DENVER, November 8, 2002 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced a program that calls for the company to re-establish ties within the communities it serves. As part of the program, the Qwest Foundation, the company?s giving program, will receive additional support, assuring the Foundation?s funding beyond 2003. The Foundation will use the additional funding to support education and economic development initiatives. This action illustrates the company?s renewed commitment to the ?Spirit of Service.?

?We take our responsibility as a corporate citizen very seriously,? said Joan H. Walker, Qwest senior vice president of corporate marketing and communications. ?The Qwest Foundation will play a larger role in our efforts to ensure we are giving back to the communities we do business in - be it financial support, services or equipment, or employee volunteerism. Providing additional funding for the Qwest Foundation is just one of the steps we are taking to deliver on our commitment to be more involved in the communities we serve.?

As one of its initial efforts, the Qwest Foundation will be contributing $1 million to the United Way.

"United Way is very pleased that Qwest is re-engaging in our communities,? said Michael Durkin, president and CEO of the Mile High United Way. ?The work that United Way agencies do for our citizens will only be enhanced by the support of Qwest and its employees."

In addition to providing additional funding to the Qwest Foundation, Walker has re-organized the company?s corporate marketing and communications group and added additional resources to support community involvement. A new vice president of corporate social responsibility will be announced shortly.

Managing the day-to-day operations of the Foundation is Carey Macdonald, senior director, Qwest Foundation, Pioneers and retiree programs. Macdonald will also support the Qwest Pioneers, which is a volunteer organization comprised of current and former employees. Rich Karlis has been named director of community relations, and will lead the company?s efforts to reach out to groups and organizations in the communities Qwest serves.

The Qwest Foundation will provide funding for the Qwest Pioneers for 2003. The Qwest Pioneers dedicate themselves to community service throughout the company?s 14-state region by working on projects that directly support the communities where Qwest employees and retirees live and work. Qwest Pioneers contribute more than one million hours of volunteer service each year in Qwest?s 14-state region.

"Qwest Pioneers have been an active and successful volunteer group and we are encouraged and excited about Qwest's renewed community involvement and support of the Pioneers," said Frank Fagan, TelecomPioneers president.

Pioneer projects include assisting children with education, working with Habitat for Humanity to build houses for the homeless, and partnering with the disabled to build access ramps in parks.

?Qwest?s employees have a long, proud history of volunteerism,? added Walker. ?To support and encourage our employees who volunteer their time and efforts in their communities, Qwest is announcing a matching program. The Foundation will provide a financial donation to any non-profit organization when the employee volunteers 10 hours a month for six months.?

The Qwest Foundation board of directors is comprised of Qwest employees Barry K. Allen, R. Steven Davis, Annette M. Jacobs, Richard C. Notebaert, Yash Rana, and Walker (president), and outside member Linda G. Alvarado, president and CEO of Alvarado Construction.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services to more than 25 million customers. The company?s 53,000-plus employees are committed to the ?Spirit of Service? and providing world-class services that exceed customers? expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.


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