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.
If you are interested in having a Verizon representative attend your community meeting please contact Mario Acosta-Velez at email@example.com.
Featured Events and Grants
Our work is done through strategic partnerships with nonprofits, through informed grant-making that represents an investment in results, and through the exceptional volunteer spirit of Verizon's employees. Choose a category below to find just a few examples of how we're working to reach our goals.
Hundreds Gather in the Nation’s Capital for Domestic Violence Forum With Iyanla Vanzant Hosted By Verizon and WHUR
WHUR 96.3 FM and HUR-Voices SiriusXM 141, part of the Howard University Radio Network, partnered with Verizon to host a domestic violence forum featuring life coach Iyanla Vanzant on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium. The forum entitled, “Behind Closed Doors,” was a 90-minute interactive discussion with Vanzant, host of “Iyanla Fix My Life” on the Oprah Winfrey Network, about the impact domestic violence has on individuals, families and communities. She noted that domestic violence impacts 1 in every 4 women and 1 in every 7 men nationwide. During the program, Vanzant talked with victims and perpetrators about their experiences with domestic and intimate partner violence and engaged a resource panel of advocates and experts who offered advice and shared important information.
Representatives from domestic violence prevention organizations around the region were on hand to provide one-on-one counseling to those in need. “Behind Closed Doors” is part of a month-long WHUR-Verizon campaign to educate the public about the signs of domestic violence and provide information on where to seek help for both the abused and abuser.
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.
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 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.
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.
What is Global Corporate Citizenship?
Verizon is focused on using technology to solve critical social issues in sustainability, education, and healthcare. Through the support of our employees and our resources, we help address the needs of communities around the world.
HopeLine: You Can Make a Difference
HopeLine from Verizon connects survivors of domestic violence to vital resources, funds and organizations nationwide and recycles no-longer-used phones to help protect the environment. [ Learn More ]