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How Truist Foundation Helped Black-Owned Businesses Stay Afloat During the Pandemic

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An organization founded to support Black businesses.    Like many Black-owned business owners during the pandemic, Phylisa Dever, CEO of Kingdom Communications LLC, was unsure how long she would be able to retain her staff. Kingdom Communications LLC is a Black-owned business that has been providing data communications and surveillance installation services for 15 years. Due to the pandemic, operating costs were increasing, and Dever didn’t know how long she could keep making payroll. Dever reached out to Black Business Investment Fund, Inc. (BBIF) for assistance. Established in 1987, BBIF is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) built to foster the creation and expansion of Black businesses by providing loans, education, and training services. For Dever, it meant working with BBIF to acquire a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan to support business longevity and employee retention.    “We got our Paycheck Protection Program loan through BBIF, which helped me because I’ve been able to pay my employees every week since the pandemic started and that came right at a time when I needed it most. Thanks to BBIF, I didn’t have to miss a pay date.” According to federal data, minority-owned businesses were rejected or unable to access the first round of loans at a significantly higher rate than white owned business. Without CDFIs, these minority-owned businesses would not have been able to receive the support they needed. “ BBIF helps to close the racial wealth gap for Black businesses,” said Danielle St. Luce, Director of “BBIF solves for racial inequality when it comes to economics and finances for the Black community. Development at BBIF. “We focus on Black businesses and aggressively go after dollars that we can put into Black communities to support Black entrepreneurs, businesses, workforce and community development and to stop gentrification.” “BBIF helps to close the racial wealth gap for Black businesses,” said Danielle St. Luce, Director of Development at BBIF. “We focus on Black businesses and aggressively go after dollars that we can put into Black communities to support Black entrepreneurs, businesses, workforce and community development and to stop gentrification.” BBIF was able to quickly provide help because of a grant it received from the Truist Foundation. A long-standing relationship provides funds. With a mission to strengthen small businesses, Truist Foundation gave BBIF – a long standing partner - a $1.5 million grant to create a COVID-19 small business grant program for existing BBIF clients. “As a CDFI, we have to raise debt and capital dollars in order to provide funding to our clients” said Jasmine Gebon, VP Strategic Initiatives at BBIF. “It is really meaningful to have the Truist Foundation, a longtime partner, understand the intricate challenges of the work we do and provide an equity injection that allows for us to impact more Black, minority and underserved small businesses in our region.” The new BBIF program directly allocates funds to its small and micro business clients most impacted by the pandemic.  “A lot of our clients are in the service industry and were severely impacted by lockdowns,” St. Luce said. “We knew they wouldn't be able to pay back a loan and needed a grant, so we built a COVID-specific grant that would help small business owners pay for rent, utilities, staff needs and personal protective equipment (PPE).” BBIF has also been able to use the Truist Foundation grant to expand its technical assistance arm, which trains small business owners to develop skills in software, technology, and business operations. The expansion will allow the program to offer a webinar series to new business owners that brings them expertise and advice from established consultants. “We’re excited to embrace this partnership that supports such an impactful CDFI,” said Lynette Bell, President of Truist Foundation. “BBIF shares our vision to support underserved communities and provide a sustainable source of funding for racially and ethnically diverse and women-owned businesses that haven't had access to the traditional lending market in the past.” Beyond pandemic grants. Truist Foundation and BBIF’s partnership has existed since the founding of BBIF. “SunTrust now Truist has been a committed partner since BBIF’s inception in 1987,” said Inez Long, President/CEO of BBIF. “This grant demonstrates the bank’s continued commitment to invest and support the growth and sustainability of Black businesses. I value and applaud Truist’s leadership, and I look forward to our continued partnership and collaborative work to make equitable investments into the African American community.”  Truist also sits on BBIF’s Community Development Committee, which has allowed BBIF to stay on track and on mission. “I am the staff liaison to one of the boards for our Community Development Committee, and our Truist partners that are on those boards play a crucial role in our new initiatives,” said Rhema Nnadi, Director of Marketing at BBIF. “For example, we have a webinar series that we're in the process of producing, so Truist will come on as a subject matter expert around financial literacy, which will be broadcasted directly to underserved minority communities.” The relationship with Truist Foundation has helped BBIF expand its impact throughout the state of Florida. “Truist Foundation has been instrumental to our growth and, consequently, instrumental to the impacts we've had in the community in the state of Florida,” said Nnadi. “Truist Foundation and BBIF will continue to work together to get capital into the hands of Black business owners.” Truist Foundation aims to build career pathways to economic mobility, which is why we’re proud to support organizations that provide employment opportunities for low-income individuals. Click here for more stories about the work we’re doing. About Truist Foundation The Truist Foundation is committed to Truist Financial Corporation’s (NYSE: TFC) purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities. Established in 2020, the foundation makes strategic investments in nonprofit organizations to help ensure the communities it serves have more opportunities for a better quality of life. The Truist Foundation’s grants and activities focus on leadership development, economic mobility, thriving communities and educational equity.  Learn more at Truist.com/Purpose/Truist-Foundation. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Truist on 3blmedia.com

