Bell Atlantic Awards $9,400 in Cash, Hardware to McDowell County Agency for After-School Care

Bell Atlantic Awards $9,400 in Cash, Hardware to McDowell County Agency for After-School Care

Follow-up to $100,000-pledge

May 13, 1998

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. The Bell Atlantic Foundation today made
another contribution to assist in the provision of after-school care to West
Virginia youth. The foundation awarded a $7,500-grant to Catholic
Community Services in McDowell County.

In addition, Bell Atlantic - West Virginia will donate telecommunications
equipment, valued at $1,900 to help the agency make connections to the

This is the third West Virginia after-school program in less than a month to
receive Bell Atlantic support. Other contributions went to IMPRESS, a
math- and science-related program in Clarksburg, and the James Paige
Learning Center in Charleston.

Bell Atlantic's contribution follows a pledge the company made last
summer at the Governor's Summit for West Virginia's Future. The
company agreed to contribute $100,000 over three years toward after-
school programs.

We're delighted that Bell Atlantic has chosen to focus much of its
charitable effort on improving the quality of after-school care. The
company is truly a leader in corporate citizenship in West Virginia, said
Dallas Bailey, director of The Governor's Cabinet for Children and

The Bell Atlantic Foundation supports a variety of projects domestically
and internationally, with an emphasis on new technology applications in
education, health and human services, the arts and humanities, and civic
development in the communities served by Bell Atlantic. For more
information, visit www.bellatlanticfoundation.com on the Internet.

Bell Atlantic -- formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX --
is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry.
With more than 41 million telephone access lines and 6.7 million wireless
customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of
advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless
services and the world's largest publishers of directory information. Bell
Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations and investments in
22 countries.