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
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’
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.
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.
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.
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 ]
Verizon and Digital Health Care Solutions
Verizon technology is helping advance patient-centered health care by connecting applications, machines, information, patients and healthcare professionals in their own environments.
"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 ]