As 2020 draws to a close, now is the time to reflect on what a year it has been. Together, we faced unprecedented hardships brought on by a global pandemic, social unrest and a tough election year. In the face of great adversity, Montana continues to work together in the hopes of building a brighter future.
The social distancing guidelines that have helped keep us safe have also left many Montanans feeling more isolated than normal, especially during the holiday season. This year’s festivities may look different from those we have experienced in the past, without hugs, public gatherings, or even visible smiles to warm the last chilly months of the year. As we all continue to do our part, we must find new ways to spread cheer and goodwill to our friends, family, and neighbors. Providing support to those that have been impacted by the effects of COVID-19 seems like a good place to start.
Throughout the past year, AT&T worked diligently to redirect resources where they were needed most, helping to mitigate the rippling effects of the coronavirus. From supporting public safety in our communities to preserving Montana’s unique and vibrant culture, giving back to our beautiful state is a priority for AT&T. Meanwhile, we will continue to deliver on our promise to keep Montana connected and thriving as we continue to navigate this uncharted territory.
We are lucky to live in a time that allows us to remain close to one another when physically, we’re apart. Although this year was far from typical, AT&T’s commitment to statewide connectivity will help keep families in close contact and in the holiday spirit.
Missing and Murder Indigenous Persons Database
Blackfeet Community College partnered with Montana’s Missing Indigenous Person’s Task Force to launch a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Person’s database with the help of a $25,000 Department of Justice federal grant that was matched by an AT&T contribution.1
The database was created in response to the hesitation of the loved ones of missing people to report directly to law enforcement. The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Person’s database will provide a safe, easily accessible online reporting portal and support families throughout the reporting process. Within the next year, all Montana tribal areas will be included in the database, helping to dramatically improve public safety in those areas. The effort was met with enthusiasm from Montana communities and media and was featured in six local papers, two broadcasts, and one radio station.
1 The company contributed $15K and the Foundation contributed $10K of the $25K.
AT&T Supports Paramedicine Education in Montana
In the face of a national crisis, AT&T is investing in education that keeps our communities safe and cared for. Missoula College received a $17,000 contribution from AT&T, providing scholarships for five bright young individuals pursuing degrees in paramedicine. These students will go on to meet health care, public health, and public safety needs in the communities they serve after completing their education. Likewise, AT&T is also supporting public safety in rural Montana. An $18,000 contribution was given to the Montana Community Foundation that supported training opportunities for individuals seeking long-term volunteer work as first responders.
AT&T’s contributions will help to ensure that both urban and rural Montana residents will continue to have access to vital first response in moments of need. These needs, which are more important than ever, are a focus of AT&T national efforts to promote and increase public safety in communities throughout Montana and the United States.
AT&T Continues to Invest in Montana
AT&T is proud to have invested millions in the state and contributed positively to the economy. AT&T has funded nearly $100 million in capital expenditures from 2017-2019. These investments go directly back into Montana’s communities and help increase connectivity and improve service for customers in Montana. .