Verizon Reads receives Stevie Award for Corporate Social Responsibility

Contact: Satia Orange

Director, OLOS


For Immediate Release

June 16, 2005

Verizon Reads receives Stevie Award for Corporate Social Responsibility

CHICAGO - Verizon Reads was honored recently as the recipient of the "Stevie Award" for Corporate Social Responsibility. Hailed as the business world's own Oscars by the New York Post (April 27, 2005), the American Business Awards is the first national, all-encompassing business awards program recognizing excellence in the workplace.

Since 2000, Verizon, identified as “America's Literacy Champion,” has funded the American Library Association's (ALA) initiative through the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS). is a partnership-building website that responds to the assets and issues facing libraries, literacy programs, and communities. Since its launch in 2001, has helped libraries, literacy programs, and communities share resources and develop innovative ways of providing more effective library and literacy services to their community.

Verizon's category, “
Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program,” recognizes companies' contributions to society and the environment during 2004. Verizon Reads is the non-profit arm of Verizon, Inc.

The Stevie Awards were created to honor and generate public recognition of the efforts, accomplishments, and positive contributions of companies and business people worldwide. The mission of the awards is to raise the profile of exemplary companies and individuals among the press, the business community, and the general public, making it one of the world's most coveted awards among business people.

Nicknamed the Stevie for the Greek word “crowned,” the coveted awards are designed by the same company that makes the Oscar, Clio, and other major awards. More than 1,200 nominations were submitted for consideration in more than 40 categories.