A New App That Helps Schools In Washington Put A Stop To Teen Bullying Is Among Innovative Solutions Supported By The Verizon Foundation In 2011

BELLEVUE, WA — Dozens of schools in the state of Washington now have a solution to help stop teen bullying. Thanks to Web Wise Kids, there is an app for that. The organization is among many nonprofit groups that focused on education programs, domestic violence prevention and use of technology to deliver or enhance healthcare and received nearly $1 million dollars in 2011 from the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, and also HopeLine from Verizon Wireless.

Nationally, the foundation awarded more than $66 million to nonprofit organizations last year.

“Every day at Verizon we see firsthand how technology helps address big social issues like improving the quality of and access to health care, helping people make smarter energy choices and bolstering education,” said Tim McCallion, Verizon West region president. “Our company and our employees are part of the fabric of the communities we serve, and we’re proud to use the innovative power of Verizon’s network technology to support community organizations making life better for so many Washingtonians.”

Verizon employees volunteered at 203 nonprofit groups throughout Washington in 2011. The Verizon Foundation supports employee volunteerism and generosity and matches employee contributions to a nonprofit organization when a Verizon employee volunteers 50 hours, with more than $211,000 in contributions and matching gifts going to Washington nonprofits and charitable groups last year. Washington programs and organizations supported by the Verizon Foundation in 2011 include:

  • UNCF, Seattle--$24,500 to increase the number of minority and low-income college and scholarship applicants from Washington State.
  • Eastside Domestic Violence Program, Bellevue--$20,000 for counseling and other services to assist people who have experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
  • Web Wise Kids, Spokane--$30,000 to train educators throughout Eastern Washington to help students prevent cyber-bullying and sexting.

The Verizon Wireless HopeLine program provides free cell phones with airtime and cash grants to local shelters and organizations assisting survivors of domestic violence. During 2011, 22 organizations in Washington received cash grants and 970 cell phones with a combined value of $407,000 were distributed. Grant recipients included:

  • Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, Everett--$12,000 for teen dating violence prevention and education.
  • YWCA Pierce County, Tacoma--$15,000 to teach parenting and safety skills, conflict resolution and therapy for families recovering from domestic violence.
  • Youth Eastside Services, Bellevue--$5,000 for youth counseling and treatment for bullying and abusive dating.

Shared Success

By focusing on mobility, broadband, and global connectivity Verizon is breaking down old technology barriers and empowering businesses and communities. The company is delivering long-term shareholder growth by helping to solve and address pressing issues from health care to energy. To learn more about the strategy known within the company as shared success, visit http://responsibility.verizon.com/ or click here.

The Verizon Foundation helps people to live healthy, safe and independent lives by addressing disparities in education, health care and sustainability. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon’s employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.2 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information, visit www.verizonfoundation.org/.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with nearly 108 million total connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 194,000. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.