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Kristin Favale uses an interactive smart board to teach an online poetry lesson from the Verizon Foundation's Thinkfinity.org website at the John F. Kennedy Magnet School in Port Chester, N.Y.

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t verizon, we use our technology, financial resources, employees and partnerships to help solve critical social issues. Our approach is motivated by our deep commitment to doing business in a way that contributes to the prosperity of our shareowners, our employees and the communities we serve.

Since 2005, the Verizon Foundation has awarded more than $411 million to nonprofit organizations, with the majority of the funds going to organizations that support education, domestic violence prevention and online safety.

For example, the Verizon Foundation's leading education technology initiative is Thinkfinity.org, an award-winning K-12 website that offers free lesson plans, videos and interactive learning materials. In 2010, more than 3 million teachers, students and parents visited Thinkfinity.org, making it the third-most-visited site among major educational websites.

We enhanced our Thinkfinity.org search engine and created thousands of new content resources, including more than 1,000 new educational videos. We also launched the Thinkfinity Community, a social networking site where teachers can share, learn and discuss the latest tools that improve student achievement. In all, Verizon trained more than 42,000 teachers on the benefits of using Thinkfinity.org in the classroom in 2010, bringing our training total to nearly 100,000 teachers across the U.S.

The Verizon Foundation has also invested its capital, human resources and technology toward preventing domestic violence. Domestic violence affects people of all backgrounds, including one in four women and over 3 million children. The Verizon Foundation works to increase awareness of this pervasive crime, lending its resources and technology to help victims and their families.

The Verizon-funded documentary, "Telling Amy's Story," recounts the murder of a young Pennsylvania mother by her abusive husband. This gripping film about Amy McGee, a Verizon employee, aired on nearly 300 PBS stations in 2010 and will continue in 2011.

While domestic violence affects millions, sometimes a single call can make the difference. Verizon's HopeLine® program refurbishes used phones and gives them to those who might not otherwise have a way to call for help. Since 2001, Verizon HopeLine has collected more than 7.6 million phones, awarded more than $10 million in grants to shelters and prevention programs, and donated nearly 100,000 cell phones and more than 300 million free minutes of airtime to victims, survivors and organizations.

In another area of corporate responsibility, Verizon employees volunteered more than 730,000 hours in 2010 to support nonprofit organizations. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the largest employee volunteer programs in the U.S., our employees and retirees donated nearly 6 million hours of community service since 2000.

For more information on Verizon's commitment to corporate responsibility, visit verizon.com/responsibility.