Verizon Connections Newsletter


Verizon’s Around-the-Clock Service Restorations Continue in New Jersey, New York Following Hurricane Sandy

A month after Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, Verizon’s repair technicians – including several hundred from Maryland, DC and Virginia – continue to reconnect voice, data, Internet and TV services for consumers, businesses and government clients in many of the hardest-hit areas, namely New Jersey, Long Island, New York City and other parts of the New York metropolitan area.

When Hurricane Sandy made landfall, the storm left a trail of destruction from Virginia through Rhode Island, with historic flooding in New York and New Jersey and a hurricane-fueled snowstorm in southwest Virginia and western Maryland. Verizon teams had to confront closed roads, high water, blizzard-like conditions, heavy rain and high winds, along with downed trees and other debris – as they fanned out to assess damage and bring back service to consumers and businesses.

More than 1,200 Verizon employee volunteers from Maryland, DC and Virginia, as well as other parts of the Northeast that were not as severely affected by the storm, have joined forces with the company’s crews in New Jersey and the New York City metro area to replace poles and cables and restore service to customers in impacted communities.

Verizon employees, customers and the Verizon Foundation have raised millions of dollars to date to support Hurricane Sandy relief and rebuilding efforts. Customers can still make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999, and those who would like to give more can donate up to $50 via text. In addition, more than 6,100 Verizon employees have donated to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army through the Verizon Foundation’s matching gifts program. The foundation has matched those donations two-for-one.

This storm has had a devastating effect on people’s lives – including a number of Verizon employees and their families. Our hearts go out to everyone who was impacted by this tragedy and we continue to work around-the-clock to reconnect our customers, friends and family.

Tony Lewis
Region Vice President of State Government Affairs

(Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.)



Maryland Nonprofits Receive Nearly $250,000 to Combat Domestic Violence

On October 4, Verizon was joined by Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler, U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (MD-7th), Maryland State Delegate Barbara Robinson (D-40th), WEAA Radio’s Marsha Jews-Reeves, host of the talk show “Keep It Moving,” and many other community leaders for a special Domestic Violence Awareness Month kick-off event. During ceremonies recognizing several Maryland non-profits working to combat domestic and dating violence, Verizon announced $50,000 in grants as an initial investment in innovative programs including:

  • After School Dance Fund, to implement domestic violence prevention education programs targeting 200 underserved, diverse high school students. The students learn about developing healthy relationships, strategies for addressing domestic and dating violence and empowering their peers in the community and at school.
  • House of Ruth, for its Gateway Program, which educates and engages men in efforts to prevent domestic violence, and incorporates key activities such as skill building and collaboration with the criminal justice system to eliminate future violence against an intimate partner.
  • Kennedy Foundation.Net, to offer educational workshops for girls covering topics including domestic violence awareness and prevention, self-esteem, self-image and health/wellness/safety.
  • Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, to train more than 300 health care providers to effectively address, respond to and prevent domestic violence by identifying patients who are being abused, documenting the abuse and making referrals to local service providers.

Later in October, Verizon provided additional funding totaling nearly $200,000 to other Maryland nonprofits working to prevent domestic and dating violence, including: Anne Arundel Health System, Community Advocates for Family and Youth, Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, Family Crisis Resource Center, The People's Community Baptist Church, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center, Sisters4Sisters, Inc., Women Who Care Ministries, Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, University of Maryland Foundation (Baltimore County), and Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center. Both rounds of funding represent Verizon’s commitment to making a positive impact in communities across our state.

Anthony A. Lewis, Verizon’s mid-Atlantic region vice president of government affairs, said: “Domestic violence is a serious but preventable crime that affects millions of Americans in every segment of society. While the problem is universal, the solutions are not. Domestic violence victims face many challenges. We’re grateful that our funding will help break this vicious cycle and make a meaningful impact in these victims’ lives forever.”



Verizon Continues Outreach to Senior Community in Maryland

Continuing with Verizon’s outreach to the older adults community throughout the state of Maryland, we joined several members of the senior community in key events that gather participants to celebrate the presence of the senior community.

