DENVER, Jan. 15, 2010 – Employees of Qwest Communications (NYSE: Q) and the Qwest Foundation so far have raised a total of more than $80,000 to assist victims of the earthquake in Haiti.  

As of today, Qwest employees have pledged more than $40,000 to several aid organizations including the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Yele Haiti and the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund. The Qwest Foundation is matching the employee donations with a gift of $40,000 to support relief efforts.

 

“The devastation in Haiti is unimaginable, and our hearts go out to those affected by the earthquake,” said Rich Baer, Qwest’s chief administrative officer and president of the Qwest Foundation. “The overwhelming response to the tragedy in Haiti is just another example of how Qwest employees go above and beyond for those in need.”

 

*UPDATE Jan. 27, 2010: Qwest employees have pledged more than $95,000. Along with the Qwest Foundation grant of $40,000, it brings the total contributions from Qwest to more than $135,000.


 

About the Qwest Foundation

The Qwest Foundation's core principle is that investing in people and communities provides lasting value for the future. The Qwest Foundation awards grants to community-based programs that generate high-impact and measurable results, focusing on pre-K through grade 12 education.

 

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