Telecom Pioneers

Answering the Call of Those in Need

aka Telecom Pioneers   |   Greenwood Village, CO   |  www.pioneersvolunteer.org

Mission

PIONEERS IS A NETWORK OF VOLUNTEERS WHO EFFECT IMMEDIATE, TANGIBLE CHANGE IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Laura Whitlock

Main address

5680 Greenwood Plaza Blvd. Suite 500

Greenwood Village, CO 80111 USA

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Formerly known as

Telephone Pioneers of America

EIN

16-1634095

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Recycling (C27)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Pioneers is a network of volunteers in Canada and the US who effect immediate, tangible change in local communities. Our network of volunteers donate over four million hours of volunteer time annually. We focus our efforts in five major areas: helping military families, protecting the environment, education, life enrichment and health and human services. We are looking for volunteers and donors who share our passion for answering the call of those in need, so we can strengthen our legacy of making a difference.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Dish It Up

Dish It Up is a food drive focused on providing nutritious, healthy food to hungry people in the US and Canada.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We make and repair beeping baseballs and beeping Easter Eggs for the visually impaired. Children who are sight-challenged can participate in Easter Egg Hunts and children and adults can play baseball, thanks to this technology that was first invented by Pioneer Charlie Fairbanks in 1964

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Pioneers make soft bears to distribute to firefighters, police, EMTs, hospitals and shelters to comfort children who might otherwise be too frightened to interact with emergency services personnel.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To be recognized as a world-class leader in volunteerism. To be respected and valued by our members, strategic partners, global community and our industry. We are committed to the diversity and growth of our members and strategic partners in improving the quality of life in our communities.

By organizing volunteers in our communities, we are able to identify where the need is a greatest and how we can use the talents and efforts of our members to address this need. Each community's needs may be different. For example, in San Diego there are many military families who need our support, so we focus efforts to meet that need. When communities face a natural disaster, we are mobilized to help. If a school district is in need of books and supplies, we help out.

We are a network of over 500,000 members across the US and Canada. Through training, leadership and hard work, we have the ability to make a difference in our communities. We also work closely with AT&T in particular to train volunteers in that organization. We also contribute financially when we see the need. We raise money through dues and fund raising and that money goes back into our communities.

Our successes are numerous and different for every project we work on. For example, for our Dish It Up food drive, an astounding 23,689 food items were collected and distributed to local food banks and shelters. And over 1,100 Pioneers donated their valuable time to the cause! Pioneers even took in over $1,500 in cash donations to share in their communities. Taking part in Make a Difference Day was a memorable
way to kick-start the anniversary celebration of the Pioneers organization, which was founded on November 2, 1911. The mission of the organization is to effect immediate, tangible change in local communities. That was certainly accomplished on the 301st day of 2017, as well as many other days throughout the year, through the determination and generosity of our volunteers. This is just one example

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Telecom Pioneers

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joe Holbert

AT&T Pioneers

Term: 2019 - 2021

Allan Miller

Canadian Pioneers

Elaine Housely

New Outlook Pioneers

Gloria Pazel

AT&T Pioneers

Joe Holbert

AT&T Pioneers

John Merlino

AT&T Pioneers

Sherry Daughtry

Legacy West

Shirley Sanz

AT&T Pioneers

Kris Wells

AT&T Pioneers

John Staggs

AT&T Pioneers

Fred Salomon

New Outlook Pioneers

Donna Evans

New Vision Pioneers

Paul Redline

New Vision Pioneers

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/14/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data