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National Recognition Given To Sprint Volunteers

Work for local organizations garners attention

Sprint's Columbia Gorge Community Relations Team volunteers were recently honored with three 2004 national Independent Telephone Pioneer Association (ITPA) awards for specific projects that demonstrate their volunteer leadership and dedication to community service.

"Serving our communities through good works" is one of the key missions of the ITPA - a volunteer organization created by and for the independent telecommunications industry. The ITPA has been serving the public for over 75 years and represents 26,000 telecommunications' company employees and retirees nationwide.

Each year, the ITPA officially recognizes industry employees for their volunteer leadership through community service in the areas of education, human services and life enrichment by presenting ITPA Chapters, Clubs or individual members with national awards. Sprint's CRT located in Hood River, otherwise known as the Earl Dean Pioneer Club, received a first-place education award for Sprint's Child ID booth, which has become a cornerstone of the annual HUGS (Help Us Grow Safely) Fair at White Salmon's Henkle Middle School; a second-place Life Enrichment award for leading Hood River County's Tree of Joy program, which provides holiday gifts to disadvantaged seniors and children; and a third-place Human Services award for their support of Hood River County's Victims' Assistance Program.

"Our club is honored to be recognized by the ITPA for our commitment to our communities through volunteer service," said Sprint representative Betty Osborne. "We applaud and thank our employees and their family members, as well as our retirees, for so generously giving their time, talents and energy to improve our communities and help others by being Sprint volunteers."

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