July 30, 2021 11:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Helping Small Businesses Post-Pandemic

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Small businesses were among the hardest hit during the pandemic, facing higher rates of store closures, layoffs, and financial hardships. In a recent survey of Klarna’s small business partners, 44% noted the biggest challenge their business faced as a result of COVID-19 was loss of revenue, 36% said the greatest concern facing their business over the next 6 months will be finding new customers, and 48% revealed the area they plan to make the biggest investment in is digital marketing. Recently, Global Head of Business Marketing at Klarna, Stephanie Paturzo, participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss the challenges small business face and a new initiative that is looking to help. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/Pyjnz2UVoys The past year has been really tough for small businesses. Many are struggling from loss of revenue, inability to fulfill orders, and pivoting their e-commerce platforms. But good news - the market and these businesses are primed for recovery - the majority of small businesses noted that their biggest focus over the next 6 months will be finding new customers. That requires massive investment in time and resources, which small businesses might not have. Klarna wants to help them thrive and build their own recovery. Klarna, a leading global retail bank, recently launched their Klarna Small Business Impact Initiative. With this initiative, they are providing 100 small businesses across the country $4.5M in free services; that means Buy Now Pay Later services to increase sales and free marketing to help them find new customers. As a global payments provider and shopping service, Klarna has a network of nearly 20 million shoppers in the U.S. and 250,000 retail partners worldwide. With Klarna, small businesses are enabling customers to shop with more control and flexibility. Businesses who want to work with Klarna can go to klarna.com/business. To shop at these small businesses, customers can download the Klarna app on their phones. About Stephanie Paturzo: Stephanie is Global Head of Business Marketing at Klarna, where she focuses on awareness, engagement, and acquisition of merchant partners. She has spent the last 10 years working in retail and technology, developing multi-channel campaigns, dynamic partnerships, and brand strategies. With experience in both business and consumer marketing, Stephanie feels most passionate about B2H (business-to-human), emphasizing brand love, experience, and loyalty at the core of strategies. Previously, Stephanie led brand marketing and partnerships for WeWork during its hyper-growth period, and spent time at Bloomingdale’s and Michael Aram, a luxury home-decor brand. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

July 30, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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A Box for Every Lifestyle: Tips on How to Be Prepared on the Go

