Hero Stories

Competitive Beep Baseball in California

Posted on 3/16/2023
Enriching the lives of the visually impaired is a Pioneer legacy. From the creation of the original beep ball to continuing to work with the National Beep Baseball Association (NBBA), Pioneers are in the trenches ensuring the blind and visually impai

Listen for the Beep! The Rich History of Beep Baseball in Colorado

Posted on 3/16/2023
Enriching the lives of the visually impaired is a Pioneer legacy. From the creation of the original beep ball to continuing to work with the National Beep Baseball Association (NBBA), Pioneers are in the trenches ensuring the blind and visually impai

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

Posted on 3/13/2023
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

AT&T Pioneers Ship Holiday Cheer Overseas

Posted on 2/24/2022
In Florida, AT&T Pioneers were extra busy during the recent holiday season, assembling care packages for shipment to soldiers stationed overseas in Japan. The project was spearheaded by Chris Garner, manager for AT&T National Business and acting pres

A New Perspective Sparks Change

Posted on 2/4/2022
In Clarksville, Tennessee, not far from Nashville, a group of teens, with help from the AT&T Pioneers, found a unique way to share their conservation stories and spark environmental change in their hometown.

Retirement? That Just Means More Time to Volunteer

Posted on 10/28/2021
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.

Hear in America Benefits for Pioneers

Posted on 8/30/2021
Purchasing hearing aids through Hear in America can help you get hearing aids that meet all of your needs quickly and easily, with follow-up care to make sure they keep working well.

Build on Tradition: Pioneer Projects Reimagined

Posted on 4/6/2021
Pioneers have built a strong legacy of helping others. But during this one year, some of our cornerstone projects have taken on a new meaning and urgency. Here are a few ideas on how to adapt a few of our most popular philanthropies during the pandem

Follow a Pattern: Sewing, Knitting and Crocheting Projects

Posted on 4/6/2021
Pioneers have always embraced challenges. But in this current time, we are faced with unique ones: the extraordinary need of so many Americans and how to volunteer safely during the ongoing pandemic.

Get Creative: Crafting, Writing and Baking Projects

Posted on 4/6/2021
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, here are some new creative ways you can make an impact in your local community through crafts, baking, writing letters, and more.

Legacy West Pioneers Create Dignity Bags

Posted on 9/23/2020
Legacy West Pioneers have put in over 780 hours of volunteer time creating over 220 Dignity Bags.

Pioneers Adapt Their Work to Help Out During COVID-19

Posted on 9/23/2020
You can always count on the SaskTel Pioneers to be there for Saskatchewan!

Broward County AT&T Pioneers Honor Firefighters

Posted on 9/23/2020
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.

Pioneers Keep Pioneering Going in Florida

Posted on 9/23/2020
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

West Virginia Pioneers Support our Veterans

Posted on 4/15/2020
The West Virginia chapter of New Vision Pioneers continue their long-term focus on supporting our veterans through their work at the Beckley V.A. Medical Center and the Louis J. Johnson Veterans Hospital.

Pilot Dogs: A Match Made in Dog Heaven

Posted on 4/15/2020
The Southeast Council Pioneers chapter in Columbus/Zanesville, Ohio continues to support the local Pilot Dogs service organization.

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

Posted on 4/15/2020
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.

It’s a Wrap! Pioneers Delivered over the Holidays

Posted on 1/17/2020
Pioneers across the country have a pretty simple mission when it comes to volunteering during the holiday season.

From Seed to Supper: Pioneers Dig in to Help Kids ‒ and Gardens ‒ Grow

Posted on 9/26/2019
The New Vision Pioneers in New Hampshire think about the process often, because they have been volunteering with local schools for several years to teach children how to cultivate and grow vegetables and herbs — starting with seeds.

Tax Time

Posted on 9/5/2019
Tax season is a time most of us tend to dread, but that can be especially true for those of us who may not have the skills or knowledge to feel confident filling out their tax return. When that happens, many people turn to an accountant for help.

A Great Run

Posted on 9/5/2019
The SaskTel Pioneers are known for numerous great causes they support in our province. One of them is the Infant Hearing Assessment Program in Regina which identifies early signs of hearing loss in infants.

In Schools, Not Landfills

Posted on 9/5/2019
In 1993, SaskTel began a partnership with the Computers for Schools (CFS) program. Crawford McKee remembers it well.

Campgrounds and Caring

Posted on 9/5/2019
As another school year slowly comes to a close, the thoughts of many youngsters turn to summer camp. For some, that means a memorable stay at Camp Easter Seal, a stay that’s made even more unforgettable thanks to the efforts of members of the SaskTel

Comfort and Joy

Posted on 9/5/2019
For many children, getting a new pair of pajamas at Christmas is a much-anticipated family tradition. Not only is it a fun way to welcome the holidays, a warm set of PJs brings comfort like nothing else. But, for some Saskatchewan families, new pajam

Pioneers Host Children’s Shoe Parties in Style

Posted on 8/13/2019
From Illinois to Arizona, from boots to sneakers, the Pioneers are helping provide a necessity to hundreds of school children in need of the right size, and right kind, of shoes.

