At Verizon Washington DC, every outreach program and initiative we undertake centers around our core belief: the power of communications technologies to change lives. Our efforts are rooted in a century-old tradition of giving back to the communities we serve, guided by the firm belief that technology can have a profound and positive effect on social issues. Verizon Washington, DC manages a strategic outreach program designed to maximize its impact by reaching all residents and businesses within the District of Columbia.
Working with D.C. government, non-profit organizations, corporate partners and Verizon employee volunteers, our External Affairs team has designed and implemented community outreach and education programs that serve a broad spectrum of community and educational-based organizations across the District of Columbia.
Every year Verizon Washington, DC conducts more than a hundred visits to non-profit organizations, civic association meetings, ANC meetings, and community events throughout the city's eight wards to educate DC residents on the programs, services and information available to them. This includes information about the Economy II Service, internet safety, emergency preparedness, and technology education.
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Featured Events and Grants
Verizon Salutes the Latin American Youth Center During Hispanic Heritage Month
As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15-October 15, (LAYC), a key youth leadership and development organization in the DC area and one of our long-term community partners. For over 10 years, Verizon has supported initiatives at LAYC including the computer literacy lab, the literacy through technology and teaching program and youth development.
This year, Verizon partnered with LAYC to support the Healthy Relationships Program designed to raise awareness about dating violence and help build healthy relationships among multicultural youth in the DC area. To learn more, visit http://www.layc-dc.org.
Ward 5 Senior Summit
On Saturday, July 26, Verizon participated in the Senior Summit - Ward 5, hosted by Councilmember Anita Bonds at the Providence Hospital - Ross Auditorium. The summit attracted more than 70 seniors and featured several exhibits by key city agencies such as the DC Office on Aging and the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The event gathered input from seniors on important issues such as elder abuse, affordable housing and transportation, health and wellness, and age-friendly DC initiative. Verizon's team distributed information about emergency preparedness, being safe on the Internet and discounted phone services, and also assisted with customer service issues.
Vice President Joe Biden Recognizes Domestic Violence Prevention Leadership
During this year’s annual DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP) celebration, Vice President Joe Biden thanked Verizon for its corporate leadership on domestic violence prevention and the company’s ongoing support of the DCVLP.
Pictured (L to R): Verizon Wireless' Washington-Baltimore-Virginia Regional President, Marquett Smith; Verizon Wireless' Melanie Ortel; Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States.
Washington Business Journal’s 2014 Corporate Philanthropy Awards
The Washington Business Journal honored Verizon for our philanthropic work in the DC area during the 2014 Corporate Philanthropy Awards breakfast yesterday (June 19) at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. Verizon ranked 4 out of 50 top corporate philanthropists for our monetary giving and 4 out of 25 for our employee volunteer hours. Through the Verizon Foundation and our employee volunteer program, the company has supported many nonprofit organizations and community initiatives that help address important social issues in the areas of health care, STEM, domestic violence prevention, sustainability, and community and business development. As a leading technology company, Verizon is a good corporate citizen committed to supporting the diverse communities we serve.
Pictured (L to R): Verizon's Mario Acosta-Velez; Alex Orfinger, Publisher - Washington Business Journal
On June 5, Verizon participated in theDistrict of Columbia Office on Aging’s Annual Senior Picnic held in Ward 8 and attended by more than 600 seniors. Participating seniors received tips on emergency preparednessand being safe on the Internet and information on discounted phone services. The Verizon team also assisted with customer service issues.
Verizon Helps District’s Seniors Learn How to Use Mobile Technology
On May 7, Verizon hosted a technology fair at the Mayor’s Third Annual Senior Symposium at the Hyatt Regency – Capitol Hill attended by more than 600 seniors from across the District of Columbia. During the opening session, Verizon’s Karen Campbell provided remarks highlighting the company’s role as a technology leader and the importance and benefits of advanced technology, such as wireless and fiber, for seniors. Participating seniors received tips on emergency preparedness and being safe on the Internet and information on discounted phone services. Verizon teams also provided one-on-one training assistance to help seniors navigate the features on their wireless devices and assisted with customer service issues.
Verizon Hosts Outreach and Technology Fair at Bernice Fontenau Senior Wellness Center
On May 5, Verizon, in partnership with the Bernice Fontenau Senior Wellness Center hosted a senior technology fair where seniors received free health and wellness information; tips on emergency preparedness and being safe on the Internet; and information on discounted phone services. Verizon teams also provided one-on-one training and personal assistance to help seniors navigate the features on their wireless devices; demonstrated the benefits of fiber optic technology; and assisted with customer service issues.
Verizon Celebrates an Innovative Leader at LGW Spring Gala
Verizon presented the Innovative Leadership Award to Barbara Lang, former President and CEO of the DC Chamber of Commerce, at the Leadership Greater Washington (LGW) Spring Gala on April 3. The award recognized Barbara Lang’s outstanding leadership and contributions to the business community and the District of Columbia. The event attracted more than 300 LGW members, including leaders from government, non-profit and private sectors, and celebrated LGW’s unique role in promoting regional collaboration. LGW has been on of Verizon long-term community partners, and we were proud to serve as one of the events main sponsors.
DC Education Festival
When it comes to education, parents and students in the nation’s capital have a choice. Hundreds of people gathered for the 5th DC Education Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday (1/11) to learn first-hand about education options for children from pre-school to high school and adult education to General Educational Development (GED) exams.
Education experts, community representatives and the mayor’s office staff also were on hand for this free, all-in-one event that was open to all communities, families and the general public.
Attendees were able to view student performances; browse the community market; sample cutting-edge technology; attend the STEM Pavilion that showcased robotics and student demonstrations; participate in workshops; and attend a Verizon-sponsored discussion, ‘Town Hall Education DC.’ The town hall forum addressed current education issues and included leaders from government, community organizations, education and private sectors.
