank

Chehalis

$                  218

Multi-Service Center

Federal Way

$                  870

Food Backpacks 4 Kids

Gig Harbor

$                  896

Backpacks for Kids

Goldendale

$             39,761

Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank

Issaquah

$                  965

Kent Food Bank

Kent

$               1,127

Mercer Island Youth and Family Services

Mercer Island

$                  170

Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank

North Bend

$                  918

Thurston County Food Bank

Olympia

$               5,660

Orting Food Bank

Orting

$                  170

Puyallup Food Bank

Puyallup

$             21,314

Hopelink's Food Bank

Bellevue

$               2,111

Asian Counseling and Referral Food Bank

Seattle

$           172,807

Northwest Harvest

Seattle

$             41,103

Food Lifeline

Shoreline

$               5,079

Second Harvest

Spokane

$             43,495

Sumner Community Food Bank

Sumner

$             21,695

Fish Foodbanks of Pierce County/Edgewood

Tacoma

$               5,202

St. Vincent De Paul

Tacoma

$             11,465

Tukwila Pantry

Tukwila

$               2,197

SHARE, Inc

Vancouver

$           200,204

ALL FOOD BANKS  - WASHINGTON

 

$           642,965

 

Across the United States, more than 1,000 Teachers and Technology grant applications were received and 314 were awarded. Grants were selected based on the impact they will have on students in the classroom and the overall innovation of the project.

In Washington, the 21 schools that received the $120,000 in Teachers and Technology grants were:

NAME OF SCHOOL

COMMUNITY

 

GRANT AMOUNT

Parkview Elementary School

Bellingham

$         5,000

Riverside Middle School

Chattaroy

$         5,000

Riverside Elementary School

Chattaroy

$         5,000

Chimacum Middle School

Chimacum

$         5,000

Dayton Middle School

Dayton

$         5,000

Deer Park Elementary School

Deer Park

$         5,000

Elma Elementary School

Elma

$         4,810

Olympic View Elementary School

Federal Way

$         4,871

Forks High School

Forks

$         5,000

Harbor Heights Elementary School

Gig Harbor

$         4,800

Goldendale Middle School

Goldendale

$         4,999

Harrah Elementary School

Harrah

$         4,999

Nespelem Elementary School

Nespelem

$         5,000

Washington Middle School

Olympia

$         4,934

Burley Glenwood Elementary School

Port Orchard

$         4,897

Stevens Elementary School

Spokane

$         4,811

Valley Christian School

Spokane Valley

$         5,000

Henkle Middle School

White Salmon

$         5,000

Columbia High School

White Salmon

$         5,000

Wallace and Prisicilla Stevenson Intermediate

White Salmon

$         5,000

St. Joseph Marquette Catholic School

Yakima

$         3,000

ALL SCHOOLS - WASHINGTON

 

$     102,121

 

About the CenturyLink Foundation

CenturyLink’s vision is to improve lives, strengthen businesses and connect communities by delivering advanced technologies and solutions with honest and personal service. CenturyLink extends this vision through the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to contributing to endeavors that improve the well-being and overall quality of life for people throughout CenturyLink’s communities. Named after CenturyLink’s founder Clarke M. Williams, the Foundation is endowed by CenturyLink to support community initiatives that encourage our employees to use their time, talents and resources to strengthen the communities in which they live and work.

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

 

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