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June 23, 2008

Re:      Verizon Announces Grants to Promote Literacy in
New Jersey (Nonprofit Organizations Can Apply
for Share of $325,000 in Grants From Company)

Dear Mayor:

Thanks to the generosity of Verizon customers who participated in the company's “Check Into Literacy” program, nonprofit literacy organizations in New Jersey are now eligible to receive a total of $325,000 in grants. The “Check Into Literacy” initiative allows Verizon landline phone customers to make a convenient $1-a-month, tax-deductible donation to support literacy programs when customers pay their Verizon bill. Grant awards will range from $1,000 to $25,000.  Since the program began in New Jersey in 2000, nearly $1 million has been collected for the “Check Into Literacy” program.
Eligible nonprofit organizations in the state can submit proposals via e-mail. More information about the grants, including application instructions and forms, can be found at  
To qualify for funding, applicants must be a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization providing basic reading skills and computer and Web-based literacy programs to New Jersey residents in underserved communities in Verizon's landline service territory. Grant proposals must be submitted by midnight July 31, 2008. Verizon plans to announce grant recipients on or around Sept. 30.
“A dollar a month may not seem like much, but it can go a long way to improving literacy skills in local communities and giving people the opportunity to succeed,” said Dennis Bone, President of Verizon New Jersey. “Literacy is the foundation of a successful future, and Verizon is proud to partner with our customers to assist literacy organizations throughout New Jersey.”  
We invite you to share this information with your local non-profit organizations, providing literacy services in your community.

For more information, visit And if you have any further questions, contact Rich Young at 973-649-2279 or

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director


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