Verizon Connections Newsletter

 

Verizon’s Around-the-Clock Service Restorations Continue in New Jersey, New York Following Hurricane Sandy

A month after Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, Verizon’s repair technicians – including several hundred from Maryland, DC and Virginia – continue to reconnect voice, data, Internet and TV services for consumers, businesses and government clients in many of the hardest-hit areas, namely New Jersey, Long Island, New York City and other parts of the New York metropolitan area.

When Hurricane Sandy made landfall, the storm left a trail of destruction from Virginia through Rhode Island, with historic flooding in New York and New Jersey and a hurricane-fueled snowstorm in southwest Virginia and western Maryland. Verizon teams had to confront closed roads, high water, blizzard-like conditions, heavy rain and high winds, along with downed trees and other debris – as they fanned out to assess damage and bring back service to consumers and businesses.

More than 1,200 Verizon employee volunteers from Maryland, DC and Virginia, as well as other parts of the Northeast that were not as severely affected by the storm, have joined forces with the company’s crews in New Jersey and the New York City metro area to replace poles and cables and restore service to customers in impacted communities.

Verizon employees, customers and the Verizon Foundation have raised millions of dollars to date to support Hurricane Sandy relief and rebuilding efforts. Customers can still make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999, and those who would like to give more can donate up to $50 via text. In addition, more than 6,100 Verizon employees have donated to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army through the Verizon Foundation’s matching gifts program. The foundation has matched those donations two-for-one.

This storm has had a devastating effect on people’s lives – including a number of Verizon employees and their families. Our hearts go out to everyone who was impacted by this tragedy and we continue to work around-the-clock to reconnect our customers, friends and family.


Tony Lewis
Region Vice President of State Government Affairs

(Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.)

 
   

 
 

Washington, DC Nonprofits Receive $105,000 to Combat Domestic ViolenceWashington, DC Nonprofits Receive $105,000 to Combat Domestic Violence

On November 7, Verizon was joined by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and many community leaders to honor nonprofit organizations in the District of Columbia working to combat domestic and dating violence against youth and adults. During this special event hosted by Mary’s Center at its Georgia Avenue location, Verizon announced $65,000 in foundation grants as an investment in innovative organizations including:

  • AYUDA, to support Project Help, which educates and empowers domestic violence survivors to end abusive situations and transition to safety and independence. AYUDA offers legal and social services to help victims avoid returning to their abuser, and provides needed information on available protections and services to immigrant victims of domestic violence.
  • Dance Institute of Washington (DIW), to implement a domestic violence prevention program for at-risk youth ages 14-18 in the Washington, DC area. DIW will engage teens in workshops and seminars to learn about developing healthy relationships and creating strategies for addressing domestic and dating violence in the community and at school.
  • District Alliance for Safe Housing Inc., for its Holistic Healing Program, which provides counseling, support services and workshops to help domestic violence survivors recover from abuse and establish safe, stable homes for themselves and their families.
  • Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care, to support its domestic violence prevention work and provide education, abuse screening, case management, individual and group counseling, referrals to health services, and support services to domestic violence victims in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. The program helps more than 2,000 residents learn how to identify the signs of domestic violence, assess the impact of abuse on their children and families, and access community resources.
  • Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL), for its Women Leadership Institute, which trains young women to assert and protect themselves when confronted with domestic violence and develop a network of peer support. Each year, SMYAL provides structured after-school programming to more than 350 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

Later in November, Verizon provided additional funding totaling $40,000 to other nonprofits in the District working to prevent domestic and dating violence, including: Asian Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Center, My Sister’s Place, and Vida Senior Centers. Both rounds of funding allow Verizon to have an impact in a variety of communities throughout the District of Columbia.

Anthony A. Lewis, Verizon’s mid-Atlantic region vice president of government affairs, said: “Domestic violence is a serious but preventable crime that affects millions of Americans in every segment of society. While the problem is universal, the solutions are not. Domestic violence victims face many challenges. We’re grateful that our funding will help break this vicious cycle and make a meaningful impact in these victims’ lives forever.”

