Verizon Customers in California Donate $52,000 to Benefit Literacy Programs

Verizon landline customers in California have donated $52,000 to four nonprofit groups promoting literacy, including the Assistance League of Covina Valley, which was awarded the top grant of $25,000.

The donations are part of the Verizon Check Into Literacy program, which allows Verizon landline customers to check a box on their bill to make a $1 tax-deductible donation each month to support a local literacy program.

Members of the public selected the recipients of this year's Check Into Literacy grants through an online Facebook vote campaign.  The Assistance League of Covina Valley finished in the top spot, garnering more than 30 percent of the 80,000 votes cast.

"We are deeply grateful to all Verizon customers who donated money to Check Into Literacy, and we thank everyone who voted for the Assistance League," said Theresa Compton, executive director of the organization.  "This grant will allow us to continue to provide scholarships to attend our after-school tutoring program to children who are struggling in school."

The Assistance League of Covina Valley® was founded in 1970 as a chapter of the National Assistance League.  The organization is dedicated to offering assistance to youth in the community through philanthropic projects.  Membership consists of 180 women who volunteer more than 25,000 hours annually to support their programs.

 Gene Eng, Verizon vice president of strategic programs, said, "Verizon and its customers are passionate about supporting education for individuals of all ages, and we congratulate the Assistance League of Covina Valley and the other recipients for their outstanding advocacy for literacy in their respective communities."

Verizon awarded $9,000 grants to each of the following three runners-up:

  • Mar Vista Family Center, Culver City -- Provides low-income families with quality early-childhood education, youth enrichment and educational tools to create positive change in their lives and their community.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley, Fountain Valley - Provides parents with English as Second Language instruction, job skills training, life skills and parenting workshops, and homework help and tutoring for school-age children, with a special focus on language and literacy.
  • Friends of the Lompoc Public Library, Lompoc -- Helps under-served adults build the vital literacy skills needed for work, home and civic participation by providing one-on-one tutoring and computer-aided literacy instruction.

About the Assistance League of Covina Valley
Assistance League of Covina Valley(r) was founded in 1970 as a chapter of National Assistance League. It is dedicated to offering assistance to the youth in the community through philanthropic projects. Its membership consists of 180 women who volunteer over 25,000 hours annually to support our programs: Operation School Bell through which school uniforms are provided to economically disadvantaged children, Learning Center for academic help, SAT preparation classes, ASK for victims of assault, and Community Outreach, providing vouchers for clothes from its Thrift Shop to families in need.

About Verizon
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