It's pretty safe to say that Ronnie Dunn--who spent two decades as part of the top-selling duo in country music history, Brooks & Dunn--doesn't have to worry about how to pay his bills. But that doesn't mean he has lost touch with the many folks out there in today's shaky economy who do have financial difficulties--and he's come up with a way to try and help.
In addition to releasing the working-man's anthem "Cost Of Livin'," Dunn recently partnered with two wireless mobile companies to raise awareness about the assistance they have available to people who can't afford a crucial tool for job searching--a phone.
One of the providers, Assurance Wireless, offers a free cell phone and 250 free minutes of wireless voice service per month to those who qualify. Meanwhile, those who don't qualify but still are having a tough time making ends meet can take advantage of payLo by Virgin Mobile, which has value service plans available for tight budgets.
Dunn hopes the programs will help job-seekers with their re-entry into the workplace. He recalls a painful childhood memory that illustrates his understanding of the matter: "I remember the fear and insecurity of my father telling me he had lost his job. I was 9 years old.
"Once you become unemployed, once you are bottomed-out, you need to have phone access or a regular phone number for a potential employer to call you back," he notes.