Southern Telecom, Inc. today offered team member volunteer participation today with the USO of Georgia at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to welcome and support military service members and their families as they transit the airport.

STI’s team has volunteered annually with the USO of Georgia for over 15 years. To commemorate STI’s year-long 20th anniversary celebration, the company also presented a monetary donation to the nonprofit organization that provides a variety of services to military service members and their families.

The volunteer initiative is part of Southern Company’s Our Values commitment to offer its employees an opportunity to work with local community groups in the spirit of service and community-centric activities. Over the years the STI team has supported the USO to contribute volunteer service, as nearly half of the team members themselves are military veterans and understand the positive impact of the USO organization.

Southern Company has a strong commitment to supporting military veterans, who currently make up approximately 10% of the company’s 32,000 employees, a result of Southern Company’s active recruitment of military veterans. Southern Company as a whole leads the industry in military hiring and retention, and over the years has earned recognition as a top employer by several publications including highest ranking utility in GI Jobs Military Friendly Employers for 11 consecutive years.

Southern Telecom Business Development Manager and Air Force veteran, Barry Navarre, noted, “Every day here at STI we work hard to support customers with fiber optic business solutions. Yet, it means a lot to our team to be able to step back for a day and lend our volunteer support to the USO of Georgia as they provide a celebratory welcome and a variety of amenities to military service members and their families when they transit Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.”

STI’s General Manager Wayne Ellis, a retired Colonel in the US Army Reserves, presented the charitable donation to the USO of Georgia. “It is an honor to volunteer with the USO and be some of the first people to welcome these military service members,” said Ellis. “STI employees look forward each year to volunteering for the organization as a team. We are happy and honored to donate to this very worthy cause.”