Verizon Supports Activities for Local Hispanic Community

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Verizon, recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity, is helping to sponsor the 2006 visit of the Mexican Consulate of Chicago to northeast Indiana. Consulate representatives will be using Verizon's super-high-speed FiOS Internet access service at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 2120 S. Harrison, Aug. 3-4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and. Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Consulate officials will provide information on marriage licenses, Mexican passports, notary services and other topics. Verizon representatives also will be providing information on FiOS and other products and services.

In addition, Verizon is providing $2,000 to assist with the Grassroots Leadership Development Program, presented by the Hispanic Leadership Coalition of Northeast Indiana. The five-month-long series will help attendees understand immigration issues and citizenship, taxes and voter registration; how to help their children succeed in school; health relationships, public safety and community correction; driving laws and auto insurance; how to effectively influence public policy; and other issues. All participants who attend all nine meetings will receive a scholarship to attend the annual conference of the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute in Chicago in March 2007.

Verizon has received widespread recognition for its commitment to diversity.: LATINA Style magazine named Verizon to its special Top 13 list of the 50 Top Companies for Hispanic Women; Hispanic Business magazine named Verizon as one of the top five companies in the list of the 25 Best Companies for Hispanics to work for; Latin Business magazine named Verizon to its Corporate Diversity Honor Roll; and DiversityInc magazine named Verizon as one of the best companies for diversity (No. 9 on the 2005 List of 50 Best Companies), and to the magazine's 2005 list of top companies for supplier diversity.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a Dow 30 company, 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 nearly 55 million customers nationwide. Verizon Business operates one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks. Verizon Telecom is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers. Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of more than 252,000 and generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.