Taking advantage of an opportunity offered by information company CenturyLink, employee Tucker Fairburn was able to secure a hefty grant of $500 for the Lake County Mentor Program, of which he is a regular volunteer.
The grant opportunity is a generous one that comes from the service provider. Marking Development Mgr.Heather Coach said that an employee need only volunteer 40 hours with an existing nonprofit organization, fill out the grant application, have a representative from the nonprofit contact CenturyLink and unless there are serious questions of authenticity the organization will be awarded the $500 grant. “From July 1 through Dec. 31 of last year, CenturyLink gave out 354 grants,” Coach said. A combined total of $177,000 was presented to many organization across the country.
CenturyLink began the program in order to honor company founder William Clark, Coach said. “It was meant to be a legacy for him, a way to give back to our employees,” she said.
Fairburn has long worked with the Lake County Mentor Program, not only as a personal mentor, but also as a group organizer and instructor for various educational sessions that the program leads. Currently, he is involved with the community education classes the program hopes to begin the week of Feb. 11, teaching the weight training classes.