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.
Verizon Gives D.C. Girl Scouts the 411 on Pursuing STEM Courses and Careers
DC Public Schools students who are part of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital learned firsthand what it takes to work at a technology company and why STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is so important for their future success. The middle schoolers participated in an interactive panel discussion with Verizon employees representingoperations, wireless and state government affairs, got a technology demonstration and interacted in small group mentoring sessions. DC Councilmember Brianne Nadeau (Ward 1) discussed the importance of STEM education, the Girl Scout program and community service. Sward Tondoneh, traveling chief of staff for DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, and a former Verizon intern, discussed what prepared her for the workplace.
D.C.’s Older Adults Get a Lesson in Technology at Mayor’s 4th Annual Senior Symposium
Verizon conducted senior outreach and technology education at the Mayor’s 4th Annual Senior Symposium on Wednesday, May 13, at the Renaissance Hotel. More than 800 seniors were in attendance. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Office on Aging's Director, John Thompson, recognized Verizon for its continued support and presence in the senior community. Thompson said, "We gratefully acknowledge Verizon for demonstrating its commitment to our seniors, persons living with disabilities, caregivers and family members of the District of Columbia." Verizon's Karen Campbell gave remarks and highlighted key Verizon initiatives such as the senior technology fairs reaching over 2,000 seniors within the last year and a half. And the Verizon Wireless team provided one-on-one assistance to seniors on how to use smartphones and tablets. Seniors also received information on Internet safety, emergency preparedness and discounted phone services.
Verizon Employee Volunteers Assist Seniors at Health and Wellness Fairs
In April, several Verizon employee volunteers participated in two Health and Wellness Fairs held at the Chevy Chase Community Center in Ward 4 and the Emery Recreation Center in Ward 3. Verizon's team hosted informational tables, addressed seniors’ service questions and distributed information about lifeline, emergency preparedness and internet safety to more than 150 seniors. The event featured several exhibits by key city agencies, such as the DC Office on Aging, and many community organizations.
Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital Inspires Girls to Learn About STEM
On March 14, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital held its Tenth Annual Encuentro de Chicas Latinas, a day-long leadership development program that inspired more than 200 Latina teens to create a better future by discovering their abilities and strengths; connecting and learning from several Latina leaders from different fields; and taking action to make the world a better place. This year the program included STEM education to encourage the teens to learn about STEM, highlight the importance of STEM careers today and in the future, and provide mentoring and interaction with female role models who are succeeding in STEM fields. Verizon’s Mario Acosta-Velez spoke during the event and highlighted our company’s commitment to support STEM education and our Verizon Innovative App Challenge, a national competition to increase student learning and engagement in STEM. To learn more about the great work that they do in our community, visit http://www.gscnc.org.
Verizon Employee Volunteers Assist Seniors at Emmaus Services for the Aging’s Holiday Celebration
On December 19, several Verizon employee volunteers participated in the Emmaus Services for the Aging’s Annual Holiday Celebration held at the Kennedy Recreation Center. The event attracted more than 150 seniors and featured several exhibits by key city agencies, such as the DC Office on Aging, and many community organizations. Verizon team helped with setting up, distributing lunch, and engaging seniors in the event activities. Our team distributed information about emergency preparedness, Internet safety, discounted phone services, and also assisted with customer service issues.
Verizon Recognized As Age-Friendly Business in DC
The Washington, DC Economic Partnership and Age-Friendly DC designated Verizon as an age-friendly business in the nation’s capital. Verizon was one of several businesses honored during a press conference on December 10 where D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray released the Age-Friendly DC Strategic Plan and the Age-Friendly business Initiative. Verizon was honored for best practices in serving older adults, which included conducting senior technology fairs and consumer education and awareness sessions, participating in various senior community events, tailoring products and services to seniors and creating a welcoming atmosphere for seniors at the Verizon Wireless stores.
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
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