Volunteerism is a major part of the culture of Verizon Maryland. Our employees have been leaders in supporting their neighbors and those less fortunate by giving their time, their resources and their talents to worthwhile and productive community activities. In addition to our employees' commitment, Verizon retirees volunteer millions of hours of their time each year in numerous activities to help make progress for Maryland residents and customers.
Featured Events and Grants
Recycling Rally Reaps Rewards in Maryland
More than 100 environmentally conscious Verizon employees and Marylanders supported the Verizon Green Team’s fourth annual free electronics recycling rally at the company’s Silver Spring, Md., office on Friday, Oct. 25. Seventeen pallets of unwanted recyclables were collected. The supplier disposing of the discarded items will adhere to Verizon’s zero-landfill objective, meaning the materials will be reused or recycled so that they do not end up in a landfill. Congratulations and THANKS to everyone who participated!
Verizon donates office supplies to George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy's Saturday School
On October 25, 2013, Verizon employees participated in Montgomery County's Annual Community Service Week by donating supplies to the George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy's Saturday School. Verizon collected more than 30 boxes of office supplies at its Chesapeake Complex in Silver Spring. The Saturday School program provides tutoring and mentoring in reading / language arts, mathematics, and test taking skills for students grade 1-12. The event included participation from (L to R):Verizon's Vice President Tabb Bishop; Volunteer Center's Molly Callaway; County Executive Ike Leggett; Verizon Mid-Atlantic Region Vice President Anthony A. Lewis; Saturday School founder George B. Thomas, Sr.; and Fund for Montgomery chair Keith Haller. Saturday October 26 marked Montgomery County's 27th Community Service Day. For information about service opportunities, please visit http://www.montgomeryserves.org.
A Call to Coaches Event in Baltimore Promotes Healthy and Respectful Manhood
Approximately 400 attendees, including primarily athletic coaches from universities, colleges, high schools, middle schools and youth recreation programs, participated in the A Call to Coaches: Your Voice Counts, a half-day, interactive seminar designed to equip coaches and community leaders with resources to prevent abusive behaviors by promoting respect, non-violence and healthy relationships.
A partnership between the Verizon Foundation andA CALL TO MEN, this training session increased awareness regarding the important role coaches can play developing and promoting healthy and respectful relationships, developing men of character, and preventing domestic violence.
CBS Sportscaster James Brown moderated a panel discussion that emphasized the importance coaches and mentors on all levels play as role models and the work they can do to promote and develop young men of character. To learn more about the Verizon Foundation’s Your Voice Counts awareness campaign, visit http://www.verizonfoundation.org/yourvoicecounts.
With the support of a $10,000 Verizon Foundation grant, the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maryland will implement the Graduate to Go program to increase student interest and engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects. The program will offer workshops and educational and career day activities to more than 125 youth to prepare them to succeed in their chosen careers.
With the support of a $50,000 Verizon Foundation grant, Johns Hopkins Medicine launched a telemedicine clinic for patients with Parkinson disease that is now providing free consultations to patients in 5 states (California, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, and New York) and 13 countries. The clinic expands access to care, in particular movement disorders care, by using web-based videoconferencing with a Hopkins neurologist who is able to provide patients with important recommendations to treat their Parkinson disease. Using telemedicine allows the hospital to save patients thousands of miles of travel and improve lives by increasing access to specialized care. Verizon is proud to partner with Johns Hopkins Medicine to improve the quality of healthcare through the use of technology and support Hopkins’ efforts to address disparities of access to health services for communities in need. To learn more about this program, visit http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/pdtelemedicine.
Verizon Partners with Bowie State University to Launch Energy Conservation and Awareness Campaign
On December 11, Verizon announced a special partnership with Bowie State University (BSU) to support an awareness campaign that will engage students, faculty and staff in a series of initiatives to reduce campus energy consumption and increase personal commitments to sustainability. The event was held at BSU’s new Fine & Performing Arts Center and included remarks by Maryland State Senator Douglas Peters, Maryland Delegate and Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland Aisha Braveboy, Bowie State University President Mickey Burnin, and participation by other university officials. With support from a $25,000 Verizon Foundation grant, BSU will develop a campus “climate commitment” website with related information to engage the campus and community, promote alternative modes of transportation, implement new technologies for energy conservation and pursue certifications for new campus buildings that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient. “When it comes to sustainability, we want to lead by example. Our goal is to engage our students, faculty and staff, and expand outreach to the community so we can have a real impact on the environment,” said Bowie State President Mickey L. Burnim. Read thepress release. To learn more about BSU, visithttp://www.bowiestate.edu.
Verizon celebrates Stoneleigh Elementary School’s selection as an NFL Play 60 Super School
Verizon partnered with the NFL Network and the Baltimore Ravens to celebrate Stoneleigh Elementary School’s selection as an NFL Play 60 Super School as part of the Keep Gym in School program. The school is located in Towson, MD. We have a long standing tradition of partnering with schools in the areas we serve to support education initiatives because Physical Education is one of the key components to getting a well-rounded education. Tony Randall spoke to the student body about opportunities to apply for an additional grant to enhance the physical education program. In attendance to help celebrate this event was Ravens running back Ray Rice, fullback Vonta Leach, offensive linemen Gino Gradkowski and Bryant McKinnie, safety James Ihedibo, and linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo who spoke to the students and participated in their exercise program. Councilmember David Marks also attended the event.
