We interviewed some of our friends at AT&T Pioneers, one of our amazing 2020 Holiday Wish Drive Sponsors. Read on to learn about their experience volunteering with Family Giving Tree and the importance of giving back.
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Q: How has 2020 been for AT&T Pioneers? What are you looking forward to in 2021? What’s ahead for the company?
A little history about the Pioneers: the group began in 1911. The Pioneers is a network of volunteers in Canada & the United States who effect immediate, tangible change in local communities. It is the world's largest group of industry-specific employees and retirees dedicated to community service.
For the Pioneers as a group, 2020 has been hard since we're a hands-on community service group. Before Covid, AT&T had closed many offices leaving us with less access to active employees for volunteer opportunities and involvement.
Q: Why Family Giving Tree? What do you value most about working with our organization?
FGT shares the Pioneer passion for answering the call of those in need. Our relationship started slowly in the early years of FGT. As the years passed, the Pioneers became more and more involved in many different aspects, allowing more opportunities for volunteering.
(AT&T Pioneers volunteer at the warehouse during our 2018 Holiday Wish Drive.)
Q: What three things do you value most about working with our organization?
Pioneers is a volunteer network. Pioneers values incorporate helping people, finding needs to fill, and being mindful of those needs in all facets of our communities. Our values dictate that we maintain a giving spirit, be compassionate and generous, most especially with our time, and financially when we can. To that end, Pioneers donates millions of volunteer hours annually.
Q: What is your favorite part of our Holiday Wish Drive?
When I get Pioneers to help as a group in the warehouse. It's very popular and in some years I've had to turn Pioneers away because of the slot limit given to groups. I can say Pioneers have probably done every job in the warehouse. The warehouse is also a great way for multi-generations to volunteer together. Children who volunteered when they were in kindergarten are still volunteering now in their twenties. My personal favorite part would be setting up the store and keeping it organized and neat. Unfortunately, this year I wasn't able to volunteer in person because of Covid, but I was able to put health kits together at home. Being able to bring my grandsons to volunteer is also a favorite. My eldest grandson who will be five in February, has three years of experience volunteering in the warehouse. Children are never too young to volunteer and learn to help those in need.
(AT&T Volunteers wrapping gifts at the warehouse in 2018.)
To learn more about AT&T Pioneers, click here to visit their page.
The Family Giving Tree envisions a world where Giving brings joy, offers hope and opens possibilities. By inspiring community kindness, generosity, and volunteerism, The Family Giving Tree fulfills exact holiday wishes and provides backpacks filled with STEAM-based school supplies to those in need. Click here to learn more.