SALT LAKE CITY, February 14, 2011- Qwest Communications and its employees raised more than $80,000 to invest in United Way of Salt Lake’s education initiatives. Qwest dollars provide key funding for seven Community Learning Centers throughout Salt Lake, Summit, and Davis Counties.


“Qwest Foundation is proud to partner with the United Way to help solve problems facing our communities,” said Jerry Fenn, Qwest president for Utah. “This is one of many ways that our employees and the company itself invests in our great State. Our employees also volunteer thousands of hours in various communities throughout Utah.”


In addition to pledging payroll deductions, Qwest employees held various special events including pancake breakfasts, opportunity drawings, BBQs and United Way lunches to rally support for United Way of Salt Lake.


“We are grateful to Qwest employees for their leadership and commitment to education in our community,” said Deborah Bayle, president and CEO, United Way of Salt Lake. “Qwest employees have shown what it means to Live United by not just giving generously, but by also spending time volunteering and seeing firsthand how their dollars are making a difference in the communities we serve.”


Community Learning Centers combine the academics of a traditional school with a wide range of important services, supports, and opportunities to promote children's learning and development.  Long-term partnerships with school personnel, students, parents, and community agencies are an integral part of the programs.  Children and their families are offered support and a wide range of opportunities before, during, and after school. Seven Community Learning Centers are currently offering more than 90 different programs from English language and GED classes to gang prevention and dance classes. Over the past six months, Community Learning Center sites have provided services to nearlo:p>


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 Salt Lake is working toward the development of long-term solutions in the areas of education, income, and health. These are the building blocks for a good quality of life – a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health for a more productive life. United Way brings together people and organizations with the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done. We invite everyone to be a part of the change. You can give, you can advocate, and you can volunteer. That’s what it means to Live United. Join the conversation by visiting our blog at or find out more at