LONG BEACH, Calif. - The efforts of 17 nonprofit groups to promote literacy and job development across California were bolstered today by $1 million in grants from Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the nation's largest local telecommunications provider.
Verizon announced the grant winners during a ceremony at the main branch of the Long Beach Public Library that featured an appearance by jazz great and Verizon national Literacy Champion Al Jarreau, who read the story "Charlie Parker Played Be Bop" to a group of children. Long Beach Library Foundation was presented with the largest single grant, $250,000, to fund a school-readiness program for preschoolers and a parenting class for their parents. For a list of grant recipients click here.
"The prosperity of the communities Verizon serves depends on a literate, well-educated and technologically fluent work force," said Tim McCallion, president of Verizon's Pacific Region. "Our $1 million contribution underscores our commitment to California, specifically by supporting programs that improve literacy and workforce development. Our financial commitment is matched by our commitment to provide superior service to our customers."
This year, Verizon Foundation will provide more than $4 million in grants, contributions and sponsorships to benefit communities in California.
Verizon Foundation last year awarded 22,000 grants nationwide totaling more than $70 million to charitable and nonprofit agencies that focus on improving basic and computer literacy, enriching communities through technology, and creating a skilled work force. The foundation uses its resources in the United States and abroad to develop partnerships in technology and connect them with organizations serving the needs of diverse communities, people with disabilities, victims of domestic violence and the economically and socially disadvantaged. The foundation also supports Verizon Volunteers, an incentive program that last year encouraged Verizon employees to volunteer more than 500,000 hours in their communities and provided $27.8 million in combined contributions to charitable and nonprofit organizations. For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation.
A Fortune 10 company, Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services, with approximately $67 billion in revenues and 221,000 employees. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 137.6 million access line equivalents and 34.6 million Verizon Wireless customers. Verizon is the third largest long-distance carrier for U.S. consumers, with 14.6 million long-distance lines. The company is also the largest directory publisher in the world, as measured by directory titles and circulation. Verizon's international presence includes wireline and wireless communications operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.