AT&T helps homeless

Sarah Rogers, Staffer

AT&T is tackling one of the biggest problems that is just steps away from their headquarters in downtown Dallas. AT&T is launching Believe Dallas, an initiative to help the homeless in Dallas, with a special focus on homeless families and veterans. As part of the effort, AT&T will donate more than half a million dollars to homeless service providers and urge its thousands of employees to volunteer and use company resources, such as technology and job fairs, to fight root causes of homelessness.

According to Dallas News, Believe Dallas is a part of AT&T’s larger company-wide initiative, AT&T Believes, which is intended to create positive change in communities. The company previously launched an initiative in Chicago that’s focused on hiring and training people in communities heavily affected by gun violence, and another in New York City to help families protect their children online.

AT&T, the ninth largest company in the country based on revenue, has started other public campaigns. According to Dallas News, AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign encourages people to avoid texting, posting on social media and other phone-related behaviors that cause distracted driving. Employees are encouraged to volunteer through a program called AT&T Aspire. The company has also written generous checks to nonprofits, including a $1 million donation to The Trevor Project, a 24/7 suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ+ youth.

Through donations, corporate resources and volunteering, AT&T wants to reduce the number of homeless individuals in Dallas. It will donate $565,000 to the following local organizations: Genesis Women’s shelter, Downtown Dallas and OurCalling.