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BEAVERTON, Ore. - Work force development programs that promote economic growth and jobs and technology projects that increase the capabilities of charitable agencies in Oregon are receiving grants totaling more than $115,000 from Verizon Foundation.
The one-year grants will go to 14 educational institutions and community-based nonprofit groups in the Portland area, Salem, Coos Bay and Wallowa County. Verizon Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, the nation's largest local telecommunications provider.
The grants will be presented Oct. 8 at a Westside Economic Alliance business forum sponsored by Verizon in Beaverton. State Treasurer Randall Edwards will be the featured speaker. Awards will range from $5,000 to $15,000, with Portland Community College receiving the largest grant for a literacy project benefiting Hispanics in Washington County.
"Work force development and technology advancement are keys to economic stimulus in the Northwest," 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 Oregon, Washington and Idaho 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 Oregon:
Overall this year in the Pacific Northwest, Verizon is donating about $1 million in grants, contributions and sponsorships that focus primarily on literacy, technology, economic development and work force development programs. Earlier this year, the company awarded $115,000 to Oregon nonprofits for literacy initiatives.
Nationally, Verizon Foundation last year awarded 22,000 grants totaling more than $70 million 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.