Verizon and its employees are driven to use the innovative power of our technology - and our philanthropic dollars - to address critical social issues. We are proud to partner with key nonprofit organizations throughout both states to be a positive force for change in communities in greatest need. The Verizon Foundation is focused on using technology to solve critical social issues in education, healthcare and environmental sustainability. Through the support of our employees and our resources, we help address the needs of communities around the world. [ Learn More ]
Recent Grants, Events and Programs
Harrison High Students are “Best in Nation” in Verizon Innovative App Challenge
Students from Harrison High School in Harrison, NY were named Best in Nation winners in the fourth-annual Verizon Innovative App Challenge for their mobile app concept to combat hunger. Consumers using the app would be given a chance to pay-it-forward when they order food online and buy a meal for a person in need at the same time.
They found out they were winners at a presentation ceremony Feb. 2 in Harrison.
The “Pay-It-Forward App” team included Paul Bilotta, Christine Cardascia, Ricky Harris, Ben Struhl, Thomas Alvarado and Josh Munoz. Their advisor is teacher Diane Frawley.
The national competition, created by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association, challenged student teams across the country to come up with ideas for mobile apps that could solve a problem in their schools or communities, with no coding skills required.
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A New Way of Thinking
Learn how a Social Media post from a student at Health Sciences Charter School triggered an innovative literacy partnership with SUNY Buffalo. [ Read More ]
The Health Sciences Charter School, in Buffalo, N.Y., is a Verizon Innovations Learning School, one of 24 across the U.S. receiving grants from the Verizon Foundation. The VILS grant provides teachers with the training to invent new ways to instruct and learn through mobile technology. It was coupled with the donation of 80 tablet computers from Samsung — important in a school where 70 percent of students lack Internet access at home.
Making Strides in Brooklyn to End Breast Cancer
Verizon employees in Brooklyn also go by another name: Members Make A Difference. Staying true to its name, the MMAD team made a big difference by raising over $18,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Team MMAD included employees from Verizon’s 395 Flatbush Ave. office, field technicians from various local garages and team members representing Verizon in the Bronx and New Jersey.[ Learn More ]
Renaissance Charter High School Wins Innovative Learning School Grant
The Verizon Foundation recently presented a $20,000 grant to the faculty, staff, and students of the Renaissance Charter High School in East Harlem for their winning proposal in the Innovate Learning Grants program. The funds will support the “Green Hub” program that will develop a mobile app and deploy embedded electronics to remotely manage a shared rooftop garden. Verizon's Doug Schoenberger joined Principal Terence Joseph, Executive Director Stephen Falla Riff, and Max Cantarero from Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s office for the presentation.
Safe Homes of Orange County
Michael Mortensen, district manager for Verizon Wireless in the Hudson Valley, and Paul Marvulli, general manager of the Verizon Wireless store in Newburgh, presented a $20,000 Verizon Foundation grant to Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier, executive director, and Sarita Green, director of programs and services, from Safe Homes of Orange County. The grant will help support the organization’s domestic violence education and prevention efforts in Orange County.
Verizon is aiming to reach 1 million phone donations to their HopeLine program by the end of 2015. These phones are turned into vital resources for victims and survivors of domestic violence. [ Learn More ]
Verizon is a Great/Green Place to Work
With more than 20,000 Green Team members, Verizon always has a fun eco-friendly event around the corner. Look for career opportunities with us, and help us stay committed to improving the communities in which we live and work. [ Learn More ]
Verizon Powerful Answers Awards
Four great ideas were named first place winners of the Powerful Answers Award, a multi-million dollar challenge that encourages entrepreneurs to provide innovative solutions in education, healthcare, sustainability and transportation. [ Learn More ]
What is Global Corporate Citizenship?
ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year
Verizon has been named Energy Star Partner of the Year for the third year in a row. See the amount of energy Verizon is saving, and learn more about our goal to certify 100% of eligible stores. [ Learn More ]
Verizon Supports Girls in STEM
Women are hugely outnumbered in engineering and computing jobs. In fact, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but hold just 25% of the jobs in technical or computing fields. As a technology company, we recognize the enormous contributions women make in STEM fields, and the importance of encouraging of love of science, technology, engineering and math, at an early age. [ Learn More ]
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 ]
Empowering Teachers and Students in the Classroom
A Verizon is working with more than 200 teachers in 24 schools to provide the training they need to more effectively integrate mobile technology in their classrooms. See how students are benefiting and thriving.
Verizon Powerful Answers - New York Harbor School
The New York Harbor School's Billion Oyster Project is a perfect example of what the Verizon Innovation Program is all about. By leveraging our 4G LTE network, they're building a science platform that keeps students engaged daily and helps them achieve their goals to restore New York harbor.