Verizon Matches Employee Donations Dollar for Dollar to Aid Disaster Victims in China and Myanmar

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - The Verizon Foundation has started a 1-to-1 match for every dollar donated by Verizon employees to aid victims of the cyclones in Myanmar and the earthquake in the Sichuan province of China.

The foundation will match individual employee contributions of up to $1,000 per employee.

"Verizon employees are always eager to assist those affected by tragedy, and through the disaster relief incentive program the impact of their generosity will be doubled," said Verizon Foundation President Patrick Gaston. "We are hopeful that our contribution can play a role in bringing some comfort to the many victims and help rebuild their communities."

All contributions received through the program will go to Save the Children, which is assisting children and their families in both Myanmar and China.  The nonprofit organization helps children in need in the U.S. and around the world.

The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its signature program, Thinkfinity.org, and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence.  In 2007, the foundation awarded more than $67.4 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the United States and abroad. The foundation also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in $25.1 million in combined contributions. 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 Verizon's inception in 2000.

For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation.

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