Bell Atlantic Delivers More Than $136,000 to United Way Agencies in West Virginia

Bell Atlantic Delivers More Than $136,000
to United Way Agencies in West Virginia

Kanawha Valley Gets One-Third

July 20, 1998

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Paul Miller,

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Twenty United Way agencies across West
Virginia are receiving checks this month totaling over $136,000 from the
Bell Atlantic Foundation.

"Bell Atlantic is doing what any good citizen would do. We're investing in
our neighborhoods, the communities where our employees live and work,"
said Dennis Bone president and CEO of Bell Atlantic - West Virginia.

Bell Atlantic's largest United Way donation, $45,500, goes to the United
Way of the Kanawha Valley, which serves agencies in Kanawha and
Putnam counties.

Other major recipients of Bell Atlantic's United Way gifts include:

  • The United Way of the River Cities (Cabell, Wayne, Mason and
    Lincoln counties) -- $19,000.

  • Mid-Ohio Valley United Fund, Inc. (Wood, Wirt, Ritchie,
    Pleasants, Jackson, Roane, Calhoune and Tyler counties) --

  • Upper Ohio Valley United Way (Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and
    Tyler counties) -- $11,000.

Bell Atlantic's gifts to United Way agencies in West Virginia are based in
part on where its 3,000 employees live. With the headquarters of Bell
Atlantic - West Virginia and many work operations based in Charleston,
many of its employees live in the Kanawha Valley.

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
23 countries.