Verizon Awards More Than $130,000 in Grants To Nonprofit Organizations in Inland Northwest

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, has awarded more than $130,000 in grants this year to 19 nonprofit organizations in the Idaho Panhandle, Pullman, Spokane and Boise. The grants support a broad range of literacy, work force development, community technology and human service programs.

"These grants are part of Verizon's commitment to invest in the communities we serve," said Chrin Tarola, Verizon local manager based in Coeur d'Alene. "They are matched by our continuing commitment to provide our customers with superior telecommunications service."

The University of Idaho received $55,500 to support various programs, including the establishment of clinics and workshops for students at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and the "Internet Masters" program that teaches people in North Idaho how to the use the Internet. Some of the funding also will support a summer workshop for engineering, math and science students. Another grant will provide scholarships for minority and low-income students in computer science and engineering.

Verizon donated $20,000 to the Moscow Chamber Foundation to support an economic revitalization effort for downtown Moscow. In Sandpoint, the company gave $5,000 each to the Festival at Sandpoint and to the Employee Combined Humanitarian Organization, or ECHO, for local education and human service causes.

Three North Idaho literacy programs received funding. The company donated $5,000 to the "HEART" reading program in Kootenai County and another $2,000 to Project Twinkle for its "Hey Bear Cares" program, which visits elementary school classrooms to promote reading. The Adult Learning Center in Orofino received a $5,000 grant for its Adult Literacy Program to provide tutoring in basic reading and writing skills, English-as-a-second language instruction, and other assistance.

The United Way of Kootenai County received a $10,000 community technology development grant for digital office equipment. These grants help nonprofit organizations better serve their clients.

In Spokane, a $10,000 grant was provided to the new Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. The gift will help furnish the facility's Learning Center with computer and audio-visual equipment used by visiting students and adults. Other grants were issued to Junior Achievement, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Lilac Blind Foundation.

Verizon Foundation supports a variety of programs that focus on improving basic and computer literacy, bridging the digital divide, enriching communities through technology and creating a skilled work force. The foundation promotes partnerships in technology with organizations serving the needs of diverse communities, people with disabilities, and the economically and socially disadvantaged. The foundation also supports Verizon Volunteers, an incentive program that encourages Verizon employees to volunteer in their communities and provides matching gifts to nonprofit organizations. For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation on the Internet.

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Coeur d'Alene Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce
Dalton Gardens Elementary School (HEART)
Project Twinkle (Hey Bear Cares)
United Way of Kootenai County
Moscow Moscow Chamber Foundation
Rendezvous in Moscow
University of Idaho
Orofino Adult Learning Center
Pullman United Way of Pullman
Sandpoint Employees Combined Humanitarian Organization
Festival at Sandpoint
Wallace North Pacific Depot Foundation
Wallace District Mining Museum
Spokane Junior Achievement of the Inland Northwest
Lilac Blind Foundation
Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Ronald McDonald House
Boise Idaho Business Week*
Sheridan Academy

* Grant for scholarships serving five North Idaho students