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 sustainability, education, and healthcare. Through the support of our employees and our resources, we help address the needs of communities around the world. To learn more, visit





Recent Grants, Events and Programs


Making Strides in Brooklyn to End Breast CancerMaking 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 ]



Verizon Support Safe Homes of Orange CountyRenaissance 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.



Verizon Support Safe Homes of Orange CountySafe 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 Champions Innovative STEM Programs at 5 New York SchoolsVerizon Champions Innovative STEM Programs at 5 New York Schools

The Verizon Innovate Learning Grant program recognizes and supports promising initiatives to increase STEM learning and interest in K-12 schools. The winners are among 80 schools nationwide to receive a grant to improve STEM education. [ Learn More ]

Concourse Village Elementary School: This grant will be used to develop a hands-on program that allows students to create working robots demonstrating technology’s ability to powerfully perform useful tasks.

PS/IS 30-Mary White Ovington School: Students will participate in an outdoor STEM experience and a 3D printing task to demonstrate how STEM principles can be used to apply technology in solving real-world problems.

Esperanza Preparatory Academy: “STEM Lab 101” will provide STEM-related materials, resources, and workshops to all teachers in the district to allow them to provide their students increased exposure and opportunities in the STEM fields.

Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation: Students participating in the “Green Hub” program will focus on providing healthy food to the community by constructing and programming embedded electronics and a mobile app that will enhance remote management of a shared rooftop garden.

Energy Tech High School: This program focuses on engaging more young women into STEM fields by launching a women’s robotics team and expanding mentoring and recruitment programs.



For Deesha Hill, Job Satisfaction Includes Giving BackVolunteer Spotlight: For Deesha Hill, Job Satisfaction Includes Giving Back

As regional coordinator for Verizon’s New York Legal Pro Bono Committee, Hill believes deeply that lawyers have an obligation to give back to the community. She is proud that Verizon shares that conviction and encourages employees to devote their time and talents to the public good. Last year, she notes, 64 percent of Verizon’s legal department across the nation provided free pro bono volunteer hours. [ Learn More ]



Verizon is proud to support Diaspora Community ServicesDiaspora Community Services

Diaspora Community Services, a social support agency in Brooklyn, received a $20,000 grant from HopeLine® from Verizon and the Verizon Foundation to fund education and counseling services for women and children affected by domestic violence. The grant will also support Diaspora’s Maternal Group Home, which provides shelter for young mothers and their children, as well as help fund a coalition of providers specifically focused on assisting Caribbean communities in Brooklyn impacted by domestic violence.


Verizon is proud to support the Hispanic Federation

2014 Hispanic Education Summit

The 2014 Hispanic Education Summit, organized and hosted by the Hispanic Federation, took place on Friday, September 12, 2014. It is an all-day conference which brings together community advocates, educators, students, parents and policymakers to advance best practices and needed reforms aimed at improving Latino educational achievement. Verizon is a strong supporter of the Hispanic Federation and, as such, was invited to greet conference attendees. Patrick Lespinasse, of the State Government Affairs team, highlighted the Verizon Foundation’s support of the Federation’s public awareness campaign around early childhood education. He also encouraged attendees to participate in and promote the annual Verizon Innovative App Challenge, a national competition created by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association that challenges students to develop ideas and concepts for mobile apps. Other speakers included New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina.

Pictured (L to R): Jose Calderon, President of the Hispanic Federation and Verizon's Patrick Lespinasse



Long Island Crisis Center’s 6th Annual “Let’s Walk Let’s Talk…Stepping Together to Prevent Suicide”

On Sunday, September 21st, Verizon was a proud sponsor of the Long Island Crisis Center’s 6th Annual “Let’s Walk Let’s Talk…Stepping Together to Prevent Suicide.” The annual Walk along the Long Beach Boardwalk attracted hundreds of supporters of the Long Island Crisis Center, including families personally impacted by the loss of a loved one. The Long Island Crisis Center, a nonprofit organization, operates a suicide prevention and crisis intervention hotline 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week. In 2013, the organization responded to more than 10,000 calls via its hotlines, on-line chat site, mobile texting and walk-in center.

Verizon is proud to sponsor the Long Island Crisis Center’s 6th Annual Walk

Verizon's Harry Morales and Kim John, Nassau Legislator Denise Ford, and Verizon's Ki McClary


Town of Hempstead Councilman Edward A. Ambrosino, Verizon's Patrick Lespinasse, Linda Leonard – Executive Director, Long Island Crisis Center, and Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray



Verizon is proud to support STOP Domestic ViolenceSTOP Domestic Violence

STOP Domestic Violence, a NYS certified program assisting victims of domestic violence, based in Plattsburgh, recently received a $20,000 Verizon Hopeline grant. The funds will be used to expand the reach of education and awareness programs in public schools across Clinton, Franklin and Essex Counties.



