Verizon Employees Collect More Than $450,000 Worth of Household Items to Assist Victims of Domestic Violence

NEW YORK - More than 1,200 Verizon volunteers across the country took part in a 14-day Shower for the Shelter campaign to collect needed clothing, personal items and household supplies to support shelters that serve survivors of domestic violence.  More than $450,000 worth of items were collected, a record-high amount that surpassed last year's total by approximately 10 percent.

The Verizon Foundation partnered with the National Network to End Domestic Violence to organize the recent drive at 485 Verizon, Verizon Business and Verizon Wireless locations across the country to support nearly 200 domestic violence shelters.

"The record-breaking number of items collected will fill vital needs in shelters across the country," said Sue Else, president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.  "Verizon volunteers stepped up to the plate at a critical time.  The demand for shelter services is up, and the donations will serve thousands of domestic violence survivors in need.  Especially during difficult economic times, we're grateful that Verizon volunteers remain committed to helping their communities."

All the donated items will be distributed later this month to domestic violence shelters in the local communities where the items were collected.

"We are so grateful to the Shower for the Shelter Verizon Program," said Dottie David-Wilson, director of development and marketing, YWCA Eastern Union County in Cranford, N.J.  "Without the generosity of the Verizon volunteers, the women and children who are victims of domestic violence would have even fewer essential resources to help them begin new safe and violence-free lives." 

This was the Verizon Foundation's third annual Shower for the Shelter campaign. Since its launch in October 2007, Verizon employees have collected more than $1,050,000 worth of household items to benefit shelters that assist survivors of domestic violence.

"Every year our Verizon volunteers give generously of their time and talent to benefit valuable organizations in their communities," said Verizon Foundation President Patrick Gaston. "Through the Shower for Shelter campaign, Verizon volunteers have helped raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence and provided items that will help those who help survivors."

The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational Web site, Thinkfinity.org, and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence.  In 2008, the Verizon Foundation awarded more than $68 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad.  It also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in an additional $26 million in combined contributions to nonprofits.  Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation's largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 3 million hours of community service since 2000. For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizonfoundation.org.

The National Network to End Domestic Violence Fund (NNEDV Fund) is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing public education, training and technical assistance to maintain and develop the professional expertise of advocates working to end domestic violence.  The NNEDV Fund strives to strengthen advocates as organizers and activists in the tradition of social change movements.  For more information, please visit www.nnedvfund.org.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 86 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations provide converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  Wireline also includes Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 237,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.