Students and Teachers Too

Posted on 3/5/2019
The Kansas chapter of Pioneers runs a project called Students and Teachers Too that assists new teachers.

Heroes Deserve A Special Day

Posted on 11/9/2018
Many of our Pioneers strive to support our veterans not just on one day, but throughout the entire year.

Wrapped in Love and a Bear Hug

Posted on 6/13/2018
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.

Pioneers Sew Up Special Deliveries in Ohio

Posted on 4/19/2018
Pioneer heroes have partnered with the United Service Organization (USO) to embrace the military community in northern Ohio.

Therapy Oriented Tricycle

Posted on 2/28/2018
For those of us who can walk or run or ride a bicycle, it’s easy to take those things for granted. But for a child with mobility impairments, the smallest step can be an unimaginable accomplishment.

Pioneers and Pilot Dogs - Guiding the Way

Posted on 2/9/2018
Remember the last scene in "It's a Wonderful Life" when the town came together for George Bailey, donating whatever they could to help him out of a dark time?

Empowering Girls to Get in the Game

Posted on 1/16/2018
On a sweltering day in the heart of Chicago last summer, over 120 young girls were having way too much fun playing in a local park to feel the heat.

All the comforts of home

Posted on 12/12/2017
The Veterans Community Project’s mission is to make a difference in the lives of homeless veterans by building a specialized community of tiny homes and onsite services to provide housing stability to help address the underlying cause of the veterans

Back to School Means Pioneers Are Back to Work — Packing and Delivering Backpacks

Posted on 12/12/2017
August brings the dog days of summer as well as the last few days of freedom for millions of children — and the dreaded back-to-school shopping.

New books open new worlds in Moose Jaw

Posted on 12/12/2017
In Moose Jaw, Canada, students in the Prairie Valley School Division and Holy Trinity Catholic Schools now have new books — and new worlds to explore — because of a huge donation from Pioneers in Saskatchewan.

Making a Difference

Posted on 12/12/2017
What was so special about October 28, 2017? It was the 301st day of the year and Make a Difference Day, one of the largest annual single-days of service nationwide.

Pioneers Provide Free School Supplies

Posted on 10/24/2017
Pioneers in Nova Scotia were determined to help young students start off the school year on the right note. So. they decided to help provide these students with the school supplies they needed—all free of charge.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Posted on 10/18/2017
Following Hurricane Harvey, Pioneers in south Texas have stepped up to help their community members in need. Even though many of them have suffered personal losses, these Pioneers are still doing their part to help others. One way they are doing so i

PACE, A Pioneer Investment

Posted on 10/18/2017
After growing concerns about an increase in female teenage delinquency, Pioneers in Florida decided to act.

Women Helping Women in Nashville

Posted on 10/18/2017
The greatest thing one woman can do is to give another woman a helping hand.

Pioneers Go Above and Beyond to Care for Children

Posted on 10/18/2017
In Ft. Pierce, Florida, Pioneers are helping take care of children in need.

Ward Butterfly Garden

Posted on 10/18/2017
Pioneers in Texas created a butterfly garden that helped the environment and educated local school children.

Pioneers Rock!

Posted on 10/18/2017
A group of Pioneers in Illinois came up with a unique idea to comfort those who are going through tough times.

Giving the Gift of Life

Posted on 10/18/2017
Pioneers in New Jersey embarked on The Gift of Life, a blood drive project to support NJ Blood Services.

Fire Up to Read with Kindle

Posted on 10/18/2017
For Pioneers in rural Missouri, supplying local elementary schools with e-readers encouraged reading and technology literacy.

Veterans Essential Kits of Love

Posted on 10/18/2017
By assisting homeless veterans, Pioneers are helping to make positive and tangible change in their community.

Smokey Mountain Service Dogs

Posted on 10/18/2017
To support our servicemen and women, Pioneers in Knoxville, Tennessee worked to provide them with service dogs.

T-Shirt Tug Toys for Sheltered Animals

Posted on 10/18/2017
Pioneers in Los Angeles, California devised a clever project to turn t-shirts into dog toys.

The Teachers Supply Storehouse

Posted on 10/18/2017
The Teachers Supply Storehouse in Georgia helps both teachers and the environment.

Backpacks for Urban Peak

Posted on 10/18/2017
During a recent board meeting, the board of directors and staff of Pioneers took part in a volunteer activity to aid Urban Peak.

California Pioneers Participate in Heal the Bay

Posted on 3/16/2017
To show their commitment to preserving the environment for future generations, Pioneers in California cleaned up a local beach.