The non-profit organization will be receiving a $24,500 grant from the Verizon Foundation during a ceremony on Monday morning at HISD's Oates Elementary School. The money will be used to support the foundation's programs that promote literacy for Houstonians of all ages.
"The City of Houston is experiencing critical budget challenges due to the ongoing uncertainty in the economy, and, as a result, the budgets in city departments, including the Houston Public Library, have been cut by 12.5 percent," said Susan Bischoff, President, Houston Public Library Foundation. "We are incredibly grateful for Verizon Foundation's support, which will ensure that more of the Library's free programs can continue."
The Houston Public Library Foundation helps advocate and fundraise for the Houston Public Library. The library's programming includes:
"We believe literacy is a priority in creating a community and a culture that can continue to build its future," said Krista Bourne, president - Houston/Gulf Coast Region, Verizon Wireless. "We 're proud to partner with the Houston Public Library Foundation to ensure that local families have access to not just books, but to technology, literacy programming and more through HPL Mobile Express."