More Than 150 Pennsylvania Nonprofits Received Nearly $2.2 Million in Verizon Foundation Grants in 2007

PHILADELPHIA - The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Pennsylvania Library Association, National Constitution Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Penn State University were among 150 nonprofit groups in Pennsylvania to receive nearly $2.2 million from the Verizon Foundation in 2007.

The grants have enabled the recipient organizations to improve basic literacy skills, create new and diverse approaches to technology-based learning, and help domestic violence victims rebuild their lives.

The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications and one of the largest corporate foundations in the world, awarded a total of $67.4 million in grants last year. 

"Our efforts are rooted in a century-old tradition of giving back to the communities we serve, guided by the firm belief that technology can have a profound and positive effect on social issues," said William B. Petersen, president of Verizon Pennsylvania.  "Our foundation makes a positive difference by supporting and investing in the people and organizations striving to improve the quality of life in our communities - where our customers and employees live and work.

"That difference can be made in the progress of our children as they study to meet the challenge of learning and working in the 21st century; in the lives of millions of Americans with low literacy skills who are unable to complete a job application or even read a menu; and in the lives of men and women who live in abusive and deadly situations for whom a phone can open a line to hope," Petersen said.

Some of the other Pennsylvania nonprofits that received Verizon Foundation grants during 2007 included:  Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, NAACP Next Generation CDC, West Chester Public Library, Elwyn Institute, Cobbs Creek Environmental Education Center, Pennsylvania Statewide Latino Coalition, Kidzone Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Urban Leagues in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Police Athletic Leagues in Philadelphia and Norristown, Women's Resource Center in Scranton, Avon Grove Library, WHYY, Victim Outreach Intervention Center (VOICe), Dauphin County EDC, ARC of Chester County, Jewish Family Service of Greater Wilkes-Barre, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, Women's Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, Independence Visitor Center Corp., Public Broadcasting of Northwest Pennsylvania, St. Mary Medical Center, Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence, Auberle, North Penn Chamber of Commerce, Chester-Upland School District, Temple University, Wireless Neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, Asociacion Puertorriquenos En Marcha, Easter Seals of SEPA and United Negro College Fund. 

At year-end 2007, Verizon employees and retirees in Pennsylvania donated almost 40,000 hours and raised more than $1,135,000 for nonprofits while the Verizon Foundation matched approximately $927,400 through its matching gifts program.  Under the foundation's Verizon Volunteer initiative, one of the nation's largest employee-volunteer programs, company employees and retirees also contributed nearly 3 million hours of community service nationally since Verizon's inception in 2000 and provided $29 million in combined contributions through this program.

The Verizon Foundation is committed to improving literacy and K-12 education; fostering awareness and prevention of domestic violence; and promoting the use of technology in health-care delivery.  In 2007, the foundation awarded $67.4 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the United States and abroad.  Under the foundation's Verizon Volunteer initiative, one of the nation's largest employee-volunteer programs, company employees and retirees have also contributed nearly 3 million hours of community service since Verizon's inception in 2000.

For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving 63.7 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon has a diverse workforce of nearly 238,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.