Health & Human Services

In times of crisis, the Pioneers are there to help. From stocking food banks during natural disasters to providing gifts for children in need during the holidays, no need is too big or too small.

The Hug-A-Bears program is a decades old Pioneers project that provides soft, cuddly bears for children who are in traumatic situations. These bears ride along with police and firefighters across the United States and Canada. The bears have also been spotted in hospitals and nursing homes, providing comfort and a reminder of the Pioneer spirit.

Dish It Up is a massive volunteer initiative to provides families in need with healthy food. Pioneers collect healthy, nutritious, nonperishable food donations for local food banks. Filling backpacks with healthy snacks or easy to prepare weekend food for children is one of the shining examples of how the Pioneers answer the call of those in need in their community.

Health & Human Services Stories

Hug-a-Bears – The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Teddy bears are synonymous with childhood. For many kids, they are soft, cuddly friends to play and sleep with – or simply shower with hugs and kisses. But to other children who have suffered a traumatic event or injury, a teddy bear can be a lifelin... Continue Reading

Retirement? That Just Means More Time to Volunteer

For some people, retirement means slowing down, relaxing, maybe even travelling. But for Penngrove, California resident Beverly Mager, who is a youthful 78, retirement means more time to volunteer with the AT&T Pioneers chapter in her community.... Continue Reading

Broward County AT&T Pioneers Honor Firefighters

When it came to serving, nothing gave former AT&T Pioneer Ron Czaplicki more joy than volunteering as a firefighter at Station 33 in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Ron liked being on the frontlines and making a difference.... Continue Reading

Pioneers Adapt Their Work to Help Out During COVID-19

You can always count on the SaskTel Pioneers to be there for Saskatchewan!... Continue Reading

Pioneers Keep Pioneering Going in Florida

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Pioneers in Florida are staying in touch with their families, friends and fellow Pioneers and continuing to make a difference in their local communities. They have used this time to take part in a variety of voluntee... Continue Reading

Pilot Dogs: A Match Made in Dog Heaven

The Southeast Council Pioneers chapter in Columbus/Zanesville, Ohio continues to support the local Pilot Dogs service organization.... Continue Reading

Pioneers Stitch Together (Even While Apart) To Sew Masks During Pandemic

Healthcare workers are begging and pleading for them. Citizens across the country are being urged to wear them. And now anyone with a sewing machine is being called into action to make them.... Continue Reading

It’s a Wrap! Pioneers Delivered over the Holidays

Pioneers across the country have a pretty simple mission when it comes to volunteering during the holiday season.... Continue Reading

Heroes Deserve A Special Day

Many of our Pioneers strive to support our veterans not just on one day, but throughout the entire year.... Continue Reading