Showing Support and Taking Action
The following was shared with all UScellular associates today from Mike Dienhart, vice president of supply chain.
I’m horrified that mass shootings have become a seemingly regular occurrence. These heartbreaking events are taking place at locations where we should all feel safe, yet many of us no longer do.
Assaults like the one Monday in Highland Park, Illinois, affect people in lasting and deeply personal ways. Those who were there will never forget it. Thankfully, everyone in our UScellular family is safe.
It feels trite to say that this mass shooting impacted me more than all the others lately. But it’s certainly closer to home. I ride my bicycle in that area all the time. I went through there on a long ride Saturday, and my wife, Cindy, and I were at a concert Friday night just down the street. Many of our associates call Highland Park home.
I know my teenagers are struggling with what they’re seeing and hearing. I am too. I hope that you and your families are processing the emotional impacts and doing “okay” – though to be honest I’m not sure what that means in this context.
It’s important that we care for our communities, each other, and ourselves. I’m grateful to be part of a company that is committed to taking actions that will lead to a safer society for all. UScellular will be making a charitable donation to our long-standing nonprofit partner, UCAN. Their violence intervention and prevention services empower young people to create life-changing opportunities that contribute to safer futures.
I encourage you to take action in ways that are meaningful for you. Consider opportunities to volunteer, or to financially support causes in our communities through a charitable donation. We continue to provide company dollar-for-dollar matching up to $2500.
Finally, we continue to provide free and confidential support through Guiding Resources. It’s a great way to find needed assistance.