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What if you could discover new products that cater to your interests, but also support small businesses? Bespoke Post partners with under-the-radar brands so you can discover the coolest selection of goods and gear while supporting emerging brands and small manufacturers. Recently, the Host of Dailyburn 365 and BYUTV’s Battle of the Ages, JD Roberto, teamed with Bespoke Post and YourUpdateTV on a satellite media tour to talk about the Bespoke Post concept and tips on how to be prepared on the go. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/oG2BDWlDE2g Bespoke Post was founded with a mission to work with small brands and help them establish themselves in the industry, and approximately 90% of the products they sell come from small businesses. By being a member, you can discover the coolest selection of goods and gear while supporting emerging brands and small manufacturers. And Bespoke Post negotiates on behalf of their community to deliver quality goods at an affordable price—each box is priced at $45 but filled with usually $70+ in value. From outdoor gear, apparel, or to trying new food and drink recipes, there is a box that caters to all these categories and more. Some of their most popular boxes include: Weekender, Flip, Aged and Over Easy. The concept of Bespoke Post is to create subscription boxes around a central theme that will introduce people to something new. All they need to do is take a quick preference quiz and they’ll be assigned a ‘Box of Awesome’ each month with curated products that fit their lifestyle. Members also have the option to skip or swap their shipment anytime, at no cost. Bespoke Post subscription boxes and e-commerce services are available at bespokepost.com. About JD Roberto: JD Roberto is a two-time Emmy nominated TV personality, writer, director, and producer. JD is currently the host of BATTLE OF THE AGES, a new family-oriented game show on BYUtv. He is also Executive Producer and Host of the ground breaking DAILY BURN 365 (Emmy® nomination) – where he's helping lead a revolution in fitness and digital streaming. Music lovers can catch JD hosting SONG POP LIVE a daily, app-based music game show based on the wildly popular music trivia app. You can also find him streaming the latest in tech, outdoor, and kitchen gear on AMAZON LIVE. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

July 30, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Sands Announces 2021 Drop by Drop Project Grant Recipients

Las Vegas Sands

Launched in 2020, the  Drop by Drop Project, from  Sands ECO360  and our long-time partner  Clean the World, has supported an initial cohort group of three organizations dedicated to protecting one of our most precious resources: Water.  Seven Clean Seas  is a Singaporean social enterprise that designed a floating river plastic collection system to prevent plastic ocean pollution at the source, unveiling it to more than 7,000 people during a virtual event.  Get Outdoors Nevada  operate a program to equip educators to teach their students about wetlands, watersheds and water conservation. Finally, the  University of Saint Joseph Macao  is currently studying the ecosystem service benefits provided by mangrove forests to the highly urbanized territory of Macao Special Administrative Regions (SAR). Even as the 2020 grant recipients continue their vital work, we can now announce that two organizations have been selected as Drop by Drop Project recipients for 2021: University of Saint Joseph Macao will continue their vital research with continued support from Sands, while  Conservation International  is a brand new program participant. University of Saint Joseph Macao: Wetland ecosystems as a nature-based solution to climate change Returning Drop by Drop Project participant University of Saint Joseph (USJ) Macao will continue their work on studying the carbon capture and flood mitigation power of mangroves, focusing in 2021 on the potential of wetland ecosystems as a nature-based solution for climate change adaptation and mitigation in Macao. “We’re making great strides in our research,” said Professor Karen Tagulao, principal investigator at the Institute of Science and Environment at USJ. “The continued funding from Sands Cares and the Drop by Drop Project will help us better understand how mangroves can be instrumental as a nature-based solution for climate change.” The academic, research- and study-based portion of the project will be complemented by community-based activities in order to raise awareness on the importance of wetlands for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Conservation International Singapore: Marine conservation virtual learning series Conservation International Singapore works to build a comprehensive environmental education program for youth of all ages, from primary school students to post-graduates. “Singapore’s next generation, and youth all around the world, must be geared up for the battle against the climate crisis. This fight requires collective, global action, and everyone has the power to make a difference,” said Sze Zen Wong, Partnerships Manager of Conservation International Singapore. With their Drop by Drop funding, the organization will develop, produce and launch a series of virtual learning resources on marine conservation to build awareness of the importance of safeguarding the planet’s ocean and of the link between doing so and protecting the wellbeing of people around the world. “Our innovative approach using compelling storytelling focused on marine conservation will support educators and students, inspiring a sense of pride in our marine ecosystems and empowering them to protect the ocean.” Look to our Sands social media pages and Sands Confidential for more updates on the Drop by Drop Project participants as they progress through their important work. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Las Vegas Sands on 3blmedia.com

July 30, 2021 10:31 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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From the Fifth Third Bank 2020 ESG Report: Empowering Customers