“Verizon continues its everyday dedication to its communities by providing a foundation for educational achievement,” said Mario Acosta-Velez, Verizon’s director of state government affairs. “We want our future leaders to succeed, and thus we must create opportunities where they can prosper and excel academically.”
Verizon Hosts Outreach and Technology Fair at Model Cities Senior Wellness Center
More than 70 senior citizens participated in a Community Outreach and Education Fair sponsored by Verizon at the Model Cities Senior Wellness Center in Ward 5. Attendees received free information about health, community programs, emergency preparedness and Internet safety, and learned about available discounted phone services. Verizon teams provided one-on-one training and personal assistance to help seniors navigate the features on their wireless devices and highlighted the benefits of fiber optic technology. John Thompson, Director of DC Office of Aging, attended the event. Community partners that provided information to about programs for seniors included AARP-DC, Washington Home and the DC Department of Health.
Verizon and Urban Alliance offer internship opportunities for high school students
Verizon is proud to support Urban Alliance's High School Internship Program which offers youth unique internship opportunities to work at the Verizon DC government affairs office. Verizon’s funding will help Urban Alliance implement a year-long internship program for high school seniors to gain valuable professional workplace experience. The Verizon-Urban Alliance partnership allows youth participants to engage in hands-on work experience, learn about technology and communications, and develop an interest in STEM careers.
Nonprofits in the Nation’s Capital Combat Domestic Violence Against Youth and Adults, With Funding From the Verizon Foundation
During a recognition ceremony on Wednesday (Nov. 13), in an effort to raise domestic violence awareness and prevention, Verizon and D.C. Councilmember Anita Bonds announced nearly $150,000 in foundation grants to go to Washington-area nonprofits working to prevent abuse against youth and adults. [ Learn More ]
Verizon Receives Community Service Award by Anacostia Coordinating Council
On Saturday, Sept. 28, during the Anacostia Coordinating Council’s 30th anniversary celebration and annual boat ride, Verizon received the 2013 Community Service Award in recognition of our continuous support of the Council’s programs and initiatives, especially the boat ride and the Back-to-School Block Party, which attracts more than 500 residents each year and provides school supplies to children in need. The award also recognized the company’s philanthropic support in Ward 8 including healthcare, education and literacy, computer training, domestic violence prevention, culture and arts.
Outreach Fairs Educate Seniors about Technology and Community Programs
Hundreds of senior citizens recently participated in two Community Outreach, Resources and Education Fairs sponsored by Verizon in the District of Columbia. On September 20th, more than 60 seniors attended the an event hosted in partnership with Emmaus Services for the Aging at the Kennedy Recreation Center in Ward 2. And more than 80 seniors attended a fair at the Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center in Ward 4 on September 25th. Councilmembers Jack Evans and Muriel Bowser attended these special events.
At both Fairs, more than 20 community organizations distributed important information promoting healthy living and support services for the aged and their families. Attendees received free health screenings, enjoyed sessions on emergency preparedness and Internet safety, and learned about available discounted phone services. Verizon teams also provided one-on-one training and personal assistance to help seniors navigate the features on their wireless devices; demonstrated the benefits of fiber optic technology; and assisted with customer service issues.
Verizon Showcases Technology and Community Partners at DC Reception
At Verizon’s Technology Solutions Improving Life reception in Washington, D.C. on June 27, company officials showed city leaders and government officials firsthand how Verizon – as an industry leader – is using innovation and technology to improve and change customers’ lives. It was an exciting and educational evening where the story was shared about Verizon being a technology solutions provider for residential and business customers and a good corporate citizen that invests in D.C. partnerships and communities. With more than 75 guests in attendance, Verizon highlighted the benefits of its networks, touted the reliability of fiber technologyand demonstrated products such asHome Phone Connect, which provides wireless equipment for use with home voice service, andHomeFusion, a service that provides high-speed in-home Internet access throughVerizon’s 4G LTE network. HomeFusion is a reliable alternative to residential broadband, especially in areas with limited broadband availability.
A few of Verizon’s shared success community partners – including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Children’s National Medical Center, Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care and Unity Health Care – were on hand to show how they use technology in their programs. These initiatives include, but are not limited to, domestic violence prevention programs, sustainability efforts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs, telemedicine, electronic and dental medical records and other health care technology. The technology reception was held at the Washington, DC Economic Partnership at 15th & F Streets, N.W.
Fiber Advancing Children’s Healthcare & Education in DC
Fiber has opened up a new way of doing business for us, allowing Kaiser Permanente physicians to connect from many more locations remotely and enjoy connectivity just as if they were in the same office or building as the patient. The technology is fast, reliable, secure and provides the strong bandwidth capability that is essential to our innovative delivery system infrastructure at Kaiser Permanente. This breaks down distance barriers and allows us to devise creative solutions in order to continue to provide market leading expedient, coordinated and high quality patient care.
Empowering Teachers and Students in the Classroom
A Verizon is working with more than 200 teachers in 24 schools to provide the training they need to more effectively integrate mobile technology in their classrooms. See how students are benefiting and thriving.
The Bandwidth Effect, Episode 4: "A Broader Education"
Verizon is using technology to prepare students for success in the 21st century. Advancements in broadband and fiber optics technology now allow you to access the best that online education has to offer through faster connections, so you can create your own individualized learning experience. Our comprehensive strategy leverages mobile technology, award-winning free digital content, and teacher training for schools and organizations; all focused on increasing student interest and achievement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
"Telling Amy's Story"
This powerful documentary chronicles the story of Amy Homan McGee, who was shot and killed by her husband. Hosted by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay, and told by Detective Deirdri Fishel, Telling Amy's Story follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred on November 8, 2001.Learn more.