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
6th Annual Black History Month Open House
Verizon once again hosted a statewide Black History Month celebration and open house with government and community leaders at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture.
During the open house, guests explored the museum, helped us recognize community innovators, and enjoyed a day full of educational activities and entertainment. [ Learn More ]
Community Advocates for Family and Youth (CAFY) of Prince Georges County
On Tuesday, October 28th, Verizon joined the Community Advocates for Family and Youth (CAFY) of Prince Georges County to celebrate their open house. At the event, Larry Graham of Verizon presented a $15,000 Verizon Foundation grant to help support the CAFY's work in providing victim advocacy and support services, crisis intervention, and community education programs that address the causes and impacts of all types of violence and crime. Attending the event were the Chief and Assistant Chief of Police from the City of Laurel, members of the PG County Police department and Barry Stanton, Director of Public Safety from the Prince Georges County Executive’s office. Verizon’s commitment to the organization was publically commended by CAFY and the County Executive’s representatives.
Verizon Salutes EBLO During Hispanic Heritage Month Education and Celebrates Opening of the ‘Verizon Digital Village’
During Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated from September 15-October 15, Verizon saluted EBLO (Education Based Latino Outreach), a key organization serving the Hispanic community in the Baltimore area and one of our long-term community partners. Last summer, EBLO kicked off the official grand opening of its new computer lab known as the ‘Verizon Digital Village.’ The computer lab – located in the Jose Ruiz Community Center at 606 South Ann Street in Baltimore – has 21 PCs and was made possible with a $22,000 Verizon Foundation grant. Immigrants in Fells Point now have a place nestled in their community to hone their computer skills, do online job searches and research class assignments – all free of charge. Joining the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Maryland State Senator William Ferguson (District 46), Baltimore City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young and Baltimore City Councilman Jim Kraft (District 2), along with community leaders, parents and students. EBLO also received $4,500 from Verizon to support the organization’s literacy program. To learn more, visit http://www.eblo.org.
Verizon Showcases Its Commitment to Green Energy and Technology Investment in Montgomery County
Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett visited Verizon’s Chesapeake Complex to see firsthand how one of the county’s largest employers is improving its energy efficiency, reducing its carbon footprint, and using innovative technology to improve and change customers’ lives. “There is no contradiction between a sound environment and strong economic growth, and Verizon’s commitment to sustainability is evidence that good environmental strategy equals good business strategy,” Leggett said. “Montgomery County applauds Verizon’s efforts and looks forward to our long, continued partnership.” [ Learn More ]
The Digital Edge: Integrating Technology into Your Small Business
Verizon conducted a workshop sponsored by The Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs for about 40 small business owners titled “The Digital Edge: Integrating Technology into Your Small Business.” Verizon Wireless demonstrated a number of products and innovations. The event was held at the Robinson Nature Center in Howard County on Thursday, April 3, 2014.
Pioneers – The Face of Verizon In the Community
When it comes to volunteering and helping in the community, the Maryland Chapter Verizon Pioneers always step up to the plate! Recently, the Pioneers joined the Southeast District Police Department in Baltimore to feed persons in need. At the annual food drive, Pioneers helped pack over 100 bags of food each containing two roasted chickens. Pioneers have assisted the Southeast District police in this effort for the past 20 years – ultimately making a difference in the lives of thousands of people.
Founded in 1911, the Pioneers is the largest industry-related volunteer organization in the world, with 620,000 current and retired telecommunications employees who have joined together to make their communities better places to live and work. Verizon sponsors more than 128,000 of these members who are organized into 17 chapters across the U.S. During the past 12 months, Verizon Pioneers have volunteered over two million hours in their communities.
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.
USHYEE: A Helping Hand.
Here's a documentary about USHYEE, a non-profit organization that prepares and guides young Hispanics toward achieving a great professional future.
Nueva Vida, New Hope
Get to know the determined women of Nueva Vida, a support network for Latino families whose lives have been affected by cancer. This organization was founded in 1996 by a group of Latina cancer survivors and healthcare professionals in Washington DC, and today it has expanded to the Baltimore and Richmond metropolitan areas. [ Learn More ]
What is Global Corporate Citizenship?
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 ]
"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 ]