Fifth Third Bancorp

The enduring truth about Fifth Third Bank is that our success is a product of our customers’ success. G. Carlton Hill, who was president of the Fifth Third Union Trust Company from 1955 to 1963, often said, “We never allow ourselves to forget that it is ‘other people’s money,’ which is entrusted to us. Nor have we lost sight of the fact that the people whom we serve—their problems, their needs, their well-being—are our paramount concern.” It’s from this legacy that we at Fifth Third strive to be the best relationship bank—the One Bank people most value and trust—because from relationships come growth and the achievement of shared goals. We want to provide the products, services and experiences that enable our customers to live their best lives. Today, consumers have many options for establishing their financial accounts. This includes neobanks—those financial technology, or fintech, firms that offer internet-only financial services without physical branches—as well as the large trillionaire banks, where individual consumers can often get lost in the shuffle. As a traditional bank, we keep our customers at the center of everything we do. We know our customers and build strong relationships with them, which provides us with in-depth insight into their needs. Our digital transformation focuses on fulfilling those needs and enables us to offer a unique combination of products and solutions, which are tailored to meet different consumer segments, alongside our local presence and the relationship benefits of a community bank. We offer three primary banking programs for consumers: Fifth Third Express Banking®* Fifth Third Momentum® Banking Fifth Third Preferred Banking These programs are much more than just a checking account; each enables our customers to actively manage and meet the needs of their financial lives, in whatever way they wish to do so. Fifth Third Momentum® Banking perfectly illustrates our digital transformation. It’s a fundamentally new approach to personal banking, launched in 2021, made to help customers manage money with confidence, protect their identity and finances, earn great rewards, and grow their savings. The first of its kind, Fifth Third Momentum® Banking brings the best of fintech innovation together with traditional banking security, reliability and personal touch to equip customers to make smart financial decisions both big and small. “Fifth Third Momentum® Banking offers an experience you cannot get at a digital bank or a big brick and mortar bank,” said Melissa Stevens, head of digital and marketing for Fifth Third Bank. “Fifth Third Momentum® Banking is another way we are here for customers, both on their mobile devices and in their communities.”  It delivers an integrated solution for our customers’ everyday banking needs, helping customers get paid, pay bills, pay others and save for the future. With Fifth Third Momentum® Banking, there is no monthly service fee, customers have access to the largest U.S. bank network of fee-free ATMs, and they can open their accounts digitally—without making a call or visiting a branch. In addition, it provides options to Fifth Third Momentum® Checking customers, including: Free access to paychecks up to two days early Getting an advance on a future direct deposit Immediate funds availability with mobile check deposits Added time to make a deposit and avoid overdraft fees Fraud protection Fifth Third Cash/Back Card Fifth Third Momentum® Checking customers can also set up personalized savings goals and schedule savings deposits through a Fifth Third Momentum® Savings account.  However, unlike digital bank offerings, Fifth Third Momentum® Banking also has local bankers ready to help customers; and we make it easy to reach them by chat, scheduling an in-person or phone meeting via the app or online banking, or by simply walking into one of our nearly 1,100 local branches. Since Fifth Third was founded over 160 years ago, empowering our customers to achieve what matters most to them has been at the heart of what we do. Today, as customers’ needs evolve, we’re uniquely positioned to serve them by delivering tailored, digital solutions that meet their on-demand expectations and lifestyles, while providing the human connection and expert guidance that makes for lasting, rewarding relationships for both our customers and Fifth Third. “With Fifth Third Momentum® Banking, we know we have a winning proposition to meet our customers’ every day financial needs,” said Tim Spence, president, Fifth Third Bancorp. “This is a game changer. It allows us to serve our customers in an entirely different way.” More about Fifth Third Momentum® Banking, and the other programs, Express and Preferred, is available at 53.com. The full 2020 ESG Report is also available online.    View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Fifth Third Bancorp on 3blmedia.com

July 30, 2021 10:18 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Always® and Walmart Continue to Team Up with Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast Laurie Hernandez and Support the Women's Sports Foundation to #KeepHerPlaying

