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:
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."
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/.