Verizon Supports 35 Ohio Nonprofit Groups to Promote Literacy, Technology and Workforce Development

MARION, Ohio -- Verizon reaffirmed its commitment to improving literacy and technology education in Ohio last year through grants for a broad range of literacy, workforce development, community technology and human service programs. Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, donated $555,258 to 35 nonprofit groups in the state during 2002.

"In today's tight economy, nonprofit organizations need financial assistance now more than ever," said Todd Colquitt, president-Verizon Ohio. "Verizon's grants underscore our long-standing goal of improving the communities we serve and our commitment to providing excellent service to our customers."

Recipients of major grants included:

  • Marion City Schools, Marion-- $40,000 to expand the MarionReads literacy program.

  • Ohio Community Computing Network, Columbus -- $50,000 to manage and expand Community Technology Centers in Ohio.

  • Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, Inc. , Athens -- $25,000 to provide job training, computer and Internet skills as part of the Athens County Jump Start the Future program.

In addition, literacy grants went to Bucyrus Area Community Foundation/Crestline Child Care, Crestline; Cleveland Reads; Lakota Central Elementary School, Rising Sun; Marion Shelter Program, Inc., Marion; The Young Men's Christian Association, Marion; and the Western Ohio Educational Foundation, Celina.

In support of technology education, Verizon also awarded grants to Andrews House, Delaware; Delaware South Campus Vocational School, Delaware; Marion Area Counseling Center, Inc., Marion; Marion Shelter Program, Inc., Marion; River Valley Local School District, Marion; Scio Development Committee, Inc., Scio; The Johnny Appleseed Heritage Center, Mansfield; and the Tuscarawas County YMCA, New Philadelphia.

Verizon recognized the importance of the state's workforce development programs by awarding additional grants to the Grand Lake Mercer County Research, Inc., Celina; Marion County Red Cross, Marion; Marion Technical College Development Fund, Inc., Marion; Medina County Department of Workforce Development, Medina; Scioto County Vocational School, Lucasville; Shawnee Mental Health Center, Inc., Portsmouth; Shawnee State University Office of Development, Portsmouth; Southern State Community College, Wilmington; and the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, Inc., Columbus.

In addition to Verizon Foundation grants, 122 agencies received nearly $126,000 through Verizon Volunteers, a program that encourages Verizon employees to volunteer in their communities and provides matching gifts to the nonprofit organizations that employees support.

Verizon Foundation is committed to helping people and communities make progress every day. The 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.

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) 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 135.0 million access line equivalents and 31.5 million Verizon Wireless customers. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world. With more than $67 billion in annual revenues and more than 236,000 employees, Verizon's global presence extends to more than 35 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.