AT&T Pioneers make $5,000 donation to Veterans Resource Center
The AT&T Pioneers met for a Christmas luncheon at Bazen’s Restaurant on Dec. 8. The AT&T Pioneers are a group of people that have retired from AT&T and are a network of volunteers who affect immediate, tangible changes in local communities. This year, the South Carolina Chapter, No. 61 nominated the Veterans Resource Center of Florence for a $5,000 grant from their organization and presented the check to the director at the Christmas party.
The Veterans Resource Center of Florence is a local non-profit organization which assists veterans of the Pee Dee area in seeking and finding entitlements they are eligible for. The VRCF has been located at Lighthouse Ministries since it began operations in April of 2014 and collaborates with many of the non-profit agencies throughout the Pee Dee area. “If we don’t have the answer that veterans need, we will find the answer,” Anderson said.
“We are here to assist veterans and all of us in our organization, donate our time. We also have a small amount of funding that we use to assist veterans with past due utilities and rent, provided they meet our criteria. We operate from local donations and small grants which goes 100% to the veteran.” VRCR will combine the funding received from the Pioneers with another local donation received this year and implement a new project of doing minor repairs to veteran’s houses, noted Anderson.
Many lower income vets do not have the funds to make needed repairs to their homes and many don’t have insurance coverage. Anderson said his group will attempt to find volunteer contractors to do the work while they provide the materials needed. “Without these grants and local donations we would not be able to assist our deserving veterans of the Pee Dee area,” he continued. “Anyone who would like to help us assist veterans, may send a tax deductible donation to VRCF, 201 East Elm Street, Florence, SC, 29506. The phone number is 843-629-0830, ext. 18.