Deliver Your News to the World

Verizon Employees to Donate 200,000 Childrenís Books to Aid Literacy in Annual íSeasonís Readingsí Campaign


Since 2001, More Than 3,500 Schools, Libraries and Nonprofits Have Received 2 Million Books Through the Program

For the seventh consecutive year, schools, libraries and nonprofits across the country will receive thousands of books donated by Verizon employees as part of the Verizon Foundationís annual Seasonís Readings campaign.

This year, employees at more than 300 locations will participate in the annual giving campaign with the goal of collecting 200,000 books. The month-long campaign will end on Dec. 14.

Participating Verizon employees will have the opportunity to donate books to a school or nonprofit in their local area, or purchase books that will be sent to a nonprofit, which will use the books as part of the organizationís literacy programs.

This year, the Verizon Foundation has partnered with the National Center for Family Literacy to assist employees in selecting books that are both entertaining and educational for children.

ďYear after year, Verizon employees have demonstrated great generosity and a giving spirit that continue to make Seasonís Readings successful in advancing the cause of literacy in many of the communities we serve,Ē said Sharon Darling, NCFL founder and president. ďWeíre proud to partner with the Verizon Foundation on this program and provide a recommended, age-appropriate reading list that will not only bring a smile to the face of the child receiving the present, but also entertain and teach valuable lessons.Ē

Since the launch of Seasonís Readings in 2001, Verizon employees and the Verizon Foundation have donated more than 2 million books to 3,500 organizations across the country.

The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, is committed to improving literacy and K-12 education through its signature program; 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 foundationís Verizon Volunteer initiative, one of the nationís largest employee-volunteer programs, company employees and retirees have also contributed nearly 3 million hours of community service since Verizonís inception in 2000.

For more information on the foundation, visit

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates Americaís most reliable wireless network, serving 63.7 million customers nationwide. Verizonís Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nationís most advanced fiber-optic network. A Dow 30 company, Verizon has a diverse workforce of nearly 238,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion. For more information, visit


This news content was configured by WebWire editorial staff. Linking is permitted.

News Release Distribution and Press Release Distribution Services Provided by WebWire.