– BellSouth and TCGA partner to get refurbished computers in the hands of students and families in need –
ATLANTA – July 6, 2006 – BellSouth (NYSE: BLS) announced today that the BellSouth Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to TECH CORPS Georgia, Inc. to support high school students and their families in getting access to the technology they need to succeed. TECH CORPS Georgia (TCGA) is a nonprofit organization, based in Atlanta, that provides computers and training to children and families in lower-income communities and to the nonprofits that serve those communities.
"Computer resources that no longer meet the needs of a business or an individual can still prove to be a valuable tool when put in the right hands" said Ron Frieson, president - BellSouth Georgia. "Through our partnership with TECH CORPS Georgia, BellSouth is able to offer donated computers and training to students and their families who may not otherwise have an opportunity to own a personal computer."
In partnership with TECH CORPS Georgia, BellSouth employees and other volunteers will refurbish computers from BellSouth as well as the larger community. Every year, thousands of retired computers and electronics are discarded into landfills. BellSouth's goal is to make sure that reusable equipment ends up in the hands of those in need.
"We are pleased that BellSouth has joined the effort to promote responsible reuse of computers to benefit individuals in our community who want, but may not be able to afford technology," said Niyati Desai, Director, TECH CORPS Georgia. "BellSouth's financial commitment, coupled with the time, energy and talent of their volunteers, will allow us to expand our reach and provide valuable technology resources to more people in the community."
Working with TECH CORPS Georgia, as well as Hands On Atlanta, BellSouth volunteers train students and their families on basic computer skills. Those who successfully complete training receive a donated, refurbished computer. This volunteer program builds on the success of BellSouth's partnership with the Carver School of Technology. Both programs are components of the BellSouth 20/20 Vision for Education initiative which is designed to bring technology-based learning opportunities to select communities in the BellSouth region. For more information about BellSouth 20/20 Vision for Education, visit www.bellsouth.com/foundation.
TCGA accepts donated personal computers, monitors, printers, scanners (and related equipment) at its Free Bytes Computer Recycling and Refurbishment Program located at 229 Margaret Street in Atlanta. For information on becoming a volunteer, making a cash donation, or making an equipment donation, contact TCGA at (770) 987-4587 or visit http://www.techcorpsga.org.
About the BellSouth Foundation
The BellSouth Foundation is an endowed trust of BellSouth Corporation that is devoted to education in the South. Since its creation in 1986, the Foundation has funded over 600 grants and operated numerous special initiatives, with a total investment of more than $60 million. For more information about the BellSouth Foundation, please visit www.bellsouth.com/foundation.
About BellSouth Corporation
BellSouth Corporation is a Fortune 500 communications company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. BellSouth has joint control and 40 percent ownership of Cingular Wireless, the nation's largest wireless voice and data provider with 55.8 million customers.
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