Verizon Wireless Continues Commitment To Literacy Programs

Verizon Wireless Continues Commitment To Literacy Programs

Wireless Communications Company Donates $20,000 to NashvilleREAD

March 6, 2001



Verizon Wireless recently announced that the company's Midsouth region donated $20,000 to NashvilleREAD as part of its continuing efforts to support literacy programs.

NashvilleREAD is dedicated to teaching children how to read through learning programs based around fun activities, including phonics and word-pattern games. Trained volunteers work with local public school students in grades one through three, mainly in low-income areas of the city. The Verizon Wireless donation will go directly to NashvilleREAD's volunteer department, an area of the non-profit organization that is constantly in need of funding.

"We are truly excited to work with NashvilleREAD and to be able to donate money to such a worthy organization," said Rick Gall, president-Midsouth region, Verizon Wireless. "Helping literacy programs is an initiative that we wholeheartedly support, and we are pleased that our donation will be used where it is most needed."

NashvilleREAD will use the Verizon Wireless donation to help pay for training expenses, purchase recruitment materials for volunteers and teaching materials for tutors.

"The children are learning to read while having fun in our programs," said Angie Brix of NashvilleREAD. "It's very rewarding, both for the student and for the tutor. But we cannot continue our programs without the help of companies such as Verizon Wireless. This donation will go to part of our organization that does not receive much funding."

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with 27.5 million wireless voice and data customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp -- now Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) -- and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. Verizon Wireless, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 38,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.