AT&T NJ Pioneers volunteer hours and funding to the Daughters of the American Revolution, at the Schuyler Hamilton House, in Morristown.

AT&T NJ Pioneers volunteer hours and funding to the Daughters of the American Revolution, at the Schuyler Hamilton House, in Morristown.

Thanks for visiting our Pioneers Chapter website.  We’re excited that you are interested in learning more about the impact we make in our local communities.  Our Chapter is part of the 325,000-member strong AT&T Pioneers.

The great thing about our organization is that everyone can participate, contributing the volunteer time you have available.  We also have opportunities for families to be involved.  Please contact me and anyone on our officer team to learn more about us. Or, click here to join today!

Michael Hickey

President, New Jersey Chapter

To be part of an organization that has been helping in local communities for over 105 years.

You may not know it but just in the past year the AT&T Pioneers led the collection of more than 50,000 pounds of food in a company wide food drive benefiting Share Our Strength.

We are also part of a Cell Phone Recycling Campaign where we collected over 25,000 cell phones that helped support Cell Phones for Soldiers.

AT&T Aspire is another important initiative for us. Bringing 100,000 high school students to AT&T work-places through the Job Shadow initiative.

1. School Supply Collection in Middletown – July 10th to August 11th

Shop the back to school sales for a great cause! Help support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties (bbbsmmc.org) and Monmouth Cares (monmouthcares.org) by donating new school supplies so that local children can start the school year with smiles on their faces!

Especially needed this year are Backpacks, Binders, Loose Leaf Paper, and Book Covers, but any and all (new) supplies are very much appreciated. Donate Monday, July 10th through Friday, August 11th at designated drop-off points – by the parking structure entrances, and by the B cafeteria.

Lots of local stores have school supply sales – supermarkets, office supply stores, well-known large chain stores as well as smaller retailers.

Help us reach our goal of 100 backpacks!! Inexpensive yet sturdy backpacks can be found at Five Below, Walmart and Target.

Whatever you are able to give, your generosity is very much appreciated.

Prefer to write a check? Other questions?
Project Leaders Cindy Cama (cc4382@att.com) or Laura Lombardo (ll9352@att.com)

2. Help BBBS pack school supplies into backpacks! – Monday, August 21st

Volunteers needed 2 – 5 pm for School Supply Collection
Each August, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties (http://www.bbbsmmc.org) invite volunteers on a Monday afternoon to help pack into backpacks the school supplies collected at AT&T and other locations so they can be distributed on Wednesday at the Back to School party.

Five (5) volunteers are needed to help BBBS pack the backpacks. A volunteer (could be staying to help, or not) is also desired to drive boxes of school supplies from AT&T to the location in Eatontown before the packing event begins. Teens (13+) are welcome with a family member or other responsible adult present. Interested? Sign up at https://att.volunteermatch.org/search/opp2746739.jsp.

Project Leaders Sandy Egizi (se2986@att.com)

3. Help staff a BBBS party celebrating back to school! Wednesday, August 23rd

Volunteers needed 5:30 – 8 pm
Each August, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties (http://www.bbbsmmc.org) hosts a Back to School party for client children, their Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and their families at which they hand out backpacks filled with school supplies collected at AT&T and other locations.

Four (4) volunteers are needed from 5:30 – 8:00 PM for a variety of tasks, including serving food and beverages to Bigs, Littles, and families, setting up, cleaning up, and handing out the backpacks. Age 18+. Interested? Sign up at https://att.volunteermatch.org/search/opp2746744.jsp.

Project Leaders Sandy Egizi (se2986@att.com)

4. Tools for School Supply Collection in Piscataway – July 31st to August 11th

5. Tools for School Supply Collection in Paramus – August 1st to August 14th

This United Way of Northern NJ program provides new school supplies for children from low-income families to assist them with their studies and help build self-esteem. Many children look forward to arriving on the first day of school with new notebooks, backpacks and lunch boxes, etc.

The Pioneers invite you to make a positive impact on a child’s life this coming school year by making a donation. We are encouraging you to stuff a backpack with school supplies or provide any of the suggested items below. The Pioneers are also contributing $500 to purchase additional school supplies.

In Piscataway, you can drop off your donations in the collection area located near the 1st floor elevator bank thru Friday, August 11th. Should you have any questions or wish to give a gift card please contact the Project Leader Sonya Bertelsen on (732) 457-2774.