P&G

CINCINNATI, July 30, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Always and Walmart are taking action, in partnership with the Women’s Sports Foundation, to help girls stay in sports by highlighting the important life skills that come from continued participation through puberty. To further rally society to #KeepHerPlaying, they are continuing their partnership with Olympic gold medal gymnast Laurie Hernandez and enlisting social media influencers to share firsthand accounts of how sports have had a positive impact on their lives. Research has shown that nearly half of girls in the U.S. drop out of sports during puberty 1  and an engaged support system plays a critical role in ensuring girls feel encouraged to stay in sports 2. “I am grateful for the continuing support from my family and coaches in making my most recent choice to withdraw for the final selection process for the Tokyo Olympics due to my knee injury. Without their encouragement and the perseverance I learned in the gym, it would have been difficult to come to this decision,” says Hernandez. “I am determined to keep training and excited to continue my partnership with Always and Walmart to encourage girls to stay in sports, so they too, can develop the important skills that will help become whoever they want to be in life.” The survey, conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Always, found that 66% of women who played sports during puberty credit it for helping them become who they are today and nearly 75% of people believe playing sports during puberty has a positive impact on future career success 1. To help provide access and opportunity to puberty-aged girls, Always have awarded a total of $500,000 in financial grants to organizations and schools across the country that provide access, opportunity and encouragement for puberty-aged girls in sports. The organizations and schools were selected in partnership with the Women’s Sports Foundation, a national organization that believes one of the most meaningful ways to make an impact in the world of sports is to foster sustainable change in local communities that benefits current and future generations of female athletes. The #KeepHerPlaying Youth Grants will be used in a variety of ways to create equitable and accessible spaces for girls up to the age of 18, from renovating facilities and upgrading equipment to enhancing accessibility for those with varying abilities and expanding services to reach more girls in the community. “Tennis is a sport that has high economic barriers to entry and is often perceived to be an upper-class sport,” says Sloane Stephens, the Founder of Sloane Stephens Foundation in Studio City, California. “Thanks to the #KeepHerPlaying youth grant, we will be able to start eradicating these barriers so that our girls can be exposed to the benefits of a lifelong sport. With support from these funds, our year-round programs will continue to operate without gaps to prevent any vulnerable periods of downtime, and we will be able to construct permanent lighting on court to improve safety and accessibility.” Listed below are the non-profit schools and non-profit organizations who have been selected to receive a portion of the #KeepHerPlaying Youth Grant: Angel City Sports, Los Angeles, CA (Goalball and Para-Rowing) Biltmore Preparatory Academy, Phoenix, AZ (Softball) Boys and Girls Club of Benton County, Bentonville, AR (Volleyball, Basketball and Flag Football) Challenged Athletes Foundation, San Diego, CA (Adaptive Track & Field) First Tee of Northwest Arkansas, Lowell, AR (Golf) Hudson River Community Sailing, New York, NY (Sailing) Memphis Inner City Rugby, Memphis, TN (Rugby) MS 363 Lady Lions, Bronx, NY (Basketball) Sloane Stephens Foundation, Studio City, CA (Tennis) Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation, New York, NY/Detroit, MI (Gymnastics) To learn more about the girls positively impacted by the grants, visit  Walmart.com/Always. To help Always and Walmart keep more girls in sports: ENCOURAGE the girls around to you to keep playing. You can use  these tips  for inspiration. SHARE how sports have helped you using the Always Instagram Story template and tagging @Always_brand and #KeepHerPlaying to trigger a donation to the YMCA to help more girls stay in the sports that keep them confident.3 PURCHASE a pack of Always at Walmart between 7/1/21 - 7/31/21 to also trigger a donation to the YMCA.4 Together we can help #KeepHerPlaying so that she can become whoever she wants to be. About Always Always®, the world's leader in menstrual protection, offers a wide range of pads, wipes and liners designed to fit different body types, period flows and preferences. For over 35 years, Always has been empowering millions of girls globally through puberty and confidence education, providing products to those in need and tackling societal barriers to their confidence through the Always #LikeAGirl movement. Together, Always believes we can create a world where neither periods nor gender get in the way of young people reaching their full potential. Please visit  www.always.com  for more information. About Women’s Sports Foundation The Women’s Sports Foundation exists to enable girls and women to reach their potential in sport and life. We are an ally, an advocate and a catalyst. Founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, we strengthen and expand participation and leadership opportunities through research, advocacy, community programming and a wide variety of collaborative partnerships. The Women’s Sports Foundation has positively shaped the lives of millions of youth, high school and collegiate student-athletes, elite athletes and coaches. We’re building a future where every girl and woman can #KeepPlaying and unlock the lifelong benefits of sport participation. All girls. All women. All sports.® To learn more about the Women’s Sports Foundation, please visit  www.WomensSportsFoundation.org. 1  One Poll ’21. Quantitative nationally representative U.S. sample. n=3000. 2  Zarrett et al., 2019 – Women’s Sports Foundation 3  Always will donate five cents to the YMCA for every filled in Instagram story template that tags @always_brand and #KeepHerPlaying between 7/1/21 – 10/31/21. 4  Always will donate five cents per pack of Always period pads or Tampax tampons purchased at Walmart between 7/1/21 – 7/31/21 to the YMCA. Dani Brady Dani.Brady@MSLGroup.com Source: Procter & Gamble View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from P&G on 3blmedia.com

