Giving Back in Delaware

There's so much more to Verizon than data, broadband and wireless technologies. 

Our investment in the community reflects our commitment to progress in education, literacy and the spirit of volunteerism. And our foundation makes a positive difference by supporting and investing in the people and organizations striving to improve the quality of life in our communities - where our customers and employees live and work.

Below you'll find just a few examples of how we're working to reach our goals. Please also visit the Verizon Foundation to learn more.


Featured Events and Grants:

Verizon Grant supports STEM education in the Caesar Rodney School District

Foundation Grant Supports STEM Education / Caesar Rodney School District

During a recent event at Star Hill Elementary School, in Dover, Verizon presented a $13,000 grant to the Caesar Rodney School District in support of STEM education. Students participating in the yearlong program will compete in a STEM design challenge related to designing a sustainable food systems. The Verizon grant will be help provide transportation to local farms and university programs and guest expert speakers in the field of science and technology.

Pictured (Left to Right) front row: Star Hill Elementary School students Tessa Gaylord; Jaylene Edillon; Jeremy Diaz; Alexia Nadel; Bowen Simmons; Laurel Patterson; Lauren Forbes. Back row: Paige Hardee; Kyan Pernol; Corban Bomgaurtner; Supervisor of Instruction Christie Alois; Star Hill Elementary School principal Nicole Kurz-McDowell; CRSD Superintendent Dr. Kevin Fizgerald; Julia Coleman (holding check); Bonnie Metz, Vice President, State Government Affairs for Verizon; Shari Smith, Director, State Affairs for Verizon; Willie Davis; Assistant Superintendent Dr. Scott Lykens; Peyton Shields: Star Hill Alternative Liaison Teacher Barbara Miklus; Adam Bailey.

Photo by Ron Gough, Caesar Rodney School District



The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is back!

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is back, and Bill Nye, the Science Guy, is helping Verizon to encourage students nationwide to organize their teams and submit their cool app ideas now. Absolutely no coding or technology skills are necessary to win. [ Learn More ]

The deadline for submission is November 24, 2015, and the winners will be named in January 2016.



Students from Cab Calloway School of the Arts Win Verizon Innovative App ChallengeStudents from Cab Calloway School of the Arts Win Verizon Innovative App Challenge

A group of students from Wilmington's Cab Calloway School of the Arts developed a "Best in Nation" winning App in the third Verizon Innovative App Challenge. "VirDoc," provides a virtual cadaver for students to dissect and learn anatomy.

The students earned their school $20,000 in cash grants from the Verizon Foundation to further develop or support STEM-related programming. And each team member received a Samsung tablet. MIT App Inventor Master Trainers from the Center for Mobile Learning at the MIT Media Lab will give the team onsite and virtual training on coding and app development, using MIT App Inventor to develop the their app for market. In June, the team members will present their apps in person at the National TSA Conference in Dallas, courtesy of Verizon. [ Learn More ]



Verizon proudly supports the Family Counseling Center of St. Paul'sFamily Counseling Center of St. Paul's

The Verizon Foundation recently presented a $20,000 grant to the Family Counseling Center of St. Paul's, based in Wilmington, in support of its domestic violence counseling and mental health support for individuals, adults, families, and parent/caregivers. The nonprofit provides one-to-one and/or group bilingual, culturally competent domestic violence abuse intervention therapy and counseling.

Pictured (L to R): Verizon's Shari Smith; The Family Counseling Center's Galo Rodriguez, Kathleen Seipel, and Rob McCreary (back); Verizon's Bonnie Metz; The Family Counseling Center's Sister Theresa Marie Elitz and Nan Bernardo-Freeman.



Verizon proudly supports STEM education in DelawareEastSide Charter School - Wilmington

Students at EastSide Charter Elementary School will soon begin work on a school greenhouse project, with support from Verizon. The school has been awarded a $20,000 Verizon Innovate Learning Grant. It is one of 80 public schools across the country to receive a grant this year as part of Verizon’s investment to help provide teachers with the resources they need to use technology more innovatively and effectively to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math. [ Learn More ]

The Verizon Innovate Learning Grants program is part of Verizon’s commitment to the Obama administration’s ConnectED initiative, under which Verizon is providing up to $100 million in cash and in-kind contributions over the next three years to drive student achievement, especially in STEM subjects.



Verizon proudly supports STEM education in DelawareW. R. Brown Elementary School - Dover

Students at W. R. Brown Elementary School in Dover soon will delve into a new technological transformation using STEM learning to connect with other learners inside and outside of school to converse, create, and publish authentic and meaningful work, with support from Verizon. Brown Elementary is among 80 schools nationwide to receive a grant to improve STEM education. [ Learn More ]

The Verizon Innovate Learning Grants program is part of Verizon’s commitment to the Obama administration’s ConnectED initiative, under which Verizon is providing up to $100 million in cash and in-kind contributions over the next three years to drive student achievement, especially in STEM subjects.



Verizon proudly supports cyber security education in DelawareCyber Security Awareness Month

Governor Markell has proclaimed October as Cyber Security Awareness Month in Delaware. Once again this year, Verizon is partnering with the Delaware Department of Technology and Information to provide Internet Safety presentations to 4th Graders throughout the State.

Verizon has provided support to the project with funding for giveaways and workbooks for the children, and, more important, with Verizon employees who have volunteered to go out into the schools and teach children how to be safe on the Internet and what it means to be a good “cyber-citizen." To learn more, please visit



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Verizon is a Great/Green Place to Work

With more than 20,000 Green Team members, Verizon always has a fun eco-friendly event around the corner. Look for career opportunities with us, and help us stay committed to improving the communities in which we live and work. [ Learn More ]



Powerful Answers Awards

Four great ideas were named first place winners of the Powerful Answers Award, a multi-million dollar challenge that encourages entrepreneurs to provide innovative solutions in education, healthcare, sustainability and transportation. [ Learn More ]



Empowering Teachers and Students in the Classroom

A Verizon is working with more than 200 teachers in 24 schools to provide the training they need to more effectively integrate mobile technology in their classrooms. See how students are benefiting and thriving.



What is Global 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.



Improving Healthcare for Women Through Verizon Technology


The Verizon Foundation has partnered with the Society for Women's Health Research to explore innovative approaches to using mobile health technology to advance women's health.



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 ]



Recycling Rallies

To make recycling electronics a little easier, Verizon kicked-off a series of 13 recycling rallies in communities across the country in 2012. Verizon held 10 recycling rallies last year, and were collected more than 425,000 pounds of e-waste, all of which was kept out of landfills.



Telling Amy's Story

This documentary chronicles the time leading up to the death of Amy Homan McGee, a former Verizon employee and a mother of two, who was shot and killed by her husband. Learn more.