In Paramus, you can drop off your donations and/or place in the collection box located near the 1st floor reception area at Mack 7 from Tuesday, August 1st to and including Monday, August 14th. Should you have any questions or wish to give a gift card please contact the Project Leader Ann Donnelly on 201-576-5184.

For those wishing to give a gift card, cash or check donation (make checks payable to the United Way of Northern New Jersey) and write Tools for Schools on the memo line.

Some of the suggested items include the following:

List of supplies:

Backpacks Crayons Markers
Band-aids Erasers Pencil cases
Binders/3 ring notebooks Filler paper Pencils/pens
Book covers Gift cards for children’s shows clothing Pencil sharpeners
Calculators Glue Pocket Folders
Children’s clothes Highlighters Rulers
Colored pencils Index cards Scissors
Composition notebooks Lunch boxes Spiral notebooks
Construction paper Tape

For those of you who do not have the time to shop, you can participate in this effort by donating to the for the ‘Tools for School’ project thru Thursday, August 11th.

6. Daughters of the American Revolution / Schuyler Hamilton House

Friday, August 18th, from 12:30pm-4:00pm; 3 Olyphant Place, Morristown

Calling all gardeners! Help maintain the grounds of the Schuyler Hamilton House Museum for weekly visits from general public, scholars and school groups. The house is on US National Registry of Historic Places and part of Morristown Tourism locations. Looking for volunteers to do yard work, raking, mulching, weeding, plantings, lawn mowing and shrub maintenance.

Project Leader: Fran Long (fm2948@att.com)

7. Bedminster Blood Drive

Zenith/Nadir Rooms: 1B115-1B117, Tuesday, August 22nd, from 8am – 4pm

Volunteers are always needed to donate blood. Our goal is 120 donations! Your ‘1’ donation can save up to 3 lives! Volunteers are also needed to donate baked goods and recruit blood donors. Movie and free food (provided by the Pioneers) for all donors! Reserve your perfect time slot today by signing up directly online at http://nybloodcenter.org/. *Please use group code 62970 on the log in page to get to the schedule. We are out to beat the competitor again this year!!! During the summer blood donations slow down because the regular donors may be on vacation. If you are in the office the day of the blood drive please consider donating.

Project Leader: Lori Deutsch (le2616@att.com)

8. Ronald McDonald House

Dinner on Friday, August 25th @ 4pm-6pm, 145 Somerset Street, New Brunswick

Calling all chefs! Liberty Garden Pioneers and you can continue to support the Ronald McDonald House Caring Cooks program and provide a nutritious meal for families whose children are receiving medical treatment at Robert Wood Johnson Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital. Volunteers are needed to set-up, prepare the meal and clean-up. We are looking for inspiring chefs to help and make a difference for these families!

Project Leader: Tracy Palumbo (tp6543@att.com)

9. Elle Foundation Gala

Bridgewater Manor, Friday, Sept. 8th beginning at 6:30pm

Please consider joining co-workers and Pioneers members at “One Elle of an Evening” to support Elle. This organization carries out last wishes for children with a recurrence of cancer. Tickets are $135.00 for an individual.
Contact Pioneers Project Leader: Dean Richmond (dr6276@att.com) for more information, to advertise in Elle’s Commemorative Journal, donate to the Raffle Basket, the Silent Auction or a Bottle of Wine.

10. Influenza Flu Shots

A. Bedminster – September 7; October 5 and October 10

B. Middletown – September 12; September 26 and October 12

C. Paramus – September 13

D. Piscataway – September 28

11. Surfer’s Healing 13th Annual Beach Bash for Autistic Children and their Families

Sunday, September 10th

Autism Family Services of New Jersey is once again inviting you to volunteer in Belmar Beach.

Available shifts are:

Set Up Shift: 6:30 am – 10:00 am

Main Shift: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Assist with set up / clean up, serving food & beverages, activities for children, arts & crafts (e.g. face painting) and where needed.

Clean Up Shift: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come join us for a few hours, or the whole day, be a part of a rewarding experience at the Jersey Shore. Registration ends August 18 to allow time for background checks to be performed by AFSNJ.

For Further Details, please contact Pioneers/oxyGEN Project Lead: CeCe Asencio (ca2769@attt.com)

This event is jointly supported by the AT&T NJ Pioneers and oxyGEN New Jersey (an Employee Resource Group).

12. Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s

Saturday, September 23rd, Point Pleasant Beach

Do you know someone affected by the Alzheimer’s disease? Why not show your support for those you love and other New Jersey families that are impacted by Alzheimer’s? Please join the AT&T Ocean and Monmouth County Team at the Alzheimer’s New Jersey or pledge a donation.

Pioneers Project Leader: Al Fasano (af2764@att.com)

This is a joint project with the AT&T NJ Pioneers and ERG IDEAL-NJ. The IDEAL organization also has an Alzheimer’s Support Group. Contact Lorraine Clayton (lc9870) for more information about the support group.

13. America’s Grow-A-Row

Friday, September 29th, from 8:30am-1pm

Location will be confirmed, closer to the date, but will be at either:

150 Pittstown Road, Pittstown, NJ 08867, or 401 Woolf Road, Milford, NJ 08848

America’s Grow-a-Row’s (AGAR) (http://www.americasgrowarow.org/) mission is to positively impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort of planting, picking and delivering free fresh produce to food pantries and food banks in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and to food desert areas (areas where people lack access to healthy, fresh, affordable produce) in Newark, Jersey City, Camden, and Morristown.

The AT&T Pioneers are joining AT&T employees from across New Jersey to participate in a Corporate wide Community Service project at one of the AGAR farms in Central New Jersey (Hunterdon County area). The exact location for the farm will be share with volunteers based on the crops that are ready to be harvested. In addition, the AT&T Pioneers are making a donation to America’s Grow-A-Row and will provide refreshments for the volunteers that participate in this wonderful Community Service project. Lunch will also be served after we complete the harvest.
Please sign-up at: https://att.volunteermatch.org/search/opp2741308.jsp

Pioneers Project Lead: Sandy Seidorf (ss9416@att.com) and Rene Marinich (im3129@att.com).

This is a company sponsored volunteer day event. AT&T employees, with the approval of their supervisor, will not be charged vacation time to participate.

14. Pioneers Store (Middletown)

The Middletown Pioneer Store is under renovation and will reopen soon in our new location (next door, closer to the credit union.) Watch for our Grand Re-Opening, coming soon!

Eyeglasses and Cell Phones may still be dropped off in our collection boxes, now temporarily located in the vending machine room next door to the old Pioneer Store (visible from the hallway.) Thanks for your support!

Pioneers Project Leader & Contact: Pat Hamilton (retiree – Life Members Club)

15. Lillie Murray Telecom Pioneers Gift Shop – Bedminster

We sell AT&T apparel, snacks, drinks, gifts, cards, balloons, books and so much more – all at discounted prices!!! Be sure to come and check out our new merchandise!! Normal work hours are 10am-2pm, on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday and managed by retired employees/Pioneers. The income from the store helps support all of our AT&T NJ Pioneers projects.

Pioneers Project Leader & Contact: Richard Halecki (rh1623@att.com)

16. Cell Phones for Soldiers

Your continued support of recycling your unwanted cell phones supports our soldiers serving overseas. Collection sites are located in the Pioneer Gift Shop (Bedminster); Pioneers Store (Middletown); 30 Knightsbridge, Piscataway with the box in the lobby; and 15 E. Midland Ave, Paramus with the box in the lobby.

Project Leader: John Wright (Bedminster Pioneers Gift Shop)

Project Leader: Ann Donnelly (ad4583@att.com) (Paramus)

Project Leader: TBD (Middletown Pioneer Store)

17. Recycle for Sight


In just about any dresser drawer, one can find a pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used. That same pair of eyeglasses can change another person’s life. The Pioneers continue you’re their partnership with the Hunterdon Hills Lions Club to recycle used prescription, reading and sunglasses and plastic/metal frames. Children’s glasses are especially needed. If you have used eyeglasses you no longer need you can donate them at the Pioneer Gift Shop.

Project Leader:  Nancy Schmidt (ns5791@att.com)

Project Leader:  Patricia Hamilton (Middletown Pioneers Store)

Project Leader:  Ann Donnelly (ad4583@att.com)

If you know someone that would like to become a vendor in our Middletown program (non-employees only), please contact Debbie Brudnicki at 732-420-2661.

If you know someone that would like to become a vendor in our Bedminster program (non-employees only), please contact Michael Hickey at 908-532-1869.