Making a Difference in Our Communities

At Verizon, we understand our reputation isn't limited to our performance in the marketplace. It also includes the quality of our products, our impact on the environment, the spirit of our employees and our standing in the community. We strive to make our broadband technologies as widely available as possible and to use our leadership and resources to create new solutions to the big problems facing our society. Even in these difficult economic times, we remain committed to using our signature programs to help create a better quality of life for the neighborhoods we live in and serve.

The Verizon Foundation connects our financial, technological and human resources with critical social issues that affect our employees, customers and communities. We focus on the issues of education and literacy, and safety and health. Our work is done through strategic partnerships with nonprofit organizations, informed grant-making that represents an investment in results, and the exceptional volunteer spirit of Verizon's 223,900 employees. Our goal is to help people achieve the skills they need to live, learn and work in the 21st Century.

Thinkfinity.org is the Verizon Foundation's free, comprehensive Web site containing more than 55,000 educational resources, including standards-based, grade-specific, K-12 lesson plans; online educational games; videos; and other materials provided in partnership with many of the nation's leading educational organizations. Since the Web site's launch in March 2007, the Verizon Foundation has committed more than $34 million to update and expand Thinkfinity.org and provide training to teachers.

The Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program collects no-longer-used phones, batteries and accessories from any wireless service provider at our Communications Stores nationwide. We then put the nation's most reliable wireless network to work in our communities by providing these phones as a vital link to emergency or support services for individuals who have suffered from abusive relationships. We also provide cash grants to local shelters and nonprofit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.

For more information on how Verizon is making a difference in our communities, please view our corporate responsibility report online at verizon.com/responsibility.

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