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ANTIGO, Wis. - The Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County has won a $10,000 Verizon Foundation grant. The funding will provide new computers and software for the agency's Power Hour after school tutoring program.
"We deeply appreciate Verizon's commitment to computer literacy," said Kim McCann, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County. "Verizon has been a partner in expanding our after-school programming since 2003. Through the company's financial and volunteer support, we move closer to the day when every child will have access to computers and the ability to reach their full educational potential."
Lou Ann Novak, Verizon public affairs manager, said, "Understanding computers is essential for our future workforce. This funding will update and expand the present computer lab, allowing many more youth to learn about computers and use them in a safe environment."
The grant was presented in a brief ceremony at the agency on Monday. McCann and Novak were joined by state Sen. Roger Breske, a longtime supporter of the program who provided a letter of recommendation for the agency. Other guests at the ceremony included state Rep. Donald Friske, Antigo Mayor Mike Matousek, Boys and Girls Club Board President Mick Macklem and board member Helen Wanca.
The foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, last year awarded grants totaling more than $74 million to charitable and nonprofit agencies with a focus on improving literacy, computer and technology skills, and supporting domestic violence solutions. For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a Dow 30 company, is a leader in delivering broadband and other communication innovations to wireline and wireless customers. Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 million customers nationwide; one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks; and one of the nation's premier wireline networks, serving home, business and wholesale customers. Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of approximately 250,000 and generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.