Baby Boomer Expo/Senior Expo

Senior Expo
Senior Expo II


Verizon’s team participated in the 2012 Baby Boomer Expo/Senior Expo held on October 10-11 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. The event, titled “Remember the Past, Celebrate the Present and Energize Your Future!,” celebrated the Expo’s Silver Anniversary and provided free health screenings, annual flu shots and more to more than 10,000 participants, including older adults, baby boomers, caregivers, families, persons with disabilities and professionals. As an event sponsor, Verizon joined 250 exhibitors and vendors on-site, distributed information about programs such as Lifeline, and showcased the latest wireless products and services for seniors. This year’s Expo marked a special occasion for participating seniors, their families and the community at-large, and Verizon is proud to participate in events for seniors whether we help to organize them or have an active presence as a participant. To learn more about the Expo, visit

Knowledge is Power Senior Symposium

Knowledge is Power Expo


On September 13, Verizon participated in the Knowledge is Power Senior Symposium, an expo-style fair for senior citizens in Baltimore City held at the Waxter Center, and joined Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young and Councilmembers Nick Mosby and Rochelle “Riki” Specter. Participating seniors learned about wireless technologies and devices as well as how to perform functions such as programming In Case of Emergency (ICE) contacts and address book contacts and using smartphones and cellular phones to text message, take and send pictures, and make and receive phone calls. Also, the seniors received information about Verizon’s Lifeline program for individuals within certain income ranges. The event allowed seniors to learn about several services offered to seniors through city offices, agencies and other partners.

Community Outreach, Resources and Education (C.O.R.E.) Fair

CORE Fair attendees
CORE Fair Community Leaders


On November 8, Verizon also hosted a Community Outreach, Resources and Education (C.O.R.E.) Fair to benefit senior adults, area residents and others in Emmitsburg, MD and surrounding areas. Verizon partnered with government leaders, state and local agencies, service providers and other community leaders to provide this largely rural community with helpful information on consumer discounts (including LifeLine discounted phone service and other programs), stroke awareness and prevention, mental health, technology and advancements in healthcare, and organizations and services related to aging. Residents had an up close and informal audience with MD State Senator David Brinkley, MD State Senator Ronald Young, MD Delegates Kelly Schulz and Kathryn Afzali who gave brief remarks.




Verizon Hosts MEDC’s Broadband Roundtable

Tony Lewis, Verizon’s mid-Atlantic region vice president of government affairs, delivered a State of Tomorrow address at the Maryland Economic Development Commission’s (MEDC) Broadband Roundtable in Silver Spring, MD on October 11. The Broadband Roundtable focused on the current state of Maryland’s broadband infrastructure, and the future plans, industry trends and issues impacting the growth of broadband both public and privately-initiated. The discussion informed the Commission on how the State of Maryland can best help to spur the growth of broadband, allowing it to reach all parts, particularly rural areas, of the state. Featured speakers included Greg Urban, Deputy State CIO – Operations, Maryland Department of Information Technology, regional and county representatives, and other private and government stakeholders. The event attracted more than 30 participants, including representatives from MEDC and the Department of Business and Economic Development, private stakeholders, state and county public officials.

Tony Lewis speakes at the MEDC
MEDC presentation


Chesapeake Bay Trust and Verizon Support Environmental Projects in Maryland

Verizon recently awarded a grant to the Chesapeake Bay Trust to support educational initiatives and local environmental projects across the state of Maryland. Based in Annapolis, the Chesapeake Bay Trust is a 4-star charity that donates 90 cents of every dollar received to fund on the ground programs and projects that are making a difference for the Chesapeake Bay and other communities in Maryland. Some of the key projects supported by the Trust include: the Clean Waters School and Healthy Communities project in Baltimore City, the Annapolis Maritime Museum for outdoor educational experiences for 45 second and third grade students in Anne Arundel County, a partnership with Sherwood High School for 165 AP Environmental students to participate in a two part investigation and wetland restoration project in Montgomery County, and a partnership with Dunloggin Middle School in Howard County for native trees and supplies for 7th grade students to monitor and restore two streams behind the school. “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, visit


Verizon’s Free Recycling Rally in Maryland Collects Nearly 15,000 Pounds of Electronics

On September 20, Verizon held an electronics recycling rally in the parking lot of its Chesapeake Complex in Silver Spring, MD. Free and open to the public as well as Verizon employees, the event collected nearly 15,000 pounds of electronics, including TVs, computers and microwaves. The recycling rally is part of the company’s commitment to protect and preserve the environment by enabling Verizon employees and the general public to be green at work and at home. The supplier disposing of the discarded items adhered to Verizon's zero-landfill objective – meaning that the materials will be reused or recycled so that they do not end up in a landfill. The event also collected 50 cell phones that were donated to Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program, which supports victims of domestic violence.


