AT&T: Kinship of Tomahawk receives $2,500 AT&T innovation award to support mentoring programs

Grant Will Support Organization’s Efforts to Provide

Mentors for Youth in Need in Central Wisconsin

TOMAHAWK, Thursday, August 22, 2013 — AT&T Wisconsin announced today that Kinship of Tomahawk has received a $2,500 AT&T Innovation & Investment Award to support youth mentoring programs in Central Wisconsin.

The grant will support Kinship’s mentoring programs that are designed to connect adult volunteers with children ages 5 and older who are in need of a special relationship with an adult who cares. Volunteer mentors spend time with children in the program for at least an hour each week, arranging activities from fishing, baking, and going to a movie.

“We are proud to join AT&T in announcing this grant to support these critical mentorship programs in our community,” said State Representative Mary Czaja (R-Irma). “The work that Kinship does in our community is important to the development of future leaders in our area.”

Kinship of Tomahawk is a nonprofit organization that believes in and promotes the concept of youth mentoring. The organization works to improve lives by establishing quality relationships between individuals and caring volunteers for the purpose of promoting stability, support, friendship and community.

“We appreciate companies like AT&T that have stepped forward to support this initiative and help the youth in our area,” said Patti Hilgendorf, Executive Director of Kinship of Tomahawk. “These programs help forge our community’s future generations, and support like this is critical to that effort.”

The AT&T Wisconsin Innovation & Investment Award program provides funding to organizations and programs that improve the community by: advancing education, enhancing the environment, promoting economic development, or delivering other community services. This is the second year of the new program that is designed to support local organizations that enhance and give back to their communities.

“As a company, AT&T is committed to investing in our communities and helping prepare our young people to be our future leaders,” said Scott VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “We are very proud to support Kinship’s efforts to provide adult mentors who are making a positive difference in the lives of area youth.”

For more information, contact:

Jessica Erickson, AT&T Wisconsin

608-282-7870 (work)

[email protected]