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Senate Democrats partner with AT&T to Invest in Illinois communities

munozatt102814Each year, Illinois Senate Democrats nominate organizations in their communities as candidates to receive Investing in Illinois awards sponsored by AT&T.

The awards provide much-needed resources and acknowledge organizations that are improving lives in their communities and the state by advancing education, economic growth, new technologies and other essential community services.


MunozATT102814This week, State Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) joined AT&T to present a $2,000 contribution to Casa Catalina Catholic Charities, a food pantry located in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago, for their efforts in improving their community.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to help Casa Catalina in their remarkable efforts to serve their community,” Munoz said. “They offer an array of services that help people in need make ends meet.”

Casa Catalina opened in the early 1990s and has grown in size and the amount of people they serve, from 40 to 350 households weekly. They offer Back of the Yards residents a number of services aside from supplying food. People receive coats, toiletries, diapers, baby formula, school supplies and receive help applying for social programs.

Read a Chicago Tribune article about Casa Catalina

Find out more about Casa Catalina

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) joined AT&T in early October to announce Stepping Stones Treatment & Recovery in Joliet as the winner of an AT&T Investing in Illinois Award.

The Center has been a pivotal force in fighting the heroin epidemic in the South Suburbs.

“There is an undeniable need for treatment centers such as Stepping Stones in our area and throughout the state,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “AT&T’s contribution will help the center provide the exceptional recovery services they are known for and help change the course of patients’ lives.”

Stepping Stones received a contribution of $2,000 from AT&T to support programs to assist individuals in treatment and recovery.

Read about Stepping Stones Treatment & Recovery Center

attsafeplaceEarlier this month, AT&T Illinois joined State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake)to award A Safe Place in Zion an AT&T Investing in Illinois Award.

The $2000 contribution will help A Safe Place with housing services for victims of domestic violence including shelter, transitional and permanent housing.

“The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates that one in every four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime,” said Bush.  “It’s heartening to see organizations like AT&T supporting the life-changing work A Safe Place does for victims of domestic violence.”

Read about A Safe Place

State Senator William Delgado (D-Chicago) joined AT&T at the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy earlier this month to celebrate AT&T’s $1.5 million contribution to RoadTrip Nation and their RTN Experience curriculum.

“I’m honored to share my story with these young students; they are the future leaders of this nation.” Delgado said. “I want them all to understand that, with the proper planning, everyone has the opportunity to do positive and innovative things with their life.”   

RoadTrip Nation is a nonprofit organization that travels the country touting their mission statement to, “get people to participate in the Movement by empowering them to find what they love, contacting people that live a life that inspires them, gather a team to interview those people in order to learn from their stories, and to share these experiences with others.”

Learn about the RTN Experience curriculum

ATT-MartinezThe Institute for Positive Living’s Open Book Program, which seeks to increase literacy and the love of reading in the Logan Square community, also received a $2,000 check from AT&T. State Senator Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) partnered with AT&T and attended the award ceremony.

The company recognized the Institute in a ceremony at Monroe School by presenting it with its Investing in Illinois Award and helping the Open Book Program continue enhancing life in Logan Square.

“I was pleased to help AT&T representatives present the check to this fine organization whose work I’m proud to support,” said Martinez.

AT&T also partners with Illinois Senate Democrats to host other community driven projects such as Senior Technology workshops and the Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium.

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