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 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 mario.acosta-velez@verizon.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.

 
Advancing Education

Environmental Sustainability

Healthcare Initiatives

Domestic Violence Prevention

 
 

 
 

Verizon grants will help support LGBT youth in Washington, DC

Two grants totaling $45,000 were presented at a ceremony attended by Washington, DC mayor Muriel Bowser and other administration and community leaders. Mario Acosta-Velez, Director of state government affairs in DC and National President of GLOBE (Verizon’s LGBT employee resource group), presented a $25,000 grant to Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL) and a $20,000 grant to Wanda Alston House. The grants reflect Verizon’s ongoing commitment to supporting vital services in our communities.[ Learn More ]

 

 
Seniors participate in Verizon internet safety and mobile technology training sessions
 

Seniors participate in internet safety and mobile technology training sessions

In October and November 2015, Verizon continued technology education and outreach in the District’s seniors community.

Councilmember Todd’s State of the Ward 4 Senior Address - On November 5, Verizon team hosted an exhibit table at Councilmember Brandon Todd’s State of the Ward 4 Senior Address held at the Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center, and provided information on internet safety, emergency preparedness and Lifeline program to more than 300 participating seniors. The event featured exhibits by more than 30 vendors representing government, corporations, and community agencies.

Deanwood Recreation Center - On November 3, more than 25 seniors from the Deanwood Recreation Center in Ward 7 participated in Verizon’s internet safety training designed to teach senior how to have a positive and safe online experience. Seniors also learned about 11 most popular apps for seniors, which was well received, and provided assistance to the senior son how to download and use the apps.

Senior Community Health & Wellness Fair, sponsored by DCOA and the Southwest Waterfront Chapter of AARP – On October 21, more than 40 seniors received internet safety tips and emergency preparedness information as part of Verizon’s senior education and outreach efforts in Ward 6.

Technology training at Washington Senior Wellness Center - On October 20, more than 50 seniors participated in Verizon senior technology training program at the Washington Senior Wellness Center in Ward 7. Seniors not only learned about how to navigate the features of the wireless devices, but also learned about useful applications they can use to monitor specific health conditions, access information, stay fit, and better communicate with family and health care providers. The Verizon team provided one-on-one assistance to seniors on the use of their wireless devices, and also offered a presentation on internet safety for seniors that educated them on how to prevent internet fraud and identity theft.

 

 
Hispanic seniors at Vida Seniors Centers Learn How to Use Smartphones and Tablets
 

Hispanic seniors at Vida Senior Centers Learn How to Use Smartphones and Tablets

On September 23, Verizon, in partnership with Vida Senior Centers in Ward 1, conducted a senior technology training in Spanish that educated more than 50 seniors on the use of smartphones and tablets by seniors to access health care information and other important information. Seniors learned about the features of the wireless devices and about the 11 most popular apps senior can use to monitor specific health conditions, access information, stay fit, and better communicate with family and health care providers. The VZW team provided one-on-one assistance to seniors on the use of their wireless devices. The program also included a presentation on internet safety for seniors that educated them on how to have a positive and safe experience online.

 

 
Seniors Learn Use of Smartphones and Tablets at Technology Training
 

Seniors Learn Use of Smartphones and Tablets at Technology Training

On September 17, Verizon hosted a well-attended senior technology training program at the Hayes Senior Wellness Center in ward 6. More than 50 seniors participated in the training session. There was a lot of excitement in the room about the training and most seniors brought their cellphones and tablets, which shows how increasingly seniors are using wireless technology every day. Seniors not only learned about how to navigate the features of the wireless devices, but also learned about useful applications they can use to monitor specific health conditions, access information, stay fit, and better communicate with family and health care providers. The Verizon team provided one-on-one assistance to seniors on the use of their wireless devices, and also offered a presentation on internet safety for seniors that educated them on how to prevent internet fraud and identity theft.

 

 
Verizon Gives D.C. Girl Scouts the 411 on Pursuing STEM Courses and Careers
 

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.

 

 
Verizon Participates in Mayor’s 4th Annual Senior Symposium
 

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 Participates in Local Wellness Fairs
 

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.

 

 
Verizon Proudly Supports the Girl Scouts in DC
 

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.

 

 

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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 ]