Local Verizon Employees Donate $15,000 Worth of Household Items to Six Area Shelters

IRVING, Texas - Verizon employees in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex donated more than $15,000 worth of household items to six area shelters during a recent Shower for the Shelter drive to collect such items for use at domestic violence shelters.

The Verizon Foundation partnered with the National Network to End Domestic Violence to coordinate the donation efforts.

The six area shelters that received items were Brighter Tomorrows in Grand Prairie, Hope's Door in Plano, Mosaic Family Services in Dallas, New Beginning Center in Garland, SafeHaven of Tarrent County Resource Center North East in Arlington, and The Family Place in Dallas.

"Verizon has a long history of supporting local domestic violence prevention programs through grants, education, and awareness and volunteerism," said David O. Russell, vice president - external affairs for Verizon Texas.  "Organizing a Shower for the Shelter campaign for domestic violence victims is another way our employees give back to the community."

More than 375 Verizon locations throughout the country took part in the drive to collect toiletries and common household items for use at domestic violence shelters across the country. An estimated $400,000 worth of much-needed supplies were donated by employees across the U.S. to more than 245 local shelters in the area or towns where the collections took place.

The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its signature program, Thinkfinity.org, and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence.  In 2007, the foundation awarded more than $67.4 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the United States and abroad. The foundation also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in $25.1 million in combined contributions. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation's largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 3 million hours of community service since Verizon's inception in 2000.

For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 67 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employed a diverse workforce of approximately 232,000 as of the end of the first quarter 2008 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

The National Network to End Domestic Violence Fund (NNEDV Fund) is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing public education, training and technical assistance to maintain and develop the professional expertise of advocates working to end domestic violence.  The NNEDV Fund strives to strengthen advocates as organizers and activists in the tradition of social change movements.  For more information, please visit www.nnedvfund.org.