Verizon serves customers in every corner of Massachusetts, and we're committed to using technology to make a difference in the neighborhoods where we live and work. By supporting organizations that are making a difference every day, together, we are improving lives while contributing to the future well-being of the Commonwealth.
The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, focuses on improving quality of life for Massachusetts residents by investing in a wide range of programs that strengthen K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, raise awareness of domestic violence, and improve health care and energy management through the use of technology.
We focus our efforts on the following core initiatives:
Boston Verizon Destination Store Celebrates Grand Opening
On Saturday April 11, Verizon Wireless kicked off the official grand opening weekend of its new 8,000 square foot Boston Destination Store at 745 Boylston Street. Boston's own, entertainer and actor Donnie Wahlberg joined other celebrities and local officials at the grand opening festivities.
Also the the event, Christine Berberich, President of Verizon Wireless’ New England Region, presented a total of $1.5 million to Powerful Answers Award-winning innovators Aldatu Biosciences, School Yourself and Vaxess Technologies. Additionally, through its HopeLine program, Verizon donated $75,000 to Casa Myrna, a Boston-based non-profit dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence as well as support for survivors and their families.. [ Learn More ]
Verizon has partnered with MassChallenge, the world’s largest accelerator program and startup competition, to help early-stage entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Since it began in 2010, MassChallenge has accelerated 617 companies that have created 4,802 jobs and generated $404 million in revenue. Verizon provides mentoring, financial support and 300 Mbps FiOS Quantum Internet service to the 128 startup businesses at MassChallenge, which is based in Boston. Below are guest posts by members of the MassChallenge community.
Building Bikes for Charity. Building Teams for Camaraderie.
A few of our Northeast Region teams developed teambuilding exercises that not only strengthened employee camaraderie, but also served local communities. By participating in The Charity Bike Build, Verizon team members built 15 bicycles for the Boys and Girls Clubs of MetroWest, MA. The club serves surrounding communities, providing youth development, education, prevention, social, athletic, and recreation programs to over 3,500 at-risk children and teens each year. [ Learn More ]
Our Waltham Lab Employees: A Giving Team
'Tis the season for giving and as the cold weather arrives that’s exactly what some 50 Verizon employees in Massachusetts did by volunteering to assemble "winter warmth packages" at a local charity that offers clothing and other items for children.
The Product Strategy and Product Development employees who work at the Verizon Innovation Center in Waltham, Massachusetts, spent a day last week sorting, inspecting, and packaging new and like-new items including winter clothing, shoes, coats, and accessories in Boston atCradles to Crayons, a Massachusetts non-profit organization that assists homeless children and their families who are gearing up for winter.
Among the team members was Stuart Elby, Verizon’s chief technology officer. "We all feel responsible to give back to our community," said Elby. "Many of us have donated clothing to various organizations, but volunteering at Cradles to Crayons let us experience what happens behind the scenes to get donated clothing and other items into the hands of less fortunate children. It was incredibly rewarding to work shoulder-to-shoulder with my co-workers in helping provide this service."
Boston Municipal Research Bureau's Shattuck Awards
The Boston Municipal Research Bureau celebrated Boston’s most dedicated workers and leaders at the Henry L. Shattuck Public Service Awards in October.
Donna Cupelo of Verizon Government Affairs was recognized with the prestigious "City Champion" award for her leadership and impact on the City of Boston. Donna has a long history of engaging in civic and community initiatives serving on the executive boards of the Boston Private Industry Council, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Mass Tech Hub Collaborative and the Mass Business Roundtable. Cupelo also co-chaired Mayor Martin Walsh's economic development transition team earlier this year. [ Learn More ]
Pictured: Front row (left to right): Kevin Linsky, Boston Public Works; Annie Wilcox, Boston Police Department; Ellen Hatch, Office of Budget Management; Matthew Kiefer, Chairman of Boston Municipal Research Bureau and Goulston & Storrs; Michael Brown, City Year; George Kincaid Jr., Inspectional Services Department; Donna Cupelo, Verizon; Melanie Foley, Co-Chair Shattuck Awards and Liberty Mutual; Barbara Teal, Boston Police Department. Back row (left to right): Bill Kennedy, Chairman of Shattuck Awards and Nutter LLP; Dion Irish, Office of Fair Housing and Equity; Sam Tyler, Boston Municipal Research Bureau President; Timothy Nagaoka, Boston Public Schools; Paul Donga, Boston Fire Department; and Robert Conley, Department of Neighborhood Development.
Verizon Powerful Answers Award
Four great ideas were named first place winners of the Verizon Powerful Answers Award, a year-long global challenge to discover and help bring to market technology-based solutions with the potential to change our world. [ Learn More ]
What is Global Corporate 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. To learn more, visithttp://www.verizonfoundation.org/.