Here’s a good thing: the AT&T call center (the call center formerly known as Cingular) is helping a local church develop a community center by donating 13 computers and encouraging its employees to volunteer there. From the Advertiser article:
The new computer lab, donated by the AT&T Call Center of Lafayette, will help empower at-risk teens, ex-offenders and undereducated or unemployed adults.
“After you get their minds together, then you want to get them the skills,” said Phylissa Driver, area manager for AT&T. “There’s a real shortage of hirable people here for employers. We’ll take those who aren’t hirable and make them hirable.”
Free computer access is there for people to develop job-search skills, résumés and career goals. Driver will teach free classes about interviewing, dress and mapping out career goals. Other AT&T Call Center staff also will teach on their own time, Driver said.
This is just the sort of thing that demonstrates some real concern for a company’s neighbors just down the road. Hats off to the AT&T call center.