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
Verizon Salutes EBLO During Hispanic Heritage Month Education and Celebrates Opening of the ‘Verizon Digital Village’
As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15-October 15, Verizon salutes EBLO (Education Based Latino Outreach), a key organization serving the Hispanic community in the Baltimore area and one of our long-term community partners. On August 28, 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.
Verizon Supports Earth Hour in Maryland
Verizon employees across Maryland will join the global Earth Hour movement at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday (March 29) and turn off lights at 11 buildings in the state – comprising more than 1 million square feet of office space – for one hour, helping to raise energy efficiency awareness and promote sustainable living.
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.
Verizon Showcases Advanced Technology Solutions At Maryland Legislative Reception
To help kick off the 2014 Maryland General Assembly session, Verizon hosted an Advanced Technology Solutions legislative reception on Jan. 13 at the historic Governor Calvert House in Annapolis to show state leaders and government officials firsthand how Verizon – as an industry leader – is using innovation and technology to improve and change customers’ lives.
VGo, a ‘virtual student’ robot powered by Verizon’s 4G LTE network, was on hand to mingle and talk with guests. Members of Verizon’s operations team displayed fiber-optic cables and fiber splicing equipment and discussed the benefits of fiber technology versus copper. Guests also got to experience Verizon Voice Link, an advanced technology solution to provide a service alternative to certain traditional telephone (copper network) customers, learned about Verizon’s free, new mobile Maryland Government Directory app where users can access important contact information for members of the Maryland Executive Branch and General Assembly via a smartphone or tablet at www.VerizonOnTheGo.com, and also learned about Verizon’s free 411 mobile app.
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.
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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 ]