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Japan Relief: Verizon Helps Raise Funds, Waives Fees
Verizon Foundation Pledges to Match Verizon Employee Donations
NEW YORK, NY — In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami, Verizon quickly implemented a mobile giving program to give customers an easy way to contribute to Japan relief efforts, made wireless calls and texts to Japan free, and waived charges for calls to Japan for most residential customers.
Today, the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, announced it will match Verizon employee contributions to the American Red Cross, Save the Children and World Vision for relief efforts, $1-for-$1 up to $1,000 per employee, through the Verizon disaster relief incentive program.
Rose Kirk, president of the Verizon Foundation, said, “Verizon is committed to using its technology and its financial resources to support those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Our employees have a long history of mobilizing quickly to assist communities in need, and we are proud to join them in this effort.”
Verizon employees can take advantage of matching contributions through the Verizon disaster relief program, while Verizon Wireless customers can contribute to the Japan relief efforts through their mobile phones. Verizon Wireless customers can make a $10 donation to their choice of ten non-profit organizations responding to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami by simply sending a text message – simply text the specific word to the organization’s designated short code:
Verizon Wireless always waives text-messaging fees for disaster relief, and 100 percent of each $10 donation goes to the relief organization. For Verizon Wireless customers who pay monthly bills, the $10 donations will appear in customers’ next regular monthly bill. For customers using the company’s prepaid services, the $10 donations will be taken from customers’ prepaid balance.
In addition, Verizon is making it easier for customers to get in touch with loved ones in Japan with free phone calls and texts to Japan and also offering free access to TV Japan:
* Only long-distance usage charges associated with calls made from residential landlines terminating to wireline or wireless destinations in Japan will be waived from Mar. 11 – April 10. All other fees including taxes, surcharges, monthly recurring charges (MRCs), minimum spend levels (MSLs), monthly minimum charges (MMCs), etc. will continue to apply. Post-paid calling card charges to Japan will also be waived.
** If long- distance calling fees were charged, credits will be issued in a future bill statement.
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