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Verizon Enlists Employees, Customers to Assist Victims of Oklahoma Tornadoes

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Verizon Enlists Employees, Customers to Assist Victims of Oklahoma Tornadoes

16:35 EDT Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Verizon Commits $100,000 in Grants to Disaster Relief; Verizon Foundation Will Match Employees' Donations to American Red Cross, Salvation Army
Verizon Wireless Customers Can Text Donations to Red Cross

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon is calling on its employees and customers to join in assisting the victims of the May 19-20 tornadoes that swept through the Oklahoma City area.  Verizon has committed $100,000 in grants to disaster relief in the area, and the Verizon Foundation will provide a 1-to-1 match of employee online donations (from $25 up to $1,000 per employee) to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. 

Verizon Wireless customers can make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to support the American Red Cross.  Text messaging fees will be waived and 100 percent of each donation goes directly to the Red Cross.  Verizon Wireless customers who pay monthly bills will see their donations on their next regular monthly bill.  For customers using the company's prepaid services, donations will be taken from their prepaid balances.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of these horrific storms," said Dean Taylor, Verizon Wireless president-Oklahoma.  "Verizon employees work and live in these communities, and we're committed to supporting our neighbors in Moore, Shawnee and other communities in the Oklahoma City area."

(NOTE: Click here for more on Verizon's response to the Oklahoma tornadoes.)

The Verizon Foundation helps people to live healthy, safe and independent lives by addressing disparities in education, healthcare and sustainability.  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 6.8 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information, visit www.verizonfoundation.org. 

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 99 million retail connections 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 nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 181,900.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.  

VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon's online News Center at newscenter.verizon.com.  The news releases are available through an RSS feed.  To subscribe, visit newscenter.verizon.com/corporate/feeds.

 

SOURCE Verizon

For further information: Linda Laughlin, 918-590-5595, linda.laughlin@verizon.com, or Harry Mitchell, 304-356-3404, harry.j.mitchell@verizon.com

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