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ProLiteracy Congratulates New Verizon Foundation CEO

Extends Warm Wishes to Patrick Gaston

ProLiteracy, the world's largest adult literacy and basic education organization, congratulates Rose Stuckey Kirk on her new appointment as president of the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications. The Verizon Foundation supports education, domestic violence prevention, and online safety programs. Kirk will lead these projects and will handle Verizon's employee volunteerism program, while continuing to coordinate communications about Verizon's corporate responsibility.

Kirk succeeds Patrick Gaston, who will be joining the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund as an executive in residence for one year. The Haiti Fund assists with Haiti relief and reconstruction efforts following the 2010 earthquake. ProLiteracy has worked with Gaston and the Verizon Foundation on Verizon Thinkfinity, a consortium of national partners that creates free online resources for teaching and learning.

"The Verizon Foundation and Patrick Gaston have been true supporters of ProLiteracy as well as leading champions of literacy and basic education for all," says David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. "We are grateful for the important relationship ProLiteracy has had over the years with the Verizon Foundation and look forward to working with Rose in her new position."

"We are also excited to continue working with Patrick in his new role with the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund," Harvey adds. "ProLiteracy has a long history of success in supporting adult literacy programs with our partners in Haiti. As a native of Haiti, Patrick's involvement with the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund will bring increased attention to the urgent needs of this country."

With support from the Verizon Foundation, ProLiteracy is preparing to launch a new interactive, media rich website—ProLiteracy Education Network—to help better support 21st-century teaching and learning needs in global adult literacy instruction. Stay tuned for more information about the Network. For more information about Verizon Thinkfinity, please visit

In Haiti, ProLiteracy works with AyitiKonseVet (AKV) to train farmers in the basics of organic and regenerative/conservation agriculture. ProLiteracy helped AKV expand to include literacy classes on environmental sustainability through better farming and fundamental reading, writing, and arithmetic skills. A micro-credit activity gives farmers a reliable and sustainable income source. ProLiteracy also works with Fonkozé, the largest micro-finance institution offering a full range of financial services to the rural-based poor in Haiti. Fonkoze is committed to the economic and social improvement of the people and communities of Haiti and to the reduction of poverty in the country. ProLiteracy has also worked with Gwoupman Tet Ansanm Peyizan Fayet (GTAPF) and Hospital Albert Sweitzer.

After the 2010 earthquake, ProLiteracy established a relief fund to assist the adult learners in its network of partner programs in Haiti. Money raised through ProLiteracy's Haiti Earthquake Emergency Fund is given to these programs to meet the needs of staff and the individuals and families they serve.

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