VANCOUVER, WA — March 27, 2014 — EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELNK, news, filings) a leading IT and communications provider, today announced that it provided a grant to Autism Empowerment, a Vancouver-based nonprofit empowering the lives of youth, adults and families in the autism community, to help underwrite the organization's 3rd annual Egg Hunt for Acceptance of all Abilities on Saturday, April 19th from 1 – 4 p.m. at McKenzie Stadium. EarthLink provided this funding as part of its H.A.L.O. program (Helps, Acts, Links and Outreach).
"Autism Empowerment truly appreciates this new funding from EarthLink to enable us to grow what's proven to be an extremely popular community acceptance event," said Karen Krejcha, Executive Director of Autism Empowerment. "EarthLink focuses on linking businesses with the IT technologies they need to thrive. Similarly, our Egg Hunt for Acceptance of All Abilities is not only a fun, empowering day out, but a vital link to the community resources that help families and individuals living with autism and other developmental or physical differences navigate challenges. We feel it's a natural fit."
Brian Tashima, EarthLink Pricing Analyst and Autism Empowerment Board Member, will kick off the festivities by helping to roll out the ceremonial first egg. "This event is also a fantastic volunteer opportunity for the 220 community-minded EarthLinkers based in our regional Vancouver office, and I'm so appreciative for the outpouring of enthusiasm from my work colleagues."
EarthLink will also participate in an upcoming Autism Empowerment Radio podcast to share its philosophy and outreach program linking schools and organizations with assistive technologies. Launched in June 2012, the podcast series has reached over 100,000 listeners worldwide and offers original content of interest to the autism and Asperger community. Past guests include autism advocates, authors, care providers, educators, parents and other professional individuals and organizations.
About Autism Empowerment
Founded in 2011, Autism Empowerment is a grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to empowering the lives of youth, adults and families in the Autism and Asperger communities. They offer positive, inclusive community programs, support services and innovative leadership and volunteer opportunities for those on the autism spectrum and their families. Autism Empowerment promotes four foundational pillars of positivity: Accept, Enrich, Inspire and Empower. For more information, visit www.autismempowerment.org or follow @AutismEmpowermt.
EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) is a leading IT services and communications provider to more than 150,000 businesses and one million consumers nationwide. EarthLink empowers customers with managed services including cloud computing, managed and private cloud, and virtualization services such as managed hosting and cloud workspace. EarthLink also offers a robust portfolio of IT security, application hosting, colocation and IT support services. The company operates an extensive network spanning 29,421 route fiber miles with 90 metro fiber rings and 8 secure data centers providing ubiquitous nationwide data and voice IP service coverage across more than 90 percent of the country. Founded in 1994, EarthLink's award-winning reputation for outstanding service and product innovation is supported by an experienced team of professionals focused on best-in-class customer care. For more information, visit EarthLink's website at www.earthlink.net.