Community Outreach

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 the Telephone Pioneers, D.C. government, non-profit organizations and corporate partners our External Affairs team has designed and implemented community outreach 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 and services available to them. This includes such programs as Verizon DC's Economy II Service, Message B Service, Child Internet Safety and Check Into Literacy.

If you are interested in having a Verizon representative attend your community meeting please contact Mario Acosta-Velez at


Featured Events and Grants


Verizon Celebrates an Innovative Leader at LGW Spring GalaVerizon 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 at the DC Education Festival

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 hosted an outreach and technology fair at the Model Cities Senior Wellness Center

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 studentsVerizon 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.

To learn more about Urban Alliance, visit

Nonprofits in the Nation’s Capital Combat Domestic Violence Against Youth and Adults, With Funding From the Verizon Foundation

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 CouncilVerizon 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

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

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 technology and demonstrated products such as Home Phone Connect, which provides wireless equipment for use with home voice service, and HomeFusion, a service that provides high-speed in-home Internet access through Verizon’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.

Senior Symposium Promotes DC as an Age-Friendly City

Senior Symposium Promotes DC as an Age-Friendly City

On May 10, Verizon’s Tony Lewis, regional vice president of state government affairs for Mid-Atlantic Region, delivered remarks during the opening session of Mayor Gray’s Second Annual Senior Symposium: An Age-Friendly City, hosted by the District of Columbia Office on Aging (DCOA). The Symposium attracted more than 400 seniors from across the city and featured vigorous panel discussions, an exhibit hall with more than 20 organizations with services for seniors, and a technology center where seniors signed up for services online and learned how to use wireless devices. Verizon participated in all three segments of the Symposium, delivering relevant information such as emergency preparedness tips and literature about the lifeline program for seniors. At the technology center, our wireless team offered educational demos to seniors on how to use smart phones and tablets.

Verizon Supports AALEAD Education ProgramsVerizon Supports AALEAD Education Programs

On March 20, 2013, Asian American LEAD (AALEAD), one of Verizon’s community partners, held its Annual Awards Dinner celebrating the organization’s accomplishments serving Asian American youth in the DC. The event was attended by more than 200 supporters, including community and corporate representatives. AALEAD has been recognized as a leader in implementing education, technology and literacy programs for Asian American youth helping them succeed in school and prepare to attend college. The after school program provides educational enrichment and youth development for high school students and help them improve their academic attainment, gain positive self-identity and engage in their community. Verizon representatives and members of the APEX employee resource group attended the event. To learn more, visit

Verizon – University of the District of Columbia Partnership Supports “Gardens of the Senses” Sustainability InitiativeUniversity of the District of Columbia - "Gardens of the Senses"

Verizon announced a $25,000 sustainability grant to the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) to create four on-campus “Gardens of the Senses” that will serve as an education tool on environmental literacy for D.C.-area school children.

The Verizon-UDC partnership will support teaching gardens on the Van Ness campus, including a garden of colors and sights; one of smells and scents; another of touch; and an additional garden dedicated to plant research. UDC students from the Garden Club of the College of Agricultural, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) will maintain the gardens, with assistance from faculty and staff, and mentor D.C. elementary, middle and high school pupils on such things as how gardens beautify neighborhoods. Several university officials, students and Verizon representatives launched the Gardens of the Senses project during a special ceremony held at the UDC Van Ness Campus. “Gardens can be useful, beautiful and inspiring,” said Dr. Sabine O’Hara, Dean of CAUSES. “In addition, this project makes a significant contribution to the environmental literacy goal of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s ‘Sustainable D.C.’ initiative,” O’Hara added. [
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Pictured (L to R) Dr. Sabine O’Hara, Dean CAUSES – UDC; Mario Acosta-Velez, Verizon; Dr. Rachael Petty, COO – UDC; Joe Askew and Karen Campbell, Verizon; Coy McKinney – UDC student; John Butler - Associate Vice President - UDC

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

Verizon and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington recognized eighteen club members ages 9 to 14 from the Richard England Clubhouse #14 and Hopkins Branch Club for their achievements as part of a 10-week robotics program delivered by a team of Verizon information technology volunteers. Through this program, participating youth learned what it takes to build robots and now understand the significant role robots play in society.

Students successfully built fully functional robots capable of navigating with programmed commands; reporting sensor status with light and sound; and escaping contact by touch using whisker sensors. During the closing ceremony, students displayed the robots they created and shared their experience in the robotics program. Verizon awarded each student an iPod Shuffle and a variety of other prizes. [ Read the press release ]



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