DENVER, April 9, 2008 – The Qwest Foundation and Qwest employees have shown their Spirit of Service once again to the metro Denver community by pledging $1.4 million during the 2007 Mile High United Way giving campaign. Qwest’s commitment is the largest gift for the 2007-2008 fundraising campaign. The Qwest Foundation’s gift of more than $500,000 will support Mile High United Way’s School Readiness and Youth Success initiatives.
“Qwest is committed to investing in education through unique and enriching programs in our community,” said Teresa Taylor, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Qwest. “We are confident in Mile High United Way’s plan to maximize our gift through youth success initiatives. Qwest’s goal -- through our partnerships with community leaders -- is ensuring that all students are equipped with the skills to successfully graduate from high school,” she added.
“Through its generous contributions to United Ways across the country, Qwest is an invaluable partner in our movement’s work to create opportunities for a better life for all people,” said Brian Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way of America. “Qwest’s record-breaking gift to Mile High United Way will change the lives of thousands of metro Denver’s children and youth who are at risk of dropping out of high school.” 
Mile High United Way’s School Readiness and Youth Success initiatives support a full arc of services for children and youth to ensure that they are successful in school and in life. Mile High United Way’s Five-Year Plan calls for providing 10,000 children with high-quality early care and education programs to ensure that they are ready to succeed when they begin school. The plan also aims to provide mentoring and after-school programs for 78,000 youth to help them overcome obstacles and graduate from high school.
The $1.4 million pledge by Qwest, its employees, and the Qwest Foundation is an increase of more than 7 percent over last year. Nationally, Qwest’s giving to local United Way organizations increased from $4 million last year to $4.2 million this year.
In addition to its financial gift, Qwest employees and retirees volunteered more than 1 million hours of community service in 2007 with a primary focus on pre-K through 12th grade education.

About Qwest

Qwest offers a powerful combination of award-winning broadband, video and voice solutions for residential customers, businesses and government agencies. Customers coast to coast turn to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber optic network to meet their evolving communications and entertainment needs. Qwest employees are the driving force behind the company’s nationally recognized Spirit of Service. Qwest is a participant in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, to provide innovative voice, data and video services, and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by a leading technology industry analyst firm. For more information on Qwest please visit www.qwest.com. For information about the products and services Qwest is offering in the Networx contract, visit www.gsanetworx.com.
About Mile High United Way of Denver

Mile High United Way maximizes the power of collective generosity.  We focus on three related initiatives: School Readiness, Youth Success and Adult Self Sufficiency.  Our mission is achieved when young children from low-income families are prepared to succeed when they begin school, at-risk youth graduate from high school and individuals and families achieve financial stability and independence.  We can do more together.  To learn more visit www.unitedwaydenver.org. Visit our blog and join the conversation.


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