July 30, 2021 10:17 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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International Paper Shares 2020 Highlights From Global FoodBanking Network Partnership

International Paper Company

International Paper is proud to continue to work with The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) to eliminate hunger and food waste around the world. The collaboration will help to achieve International Paper’s Vision 2030 goal to impact the lives of 100 million people in our communities. International Paper is in its third year of supporting GFN through a 4-year, $1 million commitment. In 2020, this commitment helped GFN to support 174 food banks across Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Poland, Spain and Italy, distributing 250 million kilograms of food to more than six million people in need. Last year, International Paper enhanced its commitment to alleviating hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic through a donation of two million corrugated boxes to hunger relief organizations around the world. This donation included GFN-supported food banks in Brazil, Colombia, France, Italy, Mexico, Spain and Turkey. GFN supports community-driven solutions to alleviate hunger in more than 40 countries. While millions struggle to access enough safe and nutritious food, nearly a third of all food produced is lost or wasted. They’re working to change that. GFN believes food banks guided by local leaders are key to achieving Zero Hunger and building resilient food systems. By joining forces and continuing to work with GFN, International Paper can make a true and lasting difference in the global communities in which it operates. To learn more about GFN, visit https://www.foodbanking.org. Learn more about International Paper’s collaborations and how they are driving progress toward the company’s Vision 2030 goals here. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from International Paper Company on 3blmedia.com

July 30, 2021 10:16 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Verizon Frontline Supporting Arizona First Responders Battling Wildfires

Verizon

Verizon Frontline technology has been delivered to 14 locations in Arizona by the Verizon Response Team (VRT) to help enable mission-critical communications in remote areas as first responders battle wildfires throughout the state. The VRT is supporting, or has supported, interagency fire management teams in their efforts to combat 11 wildfires in Arizona. Verizon Frontline is the advanced network and technology built for first responders, developed over three decades of partnership with the public safety community. PHOENIX, July 30, 2021 /3BL Media/ -  Verizon Frontline  recently deployed its advanced public safety platforms and technology, via the  Verizon Response Team (VRT), to support first responders battling wildfires throughout Arizona.  Collaborating with interagency officials, the VRT delivered Verizon Frontline technology, including a Satellite Pico-cell on a Trailer (SPOT) to the site of the Backbone fire and another to the site of the Horton fire, to provide mission-critical voice and data service to public safety professionals as they combated fires throughout the state. Verizon Frontline technology was also distributed to interagency command posts across Arizona, to help enable coordination efforts as first responders battled 11 wildfires. This technology included repeaters, routers, mobile hotspots and smartphones. This VRT support, provided at the request of the local public safety officials, is a continuation of Verizon Public Sector’s commitment to working alongside our partners in public safety and government. Verizon Frontline  is the advanced network and technology built for first responders – developed over nearly three decades of partnership with public safety officials and agencies – to meet their unique needs. From network priority and preemption and a commitment to real interoperability, to developing and delivering the most innovative product roadmap, Verizon Frontline is built on America’s most reliable network1, and will be able to harness the transformative power of 5G 1. The VRT provides on-demand, emergency assistance during crisis situations to government agencies, emergency responders, nonprofits and communities on a 24/7/365 basis. VRT members set up portable cell sites, WiFi hotspots, free charging stations and other devices and solutions that enable communications and/or boost network performance. 1  RootMetrics® US RootScore® Report: 2H 2020. Tested nat’l operators on all available all network types. Experience may vary. Award is not endorsement. 5G Nationwide available in 2700+ cities. 5G Ultra Wideband available only in part of select cities. Media contact(s) Eric Durie eric.durie@verizon.com View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Verizon on 3blmedia.com

