IRVING, Texas, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon employees at dozens of
employee work locations across the state collected $33,147 worth of school
supplies to donate to schools during a recent Tools for School drive.
More than 500 Verizon locations throughout the country took part in the
three-week campaign to collect new pens and pencils, rulers, crayons,
backpacks and other items children need to start the school year. In all,
employees donated more than $500,000 worth of supplies to more than 400
schools and nonprofits across the U.S., with a specific focus on schools with
a large population of students from low-income families. A complete list of
organizations receiving the donations can be found at:
"Verizon has a long history of supporting education," said Carl E. Erhart,
president of Verizon's Central region. "Whether it's by providing free
interactive educational resources for parents and teachers through Verizon
Thinkfinity.org or by volunteering to assist an after-school program, Verizon
will continue support efforts to provide the tools children need to succeed in
Verizon Thinkfinity.org contains thousands of free educational resources
including interactive games, videos and activities that make learning fun.
Lesson plans, in-class activities and homework help can be found quickly and
searched by grade level, keyword, or subject.
The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications,
supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education 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.
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 87 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 235,000 and last year generated consolidated operating
revenues of more than $97 billion. For more information, visit
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