Verizon Donates $27,000 to Disaster Relief Efforts in Dominican Republic and Haiti

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NEW YORK - To help the victims of recent torrential rains, flooding and landslides in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the Verizon International Foundation today donated $27,000 to the American Red Cross.

"The damages to the region are catastrophic, and the devastating floods and landslides have left tens of thousands in need of support," said Jorge Ivan Ramirez, president of Verizon Dominicana. "The American Red Cross will use this gift to assist with critical water sanitation efforts for the people and communities affected by this disaster."

The Verizon International Foundation is also encouraging employee donations to assist with relief efforts. The foundation will match registered employee donations to qualified nonprofit agencies providing assistance to the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

The $27,000 includes $2,000 donated on behalf of Verizon Dominicana employees who also contributed water, clothes and non-perishables. Verizon Communications owns 100 percent of the company, which is the largest telecommunications provider in the Dominican Republic.

The Verizon International Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon International, supports a variety of education and economic initiatives that focus on literacy, work force development and community technology development. The foundation is committed to improving the quality of life of the global communities and customers served by Verizon and its international affiliates. For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation.

A Dow 30 company, Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services, with approximately $68 billion in annual revenues. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States. Verizon 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.

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