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.
On March 26, 2014, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing on “Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships to Reduce Cyber Risks to Our Nation's Critical Infrastructure." Testifying at the hearing, Elayne Starkey, CISSP, Chief Security Officer for the State of Delaware's Department of Technology and Information, described Delaware's Cybersecurity Awareness Program and was effusive in her praise of Verizon regarding its commitment to Cybersecurity in the state.
In her testimony, she stated, "I'm so thankful to Verizon. Verizon's support of this program has been unwavering. We could not have done many of these initiatives without the financial support from the Verizon Foundation and the incredible volunteer support from Verizon employees as we go out into Delaware elementary schools and present on Internet Safety. We've reached 25,0000 fourth graders over the last seven years thanks to this wonderful partnership we have with Verizon."
Verizon provided a $10,000 grant to the Christiana Care Health System to support the implementation of a new a "Babycam" technology initiative and improve care for patients and families. 72 cameras will be deployed in Christiana's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Babycam technology helps lessen separation anxiety by providing parents and extended family "virtual visits" with their newborn. They will also facilitate the hospital's telemedicine programs used to support the educational and emotional needs of families, help families to attain the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to become the primary caregiver and promote earlier discharge of NICU babies.
The Verizon Foundation presented a $15,000 grant to the Family Counseling Center of St. Paul's, based in Wilmington, to help provide domestic violence counseling and mental health support for individuals, adults, families, and parent/caregivers. The organization will provide one-to-one and/or group bilingual, culturally competent domestic violence abuse intervention therapy and counseling.
Pictured: (L to R) The Family Counseling Center's Rob McCreary, Executive Director; Sister Theresa Marie Elitz, Founder and Senior Counselor; Kathleen Seipel, Counselor & Director; Verizon's Shari Smith.
Tools for School
The 2013 Verizon Foundation Tools for School campaign ran from August 15 – September 15. Verizon's Delaware Dispatch Resource Center and other employees at 901 Tatnall Street in Wilmington donated over $2500 in school supplies to theWilliam C. Lewis Dual Language Elementary School, which is in the Red Clay Consolidated School District.
On Tuesday, September 19, Tools for School champions Mary Skinner, Kevin Williams and Lisa Vanish delivered the bounty to Lewis school administrator Tyler Jackson. Donated supplies included, among other items, nearly 1000 pencils along with several hundred notebooks, boxes of crayons and pocket folders. Mr. Jackson expressed his excitement that Lewis Elementary had been adopted by Verizon and assured the team that all of the donated items would be put to good use.
Congratulations and THANKS to everyone who participated!
Howard High School of Technology Recognized as Verizon Innovative Learning School
Verizon and Delaware Numbers Bee Partner at Annual Tournament
Verizon was a sponsor at the 11th Annual Numbers Bee Tournamentfor grades 3-8, held on April 27, 2013 at Dickinson High School in Wilmington, Delaware. This on-line competition challenges and stimulates the interest of students in math. The use of this program improves students' numerical, computational, and problem-solving skills. It has also been an effective teaching tool in attracting students who are discouraged by non-technological approaches to mathematics.
All players are presented with a set of problems simultaneously from a central server. Students are given a set of numbers and operations ( +, -, X, ÷ ) and a desired result. They are expected to find one of several solutions to this problem. The time taken by a player to solve a specific problem is used to judge individual and team winners. The game has 24 levels of gradually increasing complexity. Over 200 students participated in this year's Numbers Bee Tournament. To learn more, visithttp://www.NationalBee.org.
Verizon Honored with 2013 Jefferson Award
Verizon Delaware was selected as one of five 2013 Jefferson Awards finalists in the category “Outstanding Service by a Major Corporation." The Jefferson Awards were co-founded over 40 years ago, in 1972, by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr and Sam Beard to create a Nobel Prize for public service. The mission of the Jefferson Awards is to be the nation's leading multiplier of volunteering; to create a national “Call To Action" for volunteering – with a special emphasis on youth service. Past national winners include five Supreme Court Justices as well as seven Secretaries of State. Other winners include Barbra Bush, Rosalynn Carter, Ted Kennedy, Paul Newman, Oprah Winfrey and Peyton Manning.
At a ceremony on April 22, 2013 held at the Gold Ballroom in the Hotel DuPont, Verizon Delaware was recognized for this prestigious nomination.
Pictured: Bonnie Metz, Vice President – Government Affairs, represented Verizon Delaware at the 2013 Jefferson Awards ceremony
The Verizon Foundation 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. To learn more, visithttp://www.verizonfoundation.org/
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.
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.
Digital Health Care Solutions
Verizon technology is helping advance patient-centered health care by connecting applications, machines, information, patients and healthcare professionals in their own environments.
Verizon Thinkfinity is a free comprehensive educational website that provides tens of thousands of educational resources including standards-based K-12 lesson plans, videos, podcasts, interactive games and printable worksheets. Learn more atwww.thinkfinity.org.
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.