DALLAS – AT&T Friday gifted nine Dallas area agencies that help Black and underserved communities a half million dollars to help their cause. The contribution is part of a $10 million dollar employee giveaway to improve the communities in which the company does business.
AT&T Vice President for External Affairs Mike Peterson says the George Floyd, and other issues of this year drove home the need to address racial inequities in the Dallas and other communities. To that end, the “Dallas Violence interrupter Partners:, “For Oak Cliff’ and “The Real Estate Council” are among the recipients of this year’s Dallas area gift.
AT & T says today’s half a million dollar grant is part of the company’s ongoing Believe DallasSM intitative, to help prevent and mitigate homelessness. The company quotes the Census Bureau as stating Black/African American individuals comprise 13% of the American population, but account for more than 40% of the national homeless population. In Dallas, the company says the numbers are even more “staggering”: 67% of the homeless population is Black. AT &T says it’s hopes is the $500,000 contribution will help alleviate some of these inequities.
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