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8.22.13 -- Innovation Award to Kinship of Tomahawk

8.22.13 -- Innovation Award to Kinship of Tomahawk

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Jessica Erickson, AT&T Wisconsin608-282-7870 (work)608-692-5340 (cell) jessica.erickson@att.com 
Kinship of Tomahawk Receives $2,500 AT&TInnovation 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 Tomahawkhas received a $2,500 AT&T Innovation & Investment Award to support youth mentoring programs inCentral Wisconsin.
The grant will support Kinship’s mentoring programs that are designed to
connect adult volunteers withchildren 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 fromfishing, 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 communityis 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 youthmentoring. The organization works to improve lives by establishing quality relationships between individualsand caring volunteers for the purpose of promoting stability, support, friendship and community.
―We appre
ciate 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 forgeour 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 andprograms that improve the community by: advancing education, enhancing the environment, promotingeconomic development, or delivering other community services. This is the second year of the new programthat 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 tosupport Kinship’s efforts to provide adult mentors
who are making a positive difference in the lives of area
youth.‖

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