Pennsylvania Nonprofit Groups Received $4.6 Million in 2006 From the Verizon Foundation

PHILADELPHIA - Verizon's commitment to Pennsylvania proved strong in 2006 through grants for a broad range of programs to improve literacy and education, combat domestic violence and improve health care through the use of technology.

In 2006, the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, provided $2 million in grants to more than 150 nonprofit groups in Pennsylvania, and more than 1,100 other organizations received approximately $2.6 million through the foundation's Verizon Volunteers program, which rewards employees with matching gifts and grants to nonprofits that employees donate to and support.  Last year, Verizon employees volunteered more than 45,000 hours to nonprofit groups across the commonwealth.

"Verizon is committed to delivering technology that touches peoples' lives," said William B. Petersen, president of Verizon Pennsylvania. "By supporting these community nonprofit organizations and the volunteer spirit of our employees, we are making a difference in the lives of people across the state."

Among the grants awarded by Verizon in 2006 were:

  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV), Harrisburg - $280,000 for PCADV and 32 nonprofit community groups for domestic violence education and prevention programs.

  • AchieveAbility, Philadelphia - $100,000 toward literacy education and domestic violence prevention to improve the self-sufficiency of families.

  • Cheyney University, Cheyney - $50,000 to implement the Urban Educators' Literacy Summer Boot Camp to prepare minority high school youth with the skills to pursue a future career in education.

  • Pennsylvania Library Association, Harrisburg - $40,000 for the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child initiative to foster early childhood literacy for ages 3-6.

  • Doylestown Hospital, Doylestown - $25,000 to improve the quality of health care through Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Community Health Solution (CHS) integrated point of care.

  • Main Line Hospital, Bryn Mawr - $24,550 to achieve patient safety through the use of technology with mobile classrooms and handheld electronic devices.

  • Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh - $22,000 toward a pilot program for the treatment of women and children exposed to domestic violence.

  • Urban League of Philadelphia - $22,000 to support the Hip Hop Reader Program to enhance computer literacy skills in children aged 12-18.

  • Allegheny County Literacy Council - $20,000 to enhance the education of children in after-school programs with the Basics of Reading.

In addition to funding from Verizon Foundation, 20 Pennsylvania nonprofit literacy organizations received $240,000 in grants to support their literacy programs.  These programs reaped funding thanks to Verizon telephone customers who participated in Verizon's innovative Check Into Literacy program, which allows Verizon's landline telephone customers to check a box on their monthly phone bills to make a $1 tax-deductible donation to promote literacy throughout the United States.  Verizon then distributes these donations to local literacy organizations that serve the state the customers live in.    

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 2006, the foundation awarded more than $69 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the United States and abroad. The foundation also matched charitable donations from Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in $29 million in combined contributions. 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 more than 59 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which operates one of the most expansive wholly owned global IP networks, and Verizon Telecom, which is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon has a diverse workforce of approximately 242,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.