National Conference for Community and Justice Honors Bell Atlantic

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National Conference for Community and
Justice
Honors Bell Atlantic

Philanthropic Support for Technology Projects in Buffalo
Area Cited

January 25, 2000

Media
contact:

Michael Kornfeld,
212-395-5990

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Bell Atlantic has received a Distinguished
Community Leader Award from the Western New York chapter of the
National Conference for Community and Justice.

The organization cited Bell Atlantic for its philanthropic support of
technology projects in the Buffalo area aimed at helping to bridge the so-
called "digital divide," as well as the company's efforts to
promote diversity within its work force.

"Coming from an organization like the NCCJ , this award is
especially meaningful," said Maureen Rasp-Glose, Bell Atlantic
community affairs manager in Western New York. She accepted the
award during the organization's 2000 Brother/Sisterhood Awards program
Jan. 20 at the Hyatt Regency-Buffalo. The organization also recognized a
number of individuals and a non-profit agency at the event.

Co-chairs Catherine Schweitzer and U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh Scott
cited the Bell Atlantic Foundation's investment in technology projects for
organizations such as the Friends to the Elderly, the Hispanic Conference,
Juneteenth and the King Urban Life Center. They also noted Bell
Atlantic's leadership in promoting diversity in the workplace through its
Western Area Diversity Council, the company's active participation in
minority job fairs and seminars, and its outreach programs to Buffalo's
minority communities.

The National Conference for Community and Justice is a human relations
agency dedicated to combating bias, bigotry and racism in the United
States. It promotes understanding and respect among all races, religions
and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education.

The Bell Atlantic Foundation supports a variety of projects domestically
and internationally, with an emphasis on new technology applications in
education, health and human services, the arts and humanities, and civic
development in the communities served by Bell Atlantic. For more
information, visit Bell Atlantic Foundation on the
Internet.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and
information
industry. With nearly 44 million telephone access lines and 12 million wireless
customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of advanced
wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless services and the
world's largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are
also among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications
markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.

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