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AT&T makes $10,000 donation to Information Center to help high school students
Posted 8/23/2013
Link www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2013/08/22/news/doc5213cae23e997623955280.txt
 
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 TAYLOR — AT&T joined area officials Monday in presenting a contribution of $10,000 to The Information Center, Inc. at Wayne County Community College’s Downriver Campus.


The contribution will support the Youth Success Program, which helps high school age students and their parents with a website, telephone helpline and resource guides. The program also offers a series of free seminars about dropout risk factors, important steps that can be taken to help prepare for college, understanding college financial assistance and the essentials of job readiness.

The Information Center is a private, non-profit organization that provides information and referral and senior services to residents of southeast Michigan, with the objective to connect people with the human service resources that fit their individual needs.

Edward D’Angelo, president and CEO of the Information Center, said he was appreciative of the support from AT&T.

“We believe that we have a responsibility to help our youth, parents and dedicated teachers by doing all that we can to assist them,” he said. “When we work together and pool our efforts, we encourage more young people to grow and contribute, to find in themselves self-confidence and a path forward to success."

Jim Murray, AT&T Michigan president, said his company was a proud partner in helping area teens for success in life.

 "Efforts like these are incredibly important in reducing the number of students who drop out of high school and increasing the number of diplomas earned both in high school and college,” he said.

Among those in attendance were Jon Peterson, director of AT&T external affairs, State Rep. Doug Geiss (D-Taylor), Taylor Mayor Jeffrey Lamarand, Taylor city councilman Rick Sollars and Tony Arminiak, Wayne County Community College Downriver Campus president.

Geiss, who spoke at the event, said for years the Information Center has linked families in southeast Michigan to vital information and resources.

“I'm pleased that AT&T has recognized the important role that The Information Center plays in Taylor and surrounding communities through their contribution," he said.

 

Taylor school board member Norm Stachulski said seeing AT&T and The Information Center work together for the community made him feel hopeful.

“They are providing new ways and reinventing old ones to help the students as well as the parents,” he said. “The website and 1-800 hotline are at their fingertips. The transition from high school to adulthood is a tough one. I wish this program had existed for me during those years.”

To learn more about the Information Center, Inc. 20500 Eureka Road Suite 110, see the website,
theinfocenter.info

About The Information Center

The Information Center is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization which serves the downriver and surrounding communities. Since 1975, The information Center has provided a community helpline with free comprehensive information and referral services for the general public; assistance to the unemployed; services for seniors and the disabled; support and training for caregivers and personalized assistance understanding eligibility for public benefits and other human services.

— David Komer contributed to this report

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