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Verizon Employees in Indiana Donate $3,600 Worth of Items to Assist Area Schools


FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Verizon employees at seven work locations across the state collected $3,680 worth of items to donate to schools during a recent Tools for School drive.

The offices were among 372 Verizon locations throughout the country that took part in the two-week campaign to collect new pens and pencils, rulers, crayons, backpacks, and other items children need to start the school year. In all, employees donated an estimated $300,000 worth of supplies to more than 300 schools and nonprofits across the U.S.

“Supporting education and literacy has long been a primary social cause for Verizon,” said Gale Given, president of Verizon’s central region. “Whether it’s by providing interactive educational tools on Verizon’s Web site, or pencils and crayons for the classroom, Verizon will continue to support efforts to give parents, students and teachers the tools needed to help all children succeed.”

The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its signature program,, and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence. In 2007, the foundation awarded more than $67.4 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the United States and abroad. The foundation also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in $25.1 million in combined contributions. 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 Verizon’s inception in 2000.

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