Holy Cross Hospital Receives Verizon grant to support NICU Virtual Visiting Program

The Holy Cross Hospital, with support from a Verizon Foundation grant, will be purchasing cameras with mounts to give families 24/7 access to view, on any web-enabled device, their newborn in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The Holy Cross Hospital, among the largest single-site hospital providers of obstetrics in the United States with more than 8,500 deliveries each year, has a 46-bed Level IIIB state-of-the-art facility to deliver babies and care for newborns with complex medical issues in Maryland and the District of Columbia. In April 2012, Holy Cross hit a milestone celebrating its 100,000th delivery since the year 2000. Parents and their newborns in the NICU are regularly separated from each other for extended periods of time because of the needs of the baby and the mother. Through the use of technology and cameras, the NICU Virtual Visiting program will help ease some of the stress that comes from this separation, promote family bonding, and increase patient satisfaction as a result of improved specialty consults between parents and physicians. To learn more about Holy Cross Hospital, visit



Six Montgomery County Public High Schools Featured in Latin Dance Competition

Before an audience of more than 1,500 parents, students and supporters, 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. Including opening remarks by Montgomery County Executive Leggett and Councilmember Nancy Navarro, this year’s competition featured six high schools (Hubert Blake HS, Clarksburg HS, Albert Einstein HS, Gaithersburg HS, Seneca Valley HS and Watkins Mill HS) with teams showing their talent through couple and group dance divisions, and a special student/parent couple competition. Verizon was proud to provide a text-to-vote feature that allowed the attendees to select the audience favorite. As an important presentation at the end of the event, Verizon announced a $15,000 grant to the After School Dance Fund to support a program that teaches teens about building healthy relationships and preventing dating violence. We are proud to partner with the After School Dance Fund and support its efforts to engage students and parents in positive extracurricular activities that promote a sense of school pride and team building. The Latin Dance Competition has become a signature Hispanic Heritage event in Montgomery County that allows students to participate in a competition that fosters collaboration and cultural awareness, while supporting academic achievement. To learn more about the program, visit

Verizon Maryland Telecom Pioneers Holds Annual Meeting

The Verizon Maryland Pioneers held its Annual Meeting in Ocean City, MD on September 21-22. The event gathered many Telecom Pioneers from around the state to celebrate the organization’s accomplishments and introduce new community service projects for 2013 which focus on important initiatives around education of children, military family support, and domestic violence education. During this special occasion, the Telcom Pioneers honored Lil Davis, who is the oldest living member of the organization, and Tony Lewis, Verizon’s mid-Atlantic region vice president of government affairs, inducted the new officers of the organization’s board. As part of promoting the organization’s mission, Pioneers leaders partner with other community service groups such as local Parent Teacher Student Associations, American Legion, Lions Club, and Rotary Clubs to enhance the positive impact of their important community service.

Maryland Pioneers Annual Meeting
Verizon's Tony Lewis addresses the Maryland Pioneers



Technology Article Series Begins in The AFRO Newspapers

A monthly column in The AFRO, a long time presence in the Maryland print media community with over 120 years in business, has begun under the title "What's New and Next in Tech." It is written by Tabb Bishop – Verizon’s vice president for state government affairs for the mid-Atlantic region, to inform people about technology instruments, issues and industry in a language that readers can understand. The AFRO reaches the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area with publications in Baltimore City, Prince George’s County and Washington, DC. The articles will help readers remain current on many of the technology advancements and how their lives are impacted by expressing many of these technical issues in any person’s language, and should help keep the public updated on and connected to issues in the industry, where great innovation is constant and changes take place quickly. To read the article, visit