News Release

Verizon Wireless Donates $10,000 To Spofford In Kansas City, Missouri

Funds Will Be Used to Update Technology in Local Children's Treatment Facility

August 9, 2005

Cheryl Bini
Cheryl.Bini@VerizonWireless.com
314-920-4922Tricia Jaworski
For Verizon Wireless
tricia@morningstarcomm.com  
913-851-8700 ext. 59

OVERLAND PARK, KS — Verizon Wireless, through the Verizon Foundation, has given a $10,000 grant to Spofford, a Kansas City, Mo.-based therapeutic and preventative treatment facility for children with behavior disorders. The funds will help update Spofford's technology needs.

Specifically, the grant will be used to install a four-station computer lab in support of a children's reading program. It will also fund two staff computers, a printer and wireless access networking at the center's South Kansas City location.

Spofford provides premier preventative and therapeutic services to Kansas and Missouri children ages four to twelve who have severe behavioral disorders due to abuse, neglect and childhood mental illness. Working to connect children, families and the community, the center offers residential care programs, foster care and adoption case management, and school-based case management services.

"Many of the children being treated at Spofford are victims of domestic abuse," said Mark Crumpton, president—Kansas/Missouri Region, Verizon Wireless. "Preventing and reducing domestic abuse is a priority for Verizon Wireless so we are pleased to provide the funds to Spofford and help these children."

"We depend on the generosity of companies like Verizon Wireless and the Verizon Foundation," said Linda Roser, Spofford resource development director. "This grant enables us to address our urgent technology needs so we can provide the best services and learning opportunities for children in the Kansas/Missouri community while they are in residence at Spofford."

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Spofford
Founded in 1916, Spofford offers community-based and residential therapeutic treatment services to Missouri and Kansas children ages 4 -12 with emotional and behavioral disorders due to abuse, neglect and childhood mental illness. Treatment services include intensive residential therapies, foster care and adoption case management, school-based case management services for at risk elementary students, and SCAMPS, a new summer day camp for elementary students with identified behavioral disorders. Call 816-508-3400 for more information on all programs and enrollment opportunities.

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