Verizon Supports 38 Vermont Nonprofit Groups to Promote Literacy, Technology and Work Force Development

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - Verizon reaffirmed its commitment to the communities that the company serves in Vermont by providing grants in 2003 for a broad range of literacy, work force development, technology and human service programs.

Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, last year donated $201,559 to 38 nonprofit groups in Vermont. Nationwide, the foundation donated more than $70 million to worthy causes and charities, including matching nearly $14 million in donations from employees.

"We believe in investing in our communities through strategic partnerships with organizations that support education and literacy, technology education, and health and human services," said Pamela Porell, vice president for Verizon Vermont. "Verizon's grants continue to 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:

  • Vermont Adult Learning-- $25,000 to create a Web-based teaching resource for adult basic education instructors statewide

  • CyberSkills VT -- $20,150 to provide enhanced computer training to nonprofit organizations

  • Vermont Historical Society -- $15,000 to launch Phase II of the Community History Project

In addition, literacy grants went to American Academy of Pediatrics - Vermont Chapter; Everybody Wins VT!; Friends of the Fletcher Free Library Inc.; Shelburne Museum; Vermont Center for the Book; Vermont Humanities Council; Vermont Library Association; and Vermont Public Radio.

In support of community technology development, Verizon also awarded grants to the American Red Cross - Northern Vermont Chapter; Children's Computer Center Ltd.; Equality VT; Vermont Council on Rural Development Inc.; United Way of Chittenden County; United Way of Lamoille County; United Way of Rutland County; and United Way of the Upper Valley.

Verizon recognized the importance of the state's work force development programs by awarding additional grants to the Governor's Institutes of Vermont; Lake Champlain Lifelong Learning Fund; Peace and Justice Center; Richard A. Snelling Center for Government; Vermont Association of Business, Industry and Rehabilitation; Vermont State Mathematics Coalition; and Vermont Youth Conservation Corps.

Other grant recipients include the Bellows Falls Area Senior Center Inc; Flynn Center for The Performing Arts; Lyndon State College Foundation; Manchester Music Festival; Out and About; University of Vermont Lane Series; Vermont Public Television; Very Special Arts Vermont; and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to the Verizon Foundation grants, 85 agencies received more than $124,000 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 ranks as one of the largest corporate foundations in America, providing grants and developing programs to support the communities where Verizon does business. The foundation places special emphasis on literacy, work force development and the use of technology for the benefit of all people. For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation.

A Fortune 10 company, Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services, with approximately $67 billion in revenues. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with more than 139 million access line equivalents and 36 million Verizon Wireless customers. Verizon is the third largest long-distance carrier for U.S. consumers, with nearly 16 million long-distance lines. The company is also the largest directory publisher in the world, as measured by directory titles and circulation. Verizon's international presence includes wireline and wireless communications operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.