City of Lincoln
2008 Media Releases
Donation to Help Root Out Poverty in Lincoln
Mayor Chris Beutler and U.S. Cellular helped kickoff May’s National Community Action Program Month with a $35,000 grant to the Lincoln Action Program. The donation will benefit Lincoln Action Program’s Career Advancement Training, which teaches low-income individuals how to find, apply for, secure and retain employment.
National Community Action Program Month was developed in 1997 by the Community Action Partnership to call attention to families living in poverty and share success stories. The Lincoln Action Program has joined forces with other Community Action Programs across America to give local residents a first-hand look at the struggles low-income families face.
“The city of Lincoln is committed to helping low-income families achieve financial security,” Beutler said. “I thank U.S. Cellular for its ongoing support and service to our community. I also want to thank the Lincoln Action Program for working every day to give individuals and families the kinds of services they need to succeed.”
In 2007, U.S. Cellular awarded more than $115,000 in charitable funds and United Way donations to nonprofit organizations serving economically disadvantaged youth, families and seniors throughout Nebraska.
“At U.S. Cellular, we believe that every family has the right to a secure future,” said Christine Paulsen, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Nebraska and southwest Iowa. “Not only do our associates work in Lincoln, but they live here, too. We see how the Lincoln Action Program’s work makes a difference for families in our community.”
The Lincoln Action Program is a private, nonprofit Community Action Agency that works with families and partners to fight poverty and build a stronger community. Through more than 20 different programs, the Lincoln Action Program offers services to individuals and families threatened by poverty.
“In Lincoln alone, more than 33,000 people live below the federal poverty line. U.S. Cellular’s support of our Career Advancement Training program will be invaluable as we help people practice employment skills in both the safe environment of the classroom and real life situations in the community,” said Sue Hinrichs, executive director of the Lincoln Action Program. “With this grant, many individuals will have an opportunity to succeed in the workplace once they solidify job search skills along with attendance and communication skills. The Career Advancement Training program helps make this community a better place to live and work.”
U.S. Cellular is the nation’s sixth-largest wireless service carrier, providing wireless service to 6 million customers in 26 states. The Chicago-based company employs 8,000 associates and operates on a customer satisfaction strategy, meeting customer needs by providing a comprehensive range of wireless products and services, superior customer support and a high-quality network.