Monday, August 03, 2009

Four Texas Nonprofit Organizations Receive $29,300 in Literacy Grants From Verizon

IRVING, Texas — A dollar a month may not seem like much, but it can go a long way to improving literacy skills in local communities and giving people the opportunity to succeed.

Thanks to Verizon telephone customers in Texas who participate in Verizon's Check Into Literacy program, four nonprofit organizations throughout the Lone Star State have received $29,300 in grants to support their literacy programs.

The Check Into Literacy program allows Verizon's landline telephone customers to support literacy by checking a box on their monthly phone bills to make a $1 tax-deductible donation to promote literacy throughout the United States. Verizon then distributes these donations to local literacy organizations that serve the state the customers live in.

"One of the most effective tools to promote literacy arrives in your mailbox each month: your Verizon phone bill," said Carl Erhart, president of Verizon's Central region. "Verizon customers who participate in this program show how much they care about our communities through their donations, and we applaud them for it."

Verizon awarded literacy grants to the following organizations:
Tom Green County Adult Literacy Council, San Angelo -- $6,751.
Literacy Texas, Fort Worth -- $13,500.
Families & Literacy, Kerrville -- $4,250.
AVANCE - Rio Grande Valley, McAllen -- $4,800.

The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational Web site 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.

Your company can be a great tool in fostering philanthropy within your community. Verizon's literacy grants are 100 percent funded by its customers. The Check into Literacy program created awareness and the customers were eager to participate in supporting the improvement of the community. Giving people a convenient way to give is a great way for your company to get involved and show support for the community.

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