Team Rubicon to Launch Operations Along the Virginia Beach Corridor
AT&T is committed to supporting Virginia communities. By contributing $200,000 to Team Rubicon in Virginia, AT&T is expanding the organization’s capabilities along the Virginia Beach corridor to respond to disasters across the state. The contribution was announced on March 23 during a special event in Virginia Beach featuring Team Rubicon’s Mobile Training Center.
Team Rubicon is a non-profit disaster response organization that unites the skills and experiences of volunteers, who are primarily military veterans, with first responders and trained volunteers. It rapidly deploys disaster response teams, free of charge, to communities they serve, when needed and supports the ongoing work to maintain and rebuild the communities. Team Rubicon currently maintains a roster of nearly 70,000 volunteers located throughout the United States. Currently, there are 3,000 Team Rubicon volunteers in Virginia and a goal to reach 8,000.
AT&T’s contribution is part of a $1 million commitment to Team Rubicon that included funding for immediate disaster relief in the wake of the most recent disasters, as well as funding for recruitment, training and support of new volunteers around the country.
“Our veterans answered the call to serve their country, and Team Rubicon enables them to answer the call to serve their communities, too,” said Vince Apruzzese, regional vice president for AT&T in Virginia. “Veterans have skills, expertise and demonstrated commitment to helping others that can be put to work in helping communities recover from natural disasters. We’re excited to help Team Rubicon expand its reach in Virginia.”
AT&T’s funding in Virginia will provide for the training and development of hundreds of volunteers along the Virginia Beach corridor, including Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News and Chesapeake.
While Team Rubicon’s primary mission is providing relief to those affected by disasters, the organization also seeks to provide our veterans with three things they lose after leaving the military: a purpose, gained through disaster response; community, built by serving with others; and identity, created by joining a new mission.
"Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads area represent a community of 1.7 million with one of the highest-density veteran populations in the country,” said Nicole Green, vice president, regional operations, Team Rubicon. “AT&T’s support enables Team Rubicon to build a network of trained team members ready to respond during the Atlantic hurricane season and throughout the year.”
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon is a nonprofit organization offering veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. Programs and services are made possible by the support of individual donors, corporate partners, and the dedication of volunteers across the country. To join or support Team Rubicon’s mission, visit www.TeamRubiconUSA.org.
AT&T and Team Rubicon recently announced support from AT&T that will help Team Rubicon expand its disaster response operations in the Virginia Beach corridor. Pictured here (l to r): Vladimir Tamashiro-Loma, Team Rubicon; Cindy Murphy, Team Rubicon; Caroline Tunick, AT&T; Reynaldo Jules, AT&T; Roger Gordon, AT&T; Amber Laughlin, Team Rubicon; and Brian Buhman, Team Rubicon.