 
 
 

 
 

Verizon Funds Digital Dental Equipment at Unity Health CareVerizon Funds Digital Dental Equipment at Unity Health Care 

Continuing with our commitment to improve access to health care through the use of technology, Verizon awarded Unity Health Care a grant to implement digital dental technology at Unity’s Southwest Health Center in Washington, DC. Unity recently embarked upon a three-year initiative to add digital dental capabilities to each of its 13 dental suites. Since 2009, Unity has received nearly $28,000 in Verizon Foundation grants to support important initiatives, including the implementation of electronic medical records at Unity’s 29 traditional and non-traditional health care sites in Washington, DC.

Verizon’s support will enable Unity to fully integrate dental information within each patient's existing electronic record and allow providers to improve access to oral health care services and education, which is a critical part of chronic disease management. This initiative will help Unity’s providers increase collaboration virtually, access more complete health information from patients who may have received care at multiple sites, improve health outcomes, and reduce costs associated with chronic illnesses. “Verizon’s support for the implementation of digital dental technology will have a profound effect on the overall health of our patients,” said Mr. Vincent Keane, President and CEO of Unity Health Care.

Last year, Unity’s Southwest Health Center had 3,184 dental visits. The Southwest Health Center is located in a high-needs community (Ward 6) and serves nearly 4,000 patients annually. To learn more about Unity, please visit www.unityhealthcare.org.

 
 
 

 


 
 

Carlos Rosario School Honors 40 Years of Leadership and ServiceCarlos Rosario School Honors 40 Years of Leadership and Service

With the theme of “Celebrating 40 Years of Service,” the Carlos Rosario School honored its founder Sonia Gutierrez for her service, accomplishments and contributions in creating and expanding adult education programs for diverse immigrant communities in the Washington, DC area. The event, held on September 20th, celebrated the school’s legacy and highlighted its future. Since its inception as a grassroots English as a Second Language program to a comprehensive adult education program today, the school has helped transform the lives of more than 60,000 students. In 2013, the school will open a new location at 514 V Street NE to offer key workforce development programs in the fields of healthcare, hospitality, and information technology. Verizon has supported many of the school’s education and literacy programs, and served as an event sponsor joining more than 400 representatives from the business, education, and nonprofit sectors who support the school’s mission to provide high-quality adult education. The school is currently located in Ward 1 (Columbia Heights) and offers classes and programs to more than 2,000 students. To learn more about the Carlos Rosario School, visit www.carlosrosario.org.

 
 

   
 

Telemundo Washington, DC Honors Verizon for Support of Feria de la FamiliaTelemundo Washington, DC Honors Verizon for Support of Feria de la Familia

Over the past 10 years, Verizon has partnered with Telemundo Washington, DC to support the Feria de la Familia, a Hispanic community expo that attracts more than 25,000 attendees from the VA/DC/MD region. As one of the largest community expos in the area, Feria de la Familia includes a variety of cultural presentations and provides access to health promotion services and other information from more than 200 exhibitors and vendors. During a recognition dinner held on November 9th, Telemundo Washington, DC honored Verizon for our continued event sponsorship and commitment to have a presence within the Hispanic community. This year marks Feria’s 10th Anniversary, and Verizon will once again have an exhibit to showcase how the power of our technology improves people’s lives. The event was held at the DC Armory on November 18th.

 
 

     
 

Anacostia Coordinating Council Celebrates 29th Anniversary of Boat RideAnacostia Coordinating Council Celebrates 29th Anniversary of Boat Ride

For nearly 30 years, the Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC) has implemented education and community development programs in Ward 8. With support from a Verizon grant, the ACC held two signature events to foster a sense of community and celebrate ACC’s contributions and accomplishments. On August 18, more than 500 community residents participated in the Annual Back-to-School Block Party which collected and distributed school supplies to children and families, encouraged students to stay in school, and promoted parents’ involvement in their children education. On September 29th, more than 300 representatives from the community, nonprofit and business sectors joined ACC’s founders and leaders to celebrate the 29th anniversary of the Anacostia Boat Ride. This event recognized several community leaders for their contributions and service to the Anacostia community.