Inland Northwest Nonprofit Agencies Get Boost From Verizon For Work Force Development, Technology Projects
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PULLMAN, Wash. - Work force development programs that promote economic growth and jobs and serve low-income, minority and disadvantaged people in North Idaho, the Palouse and the Spokane area are being funded through grants from Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications. Several public schools and charitable agencies will also receive grants from the company for computers, software and technical training.
In all, 14 nonprofit agencies and schools will share more than $100,000 in grants from Verizon.
The grants will be presented Oct. 3 during a reception at the new Palouse Discovery
Science Center in Pullman. Each grant will be at least $2,500, with the science center receiving the largest award, $15,000. The University of Idaho will receive three grants totaling nearly $23,500.
"Work force development and technology advancement are keys to economic stimulus in the region," said John Gustafson, Verizon external affairs director. "Verizon is committed to ensuring that our region has a diverse, competitive work force and the technological tools to move our economy forward."
In February, nonprofit and educational organizations in Washington, Idaho and Oregon were invited to compete for the Verizon grants by submitting proposals outlining work force development and technology programs.
Major grants awarded by the company in the Inland Northwest:
Overall this year in the Northwest, Verizon is donating about $1 million in grants and sponsorships that focus primarily on literacy, technology, economic development and work force development programs. Earlier this year, the company awarded $30,000 in literacy grants to North Idaho nonprofit agencies and invested $5,000 in the Festival at Sandpoint.
Nationally, Verizon Foundation awards grants totaling more than $70 million per year to charitable and nonprofit agencies that focus on improving basic and computer literacy, enriching communities through technology, and creating a skilled work force. The foundation uses its resources in the United States and abroad to develop partnerships in technology and connect them with organizations serving the needs of diverse communities, people with disabilities, victims of domestic violence and the economically and socially disadvantaged. The foundation also supports Verizon Volunteers, an incentive program that last year encouraged Verizon employees to volunteer more than 500,000 hours in their communities and provided $27.8 million in combined contributions to charitable and nonprofit organizations. For more information, 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 and 221,000 employees. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 137.6 million access line equivalents and 34.6 million Verizon Wireless customers. Verizon is the third largest long-distance carrier for U.S. consumers, with 14.6 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.