Verizon and Its Employees Aid Flood Victims in Seven States

NEW YORK - The Verizon Foundation has begun a 1-to-1 match for every dollar donated by Verizon employees in support of relief efforts under way in seven states affected by record-breaking storms and heavy flooding.

As part of the foundation's disaster relief program, which offers employees a dollar-for-dollar match up to $1,000 annually, the company's philanthropic arm will match individual employee contributions to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, America's Second Harvest and the Salvation Army.  Relief organizations have provided vast amounts of cleanup supplies, dozens of shelters and tens of thousands of meals in the affected states -- Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

"Our hearts go out to those whose homes, communities and lives have been battered by these powerful storms and floods," said Patrick Gaston, president of the Verizon Foundation. "We're proud to support the generosity of our employees and to continue to lend a helping hand in this time of need."

Verizon has been supporting relief efforts in affected areas, donating more than 6,000 sand bags and providing a company emergency vehicle.

In addition, emergency personnel and relief agencies in Iowa have received Verizon Wireless mobile phones and USB modems. The company's BroadbandAccess service is being used to access the Internet via laptop computers and USB modems. Verizon Wireless also rolled out its high-speed wireless network in Iowa City to support communications services for the University of Iowa and other emergency personnel during the severe flooding in the area. The high-speed network was previously deployed in Cedar Rapids and other areas of Iowa. All Verizon Wireless Communications Stores are open to assist customers.

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.