Believe Lebanon making impact

AT&T employees in western Virginia have been giving their time, talent and resources to help and support their friends and neighbors.

This spring, they came together to ensure the prom was memorable for local teens.

Emily Castle, an employee in Lebanon, asked her friends to donate their gently used prom dresses that would be given to teens attending Castlewood, Lebanon, and Honaker High Schools. When her colleagues at the AT&T call center in Lebanon heard about her effort, they pitched in to help.

Emily collected 37 dresses - along with shoes and accessories - and delivered them to Russell County Career and Technical Center (a local trade school, where students from Castlewood, Lebanon, and Honaker High School attend).

“When we see the smiles on the girls’ faces, it gives us a tremendous sense of pride, knowing they would have missed the opportunity to attend prom otherwise,” Emily said.

In July, AT&T employees in Lebanon came together again to Celebrate Independence Day and the Town of Lebanon’s Bicentennial, organizing games and activities for attendees. They also handed out 169 bags containing toys and other items area children could use over the summer.

“We were so excited to participate in Lebanon’s – and our nation’s - birthday celebration! The weather was great, and the ability to come together for our friends and neighbors was even better,” said Tony Barton, the call center’s director.

These events in Lebanon are part of a project called Believe LebanonSM, which combines assets and employees to make a positive impact in the community.

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