Verizon Awards Grant to Holy Cross Hospital for NICU Virtual Visiting Program
Holy Cross Hospital received a $10,000 Verizon Foundation grant to purchase cameras with mounts to give families 24/7 secure access to view, on any web-enabled device, their newborn in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU Virtual Visiting program will help ease some of the stress that comes from separation because of the needs of the baby and the mother. Holy Cross Hospital is one the largest single-site hospital providers of obstetrics in the United States, and delivers more babies than any other hospital in Maryland and the District of Columbia. The hospital has a 46-bed Level IIIB state-of-the-art NICU to care for newborns with complex medical issues. In April 2012, Holy Cross Hospital hit a milestone celebrating its 100,000th delivery since the year 2000. To learn more visit http://www.holycrosshealth.org.
Verizon Supports After School Dance Fund and Latin Dance Competition
The After School Dance Fund held the 13th Annual Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Latin Dance Competition at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda on November 5, 2012. With more than 1,500 attendees and opening remarks by Montgomery County Executive Leggett and Councilmember Nancy Navarro, the competition featured eight public high schools with teams showing their talent through couple and group dance divisions, and a special student / parent couple competition. Verizon announced a $15,000 to the After School Dance Fund to implement a program to foster healthy relationships and prevent dating violence among teens. To learn more about the program, visithttp://www.afterschooldancefund.org.
Chesapeake Bay Trust
Based in Annapolis, the Chesapeake Bay Trust is a 4-star charity that takes 90 cents of every dollar received to fund on the ground programs and projects that are making a difference for the Chesapeake Bay and communities in Maryland. The Trust recently received a Verizon grant to support educational initiatives and local environmental projects across the state of Maryland. “Verizon has been a committed partner of the Chesapeake Bay Trust and their support has greatly enhanced local educational efforts that teach Maryland’s young people about the Chesapeake Bay,” said Molly Alton Mullins, director of communications at the Chesapeake Bay Trust. To learn more about the Trust, visithttp://www.cbtrust.org.
Baltimore Chapter of the NAACP Honors Tony Randall
Verizon's Tony Randall received the Thurgood Marshall Award for the Arts & Humanities award given by the Baltimore Chapter of the NAACP during its annual Freedom Fund Banquet in celebration of its 100th anniversary, October 19, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Baltimore. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown was the keynote speaker and Troy Johnson served as the emcee. Other honorees included: Dr. Lawrence Bell Jr., Ernest R. Grecco, Cathy Hughes, Kristina A. Kyles, Lainy LeBow-Sachs, Y. Maria Martinez, Ralph E. Moore Jr., Chaz Palminteri, A. Dwight Pettit, Tony Plana, Rain Pryor, and Shelonda Stokes.
On September 20th, Verizon held a Recycling Rally at our Chesapeake complex. Our employees collected 14,729 pounds of electronic waste - TVs, computers, microwaves, etc. – keeping these unwanted items out of landfills.
They also collected 50 cell phones to be donated to Verizon Wireless' HopeLineprogram, which supports victims of domestic violence.
Through a series of 35 Recycling Rallies across the U.S. since 2009, Verizon has reached its 2012 goal of collecting more than 1 million pounds of electronic waste to keep out of landfills. To keep the momentum going, Verizon has committed to collecting another 1 million pounds of e-waste by 2015. [ Read the press release ]
Verizon Honors Maryland Nonprofits at event to Mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month
On October 4th, Verizon, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Congressman Elijah Cummings joined in a special ceremony to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month and honor several Maryland nonprofits working to combat abuse against youth and adults.
Verizon announced $50,000 in Verizon Foundation grants to support the following organizations and programs: After School Dance Fund, to help implement a domestic violence prevention education program targeting 200 underserved, diverse high school students; the House of Ruth, for its Gateway Program, which educates and engages men in efforts to prevent domestic violence; the KennedyFoundation.Net, to support educational workshops for 80 to 100 girls to include domestic violence awareness and prevention, self-esteem, image and health/wellness/safety among other topics; the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, to support training for more than 300 health care providers to effectively address, respond to and prevent domestic violence; and the Montgomery County Family Justice Center Foundation, to help implement domestic violence prevention programs and training to assist survivors and their families, and increase knowledge about how to prevent domestic violence in their communities. To read full press release, visithttp://newscenter.verizon.com/press-releases/verizon/2012/maryland-nonprofits-combat.html.
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"Telling Amy's Story"
This powerful documentary chronicles the time leading up to the death of Amy Homan McGee, a mother of two, who was shot and killed by her husband.
Hosted by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay, and told by Detective Deirdri Fishel, the story follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred on November 8, 2001. [ Learn More ]