Verizon Programs Address Key Issues for Americans

PHILADELPHIA - As the Republicans hold their national convention in Philadelphia this week, speakers are focusing on themes that include "Keeping America Prosperous" and "Leave No Child Behind." For years, both these aims also have been at the heart of the business and charitable activities of the Bell Atlantic Foundation in Pennsylvania, now part of Verizon Communications, the convention's official local telecommunications provider.

Verizon has always had a strong commitment to supporting economic growth initiatives to help foster business development programs and job creation, and grants from the Verizon Foundation include technology partnership endeavors for cultural, education, and health and human services organizations.

"We applaud the convention for bringing attention to the important issues of providing opportunity and prosperity to America's communities and giving our children the tools and skills to become happy, healthy and successful adults," said Daniel J. Whelan, president, Verizon Pennsylvania. "In Pennsylvania, we have demonstrated our commitment to those goals by standing behind a number of economic development initiatives and youth programs."

Verizon Foundation grants have supported a diverse array of efforts to improve the quality of life for youth. They cover after-school programs, arts in education, and technology education. Some of these initiatives include:

  • People for People
  • CORA (Counseling or Referral Assistance)
  • The Charles Tindley Community Development Corporation
  • Arts-in-education outreach for Prince Music Theatre's Rainbow Connection Program
  • Pennsylvania Ballet's Accent on Dance Program
  • Technology education for the Police Athletic League Computer Centers
  • YMCA Computer Technology Program for Philadelphia and Montgomery County branches
  • The American Foundation for Negro Affairs (AFNA), National Education and Research Technology Education and Preceptor Program
  • The Easter Seal Society's Assistive Technology Center for children with disabilities

Verizon also has been a champion of business growth in Pennsylvania through its sponsorship of programs like FutureSites. Verizon joined the Governor's Action Team and select regional development practitioners to create an economic development partnership that has attracted 12 businesses to the Commonwealth since 1996, and generated over 7, 000 new Pennsylvania jobs. Verizon also has jointly initiated the CareerLink Partnership to supplement traditional recruiting methods for entry-level employees. In addition, the TEC 2000+ program trains and educates entry-level telecommunications workers in Pennsylvania.

Verizon's Road to 2000 publication is the primary source in Pennsylvania of state-of-the economy information. Road to 2000 summarizes job and industry changes, telecommunications information, and provides economic forecasts by county.

"Verizon believes that being a global leader in telecommunications begins with a commitment to the communities we serve here at home," said Whelan. "The issues of economic development and youth programs are important priorities for Verizon and we welcome those who share our spirit."

The Verizon Foundation was created to serve the nonprofit community on behalf of Verizon Communications, the national telecommunications company formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE.

The Verizon Foundation is committed to supporting programs and projects that create innovative e-solutions, help bridge the digital divide, foster basic and computer literacy and help enrich our communities, educate our citizens and create a skilled workforce. The Verizon Foundation looks to forge and maintain partnerships around technology initiatives with local, regional, national and international organizations serving the needs of racial and ethnic communities, people with disabilities, and the economically and socially disadvantaged. For more information on the Verizon foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation on the Internet.

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ), formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE, is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 95 million access lines and 25 million wireless customers. A Fortune 10 company with more than 260,000 employees and approximately $60 billion in 1999 revenues, Verizon's global presence extends to 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.