OT Global Protection Creates the Bridging 2 Communities Program to Fight COVID-19 and Bring Safety to Underserved Communities throughout the U.S.

Charged with Delivering 100,000 Bottles of Sanitizer, 100,000 Masks and 100,000 pairs of Gloves to Underserved in 10 Communities over 100 Days, and Then Do It Again

Founding Leaders include OT Global Protection, Overland-Tandberg, AT&T and National CARES Mentoring Movement; Program to Continue to Additional Cities after the First 10

SAN RAMON, Calif. – March 1, 2021 – Underserved communities throughout the U.S. continue to suffer disproportionately from the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the CDC, Black adults in the U.S. are nearly 4 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and 3 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than White Americans. The results have been devastating; adults left unemployed or underemployed, families unable to stay in their homes or put food on the table, children missing out on school and ill-equipped to study at home.

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Global Business Continuity Operations

“Our commitment to ensuring that Black-owned businesses and other diverse businesses have the opportunity to work with AT&T is longstanding, sustainable and unwavering. Our commitment to these suppliers will continue beyond 2020; these are not short-term commitments,” said Susan A. Johnson, executive vice president – Global Connections & Supply Chain, AT&T. “We will continue to work closely with all suppliers to foster economic growth and innovation within the communities we serve.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic created significant challenges for many businesses and their supply chains,” said Eric Kelly, Chairman and CEO of Overland-Tandberg, a global technology company headquartered in San Ramon, CA. “Our ability to provide innovative business continuity solutions to customers in over 90 countries for 40 years put Overland-Tandberg in a unique position to assist AT&T. Our shared philosophy and commitment with AT&T enabled us to pivot and ensure the resources were available to meet AT&T’s worldwide requirements. We’re proud that we could help AT&T manage and protect their workforce and customers.”