July 30, 2021 09:36 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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American Airlines Education Foundation Invests in Employees' Children With Nearly $1.2 Million in College Scholarships

American Airlines

FORT WORTH, Texas, July 30, 2021 /3BL Media/ — The American Airlines Education Foundation awarded $1,161,500 in scholarships to 425 children of team members this year, the largest amount ever distributed. Each recipient was awarded a $2,500 scholarship, with 99 first-generation college students each getting an additional one-time award of $1,000. “Our family has invested a great deal in our daughter’s education, and, as most parents know, it’s not always easy,” said Vera Velitchkova, a Premium Customer Service Agent in Phoenix. “For the last four years, American has shared that investment with us by making it more affordable. Being around airplanes inspired my daughter, Lorena, from a young age, and now she’s pursuing her dream of someday working in the aerospace industry. She’s worked so hard, and we’re so thankful that American recognizes that, too.” In previous years, students were recognized at an in-person celebratory event. This year, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students received congratulatory packages, featuring a message from American Chairman and CEO Doug Parker. “This year’s group of students endured a great deal over the last year with the many challenges brought on by the pandemic. Through it all, however, they continued to excel both in and out of the classroom,” said Ron DeFeo, President of the American Airlines Education Foundation Board and Senior Vice President of Global Engagement for American. “This year’s class of recipients represent the best of our global community. We could not be prouder to support them as they continue on their academic journeys.” This year, for the first time, descendants of Trans World Airlines (TWA) team members were eligible for an additional scholarship provided by the TWA Hotel at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in partnership with the Education Foundation. A group of 16 students from across the country were awarded a total of $40,000. “American Airlines and the TWA Hotel have partnered to bring new life to the iconic TWA brand through the redevelopment of the iconic TWA Flight Center at JFK, TWA’s New York home for almost 40 years,” said Tyler Morse, Chairman and CEO of MCR, developer of the TWA Hotel. “During development, the TWA Hotel team worked closely with American, as the successor to TWA and owner of the TWA brand, to develop the hotel in a way that celebrates the history of TWA and its contributions to aviation. As part of this partnership, the TWA Hotel is proud to provide ongoing support for the TWA Scholarship program, honoring the descendants of TWA employees.” The Education Foundation received more than 1,100 applications as a part of the competitive process. Managed by third-party scholarship experts, scholarships are awarded based on financial need, academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and commitment to community service and volunteerism. American Airlines Education Foundation is dedicated to supporting educational initiatives for dependents of airline employees. High school seniors and college undergraduate students are eligible to apply for the scholarships and can receive the award for up to four years. “Working for American has granted me a lot of opportunities in my own life to build my trip schedule around my son and watch him compete across the country as a runner in high school, and now in college,” said Grant Nichol, a Los Angeles-based Flight Attendant for American. “As a single father, having the ability to do those things has meant so much. Jesus is going to do amazing things with his life, and this scholarship is going to help him get there.” For more information about the Education Foundation scholarship, visit aa.com/scholarships. To learn more about the ways American Airlines is giving back to the communities it serves, please visit aa.com/letgoodtakeflight. About American Airlines Group American’s purpose is to care for people on life’s journey. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL and the company’s stock is included in the S&P 500. Learn more about what’s happening at American by visiting news.aa.com and connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from American Airlines on 3blmedia.com

July 30, 2021 09:31 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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