Verizon Awards Total Of $200,000 In Grants To New Jersey, New York Nonprofits To Assist Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts

Verizon Awards Total Of $200,000 In Grants To New Jersey, New York Nonprofits
                  To Assist Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts

PR Newswire

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Jan. 22, 2013

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Jan.22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Verizon continues its
commitment to support those affected by Hurricane Sandy in the hardest-hit
areas of New Jersey and New York by awarding a total of $200,000 in grants to
several nonprofit community organizations. Shortly after Hurricane Sandy,
Verizon pledged $1 million to support relief efforts. To date, Verizon
employees, Verizon Wireless customers and the Verizon Foundation have pledged
more than $6.2 million to assist with relief and rebuilding efforts. The
following organizations will receive grants:

New Jersey

  oCommunity Food Bank of New Jersey, Southern Branch
  oHabitat for Humanity (Essex, Union, Ocean Counties)
  oAtlantic City Rescue Mission
  oFood Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties
  oBig Brothers/Big Sisters of Ocean County
  oMayor McCormac Charity Fund (Woodbridge Township, NJ)
  oUnited Way of Monmouth County
  oPerth Amboy's Puerto Rican Association for Human Development

New York

  oMetropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (New York, NY)
  oUnited Teachers Federation (New York, NY)
  oStephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation (Staten Island, NY)
  oCity Harvest Food Bank (New York, NY)
  oIsland Harvest Food Bank (Nassau, Suffolk Counties)
  oThe Salvation Army of Long Island
  oUnited Way of Westchester
  oRockland Community Foundation
  oCatholic Charities (Brooklyn/Queens, NY)
  oUnited Way of Long Island

"Recovery is the most difficult part of dealing with a natural disaster, and
these additional Verizon Foundation grants will support the important work
these organizations do in helping communities recover and rebuild in New
Jersey and New York," said Mario Turco, president of the Philadelphia
Tri-State Region for Verizon Wireless, which includes central and southern New
Jersey.

In the wake of the storm, Verizon worked around the clock to ensure the
network stayed strong. More than a dozen Verizon Wireless mobile assets,
including 40-foot mobile communications trailers called Wireless Emergency
Communication Centers (WECCs), were staged throughout the New York metro and
Philadelphia tri-state regions to help Hurricane Sandy survivors recharge
their phones, reconnect with loved ones and apply online for Federal Emergency
Management Agency disaster recovery grants.

Verizon Wireless customers can still make a $10 donation to the American Red
Cross by texting REDCROSS to 90999, and those who would like to give more can
donate up to $50 via text.

Verizon Wireless encourages customers to visit the Verizon Wireless Emergency
Preparedness site to find tips and information to help them stay connected
before, during and after an emergency.

The Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using the
company's innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education,
health care and energy management. 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 about
Verizon's philanthropic work, visit www.verizonfoundation.org; or for regular
updates, visit the Foundation on Facebook (www.facebook.com/verizonfoundation)
and Twitter (www.twitter.com/verizongiving).

About Verizon Communications

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 96 million retail customers 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 184,500. For more information, visit
www.verizon.com.



SOURCE Verizon Wireless

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