CenturyLink’s Women Empowered Group Shoe Drive

(August 31, 2020) – Throughout the month of August, for the 14th consecutive year, CenturyLink’s Women Empowered employee resource group (ERG) is collecting and distributing new shoes for the children of Warren Village. Every summer, Warren Village sends a list of shoe needs to the CenturyLink Women Empowered resource group who has a team collecting new shoes donated by employees at five different Denver-based CenturyLink locations. Since the inception of the program in 2006, CenturyLink has collected more than 2,750 shoes and donated about $453,350 in hours.

“Women Empowered, is a dedicated group of CenturyLink employees supporting our members in discovering and claiming their personal power and progressing women forward,” said Kristen Vitale, CenturyLink Women Empowered chapter president. “The Warren Village shoe drive gives us an opportunity to provide a needed service to a local organization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty, while encouraging community giving and teamwork among CenturyLink employees.”

This year, Warren Village children are receiving the shoes in stages by family, rather than at a collective event, to adhere to COVID-19 safety guidelines.

“The long-standing partnership with CenturyLink has allowed us to make a real impact on children and families for many years,” said Ethan Hemming, Warren Village president & CEO. “Many of us remember the excitement of a new pair of shoes at the start of a school year. While this year’s school year may look different to many, this tradition of seeing the business community come together to give back is integral to the Warren Village culture. We look forward to it every year.”

Read more about the CenturyLink Shoe Drive and its founder, Susan Williams, in our Summer 2019 issue of The Villager (page 4).

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a technology leader delivering hybrid networking, cloud connectivity, and security solutions to customers around the world. Through its extensive global fiber network, CenturyLink provides secure and reliable services to meet the growing digital demands of businesses and consumers. CenturyLink strives to be the trusted connection to the networked world and is focused on delivering technology that enhances the customer experience. Learn more at http://news.centurylink.com/


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