News Release

Verizon Foundation Accepting 2007 Grant Proposals In Connecticut

Connecticut Non-Profit Organizations Received $150,000 in 2006

April 26, 2007

Mike Murphy
Michael.Murphy@VerizonWireless.com
781-932-1213Marcia Simon
860-395-7244

WALLINGFORD, CT — Verizon Wireless, through the Verizon Foundation, is entering its fifth year of supporting eligible Connecticut non-profit organizations. Applications are considered from qualified public charities for work in three priority areas: Domestic Violence Prevention; Literacy; and Technology for Healthcare and Accessibility.

"We live in the communities we serve," said Ken Dixon, Verizon Wireless New England president. "Recognizing the challenges that non-profits face, we want to support their work in creating stronger communities."

Qualified Connecticut 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations are invited to submit 2007 grant proposals. Applications are accepted online only at www.verizon.com/foundation.

In 2006, Verizon Foundation awarded a total of $150,000 to numerous Connecticut organizations, including:

Domestic Violence Prevention:
Center for Children's Advocacy, Hartford
$10,000 to support an awareness, safety and prevention program regarding teenage dating violence

Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County, Bridgeport
$5,000 to support advocacy services for survivors of domestic violence

Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven
$5,000 to support counseling services for older teenagers in abusive relationships

Meriden-Wallingford Chrysalis
$5,000 to extend domestic violence support services, advocacy and programs

Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury
$5,500 to support counseling and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence in Southbury, Middlebury and Woodbury

Literacy:
Children's Community School, Waterbury
$5,000 to support library program including summer remedial reading project for students pre-K through grade 5

Connecticut Humanities Council, Hartford
$5,000 to support outreach literacy program for at-risk children

FSW, Bridgeport
$7,500 to support the organization's work with Literacy Volunteers of Southeast Fairfield County (LVSFC)

Meriden Children First Initiative, Meriden
$2,500 to support the Senior Buddy Readers program

Yale-New Haven Hospital
$5,000 for Parenting Support Programs, including outreach and education about pre-natal and post-partum care

Technology:
Concepts for Adaptive Learning, New Haven
$4,000 to support the Technology Cascade and Training Program, which targets underserved parents and students for comprehensive computer training

Holy Family Home and Shelter, Willimantic
$5,000 to help provide a technology update

Quinnipiac Business and Education Foundation, North Haven
$5,000 to support the Career Connection Online website, which links the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce site with businesses in Wallingford and North Haven

Rebuilding Together Hartford
$4,000 for website design and software upgrades

Please visit www.verizon.com/foundation for more information.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 59 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, NJ, with 65,000 employees nationwide. The company 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 the Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, is committed to improving literacy and K-12 education; fostering awareness and prevention of domestic violence; and promoting the use of technology in health-care delivery. In 2006, the foundation awarded more than $69 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the United States and abroad. The foundation also matched charitable donations from Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in $29 million in combined contributions. Under the foundation's Verizon Volunteer initiative, one of the nation's largest employee-volunteer programs, company employees and retirees have also contributed nearly 3 million hours of community service since Verizon's inception in 2000.For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation.  

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