Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas, Equest, SafeHaven of Tarrant County and the Volunteer Center of North Texas receive Sprint Foundation grants; two local residents recognized for making a positive impact on the community
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), October 14, 2010 - Sprint (NYSE: S) has awarded four Dallas/Fort Worth-area non-profit organizations with Sprint Foundation grants as part of the 2010 Sprint Local Grant Program and the 2010 Sprint Community Champions program. The Sprint Local Grant Program annually awards two $25,000 Sprint Foundation grants to Dallas/Fort Worth-area programs that support Sprint’s focus area of youth development. The Sprint Community Champions Program annually recognizes two outstanding Dallas/Fort Worth-area residents who have made a positive impact on the community with Sprint Foundation grants to qualified non-profit organizations of the honorees’ choice. Grants were presented and Community Champions honored at a local reception last night.
Left to right: Mary Lee Hafley, CEO of SafeHaven of Tarrant County; Michelle Chisholm, Sprint; Mike Stone, former President of the Texas Rangers and Sprint’s Dallas/Fort Worth Community Champion (Photo: Business Wire)
The 2010 grant recipients and Community Champion honorees for Dallas/Fort Worth are as follows:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of North Texas was selected as a 2010 Sprint Local Grant Program recipient and will receive a $25,000 Sprint Foundation grant for its one-to-one mentoring program. The North Texas agency is the largest BBBS chapter in the United States and reaches over 9,000 students annually. Through this program, each student is paired with a volunteer mentor who meets with them at least four hours a month for an entire year. Sprint employee volunteers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area are active participants in the program.
- The Volunteer Center of North Texas was selected as a 2010 Sprint Local Grant Program recipient and will receive a $25,000 Sprint Foundation grant for its Youth Volunteer Corps program. The program has four main goals: engage youth in service projects that are challenging, rewarding and educational; serve the unmet needs of the community and its residents; promote a greater understanding and appreciation of community diversity; and instill a lifetime ethic of service. The program will reach 865 area young people.
- Mansfield resident Mike Stone was selected as the 2010 Sprint Adult Community Champion, and the Sprint Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to his selected charitable organization, SafeHaven of Tarrant County. Stone has been an ardent community volunteer and a devoted supporter of ending domestic violence against women since the late 1970s. Most recently, Stone was selected as recipient of SafeHaven’s Legacy of Men award, which recognizes men in the community who make extraordinary contributions toward ending violence against women.
- Dallas resident Justine Berman was selected as the 2010 Sprint Youth Community Champion, and the Sprint Foundation awarded a $2,500 grant to her selected charitable organization, Equest. Since 2008, Berman has been a devoted volunteer at Equest, an internationally recognized nonprofit which has provided equine assisted therapy for children and adults with physical, mental, emotional and learning disabilities. Berman’s contributions and drive have made a real difference in the quality of the therapy provided by Equest.
This is the second year Sprint has conducted the Sprint Local Giving Program and the Sprint Community Champions Program in Dallas/Fort Worth. To learn more about either program, please visit www.sprint.com/localgiving.
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About the Sprint Foundation
Since its establishment in 1989, the Sprint Foundation has provided more than $110 million to community organizations across the country with a special emphasis on those supporting K-12 education, positive youth development, arts and culture outreach, and Internet safety. Through direct grants and a robust matching-gifts program for employees and retirees, the Sprint Foundation creatively and thoughtfully delivers Sprint’s commitment to championing the communities where Sprint customers and employees live.
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