Our Mission Pioneers is a network of volunteers who effect immediate, tangible change in local communities.
Our Vision To be recognized as a world-class leader in volunteerism. To be respected and valued by our members, strategic partners, global community and our industry. We are committed to the diversity and growth of our members and strategic partners in improving the quality of life in our communities.
Pioneering Values Inclusive and Relevant We embrace members with different backgrounds, skills, and beliefs, because we know fresh ideas and unique viewpoints are necessary to meet the current and future needs of the people we serve. Trustworthy and Compassionate Our incredible success to date and our strong future is due entirely to our network of understanding, sensitive volunteers who thrive on responding to the critical needs of their communities. Transparent and Accountable As a volunteer and donation-driven organization, we make a promise to all our members and strategic partners that we will be open about our business practices while maintaining the highest standards of financial accountability and integrity.
Our History The Pioneers legacy is long and inspiring. It all began in 1911 with just 734 members (including Alexander Graham Bell). In the beginning, friendship and fellowship were what it was all about. Industry people recalling the facts, traditions, and memories of the early history of the telephone. But those who wrote the original Pioneers purpose were forward thinking in adding that it would also encourage "such other meritorious objects consistent with the foregoing as may be desirable." That became what would make the Pioneers different from other industry groups.
One of those "meritorious objects" translated into community service. Chapters, councils and clubs began their own initiatives, mostly working with children's groups. By 1958, community service was established as the Pioneers' "New Tradition". Today, the organization is the world's largest group of industry-specific employees and retirees dedicated to community service.
Pioneers volunteer more than 15 million hours annually responding to the individual needs of their communities. With 620,000 AT&T Pioneers, Verizon Pioneers, FairPoint Pioneers, Telcordia Pioneers, Qwest Pioneers, Canadian Pioneers, Bell Aliant Pioneers, SaskTel Pioneers, Frontier Pioneers and self sponsored New Outlook Pioneers representing 82 chapters, Pioneers remains the largest industry-related volunteer organization.
Enjoy nostalgia from the early years of the telephone. It’s a fun family adventure, an educational field trip for students and an enjoyable group outing.