Verizon is proud to sponsor Girls Inc. of Westchester's SMARTech programGirls Inc. - SMARTech

Girls Inc. of Westchester received a $10,000 Foundation grant from Verizon to support the coding component of SMARTech, a 1-week, girls-only STEM camp for low-income 7th grade girls.

A critical part of Girls Inc. Westchester's STEM Initiative, SMARTech is a stepping-stone to Eureka!, a 5-year workforce development program launching in 2015 to prepare at-risk 12-18 year-old girls for STEM careers. Watch this video from FiOS1 News.



Family Justice Center of Erie County

Verizon Wireless recently awarded a $50,000 grant to the Family Justice Center of Erie County (FJC) to help fund “Tech Checks,” a new technology safety initiative. The grant will help fund tablets for survivors of domestic abuse and cover the cost for scanning personal vehicles and electronics for potential tracking devices and software. The grant was made available through HopeLine from Verizon. [ Learn More ]



Verizon is proud to support CUNY's SmartPitch ChallengeSmartPitch 2014

The Verizon Foundation, the lead partner in the 2014 SmartPitch Challenge, provided a $60,000 grant to support this year’s program, including $25,000 in prizes for the top five teams. More than 200 teams from NYC colleges signed up to compete, the most in the competition’s 12 year history. Verizon offered mentors to provide infrastructure, marketing, and general business management support.

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Verizon is proud to support the Bertha Harris Women's Center at the College of Staten IslandBertha Harris Women’s Center, College of Staten Island

The Verizon Foundation recently presented a $10,000 grant to the Bertha Harris Women’s Center at the College of Staten Island. The funding will allow the Center to offer extended hours of operation and new services in support of victims of gender-based violence in the CSI community. To learn more about the great work that they do, please visit

Pictured (L to R): Lori Uccio and Dr. Ellen Goldner of the CSI Women's Center



Verizon is proud to support Margaret's PlaceMargaret's Place

On May 5, Verizon Wireless presented the Joe Torre Foundation with a $25,000 HopeLine donation at Margaret’s Place in Brooklyn’s BASE High School. The donation will be used to support the four Margaret’s Place locations throughout New York City, which offer students “safe rooms” to talk to each other and a professional counselor about violence-related issues.



Verizon is proud to support New Destiny HousingNew Destiny Housing

In April, New Destiny Housing hosted the opening of its newest affordable housing community in Brooklyn, Bainbridge Manor, a 23-unit residence with on-site services for low-income families, including domestic violence survivors and their children. As part of the grand opening, HopeLine® from Verizon and the Verizon Foundation gave a $50,000 grant to help furnish and staff the building. The grant will also help fund the Family Support Program, which offers domestic violence counseling and empowers residents to become self-sufficient.

Pictured (L to R): Doug Schoenberger, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Public Policy, Verizon; Mike Passerello, District Manager, Verizon Wireless New York Metro; Wendy Taccetta, Director of Stores, Verizon Wireless New York Metro; Carol Corden, ‎Executive Director, New Destiny Housing Corporation; Pat Devlin, President, Verizon Wireless New York Metro.


Verizon is proud to support the Young Women's Leadership Network

The Young Women's Leadership Network "Cool Women - Hot Jobs" Program

On March 6, 2014, volunteers from approximately 45 companies and organizations participated in The Young Women’s Leadership Network’s (TYWLN) “Cool Women - Hot Jobs” Career Day Series in Brooklyn. The goal of the series is to expose students at these Leadership Schools to as many careers as possible and to perhaps pique their interest in a particular field of endeavor.

For the second year in a row, members of Verizon’s Public Policy, Law and External Affairs Department spoke about their own career choices - both the rewarding and the challenging aspects of their jobs - and the education and skills students would need to succeed in the business world and in the legal profession. Representing the diversity of personal and professional backgrounds at Verizon, our volunteers were: Michelle Ifill, Karin Riecker, Counsel, Alicia Forte, Allyson Cannistra, Melissa Manzanares, Brittany Meklin, Janae Seymore, and Tina Zoganas.



Video Gallery


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 ]



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.


Verizon's MAGIC Bus Is Green

Verizon has introduced a fleet of 25 MAGIC buses into NYC to help improve parking, emissions and traffic. The new fleet removes 250 older gasoline trucks from city streets, eliminates more than 70,000 gallons of gasoline used yearly, and reducing C02 by more than 645 metric tons -- the equivalent weight of 200 passenger vehicles.
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Verizon Powerful Answers - VGo Robotic Telepresence

Robotic telepresence with Verizon enriches education experiences and expands horizons for children. Because the world's biggest challenges deserve even bigger solutions.



Providing Strong Solutions in Health Care

With Americans spending more than $2.6 trillion on health care each year, and with many in rural and urban areas finding it difficult to access quality health care, the Verizon Foundation believes next-generation technologies - put in the hands of innovative partners - can help address these challenges.



The Network Effect

Environmental stewardship is ingrained in Verizon's heritage, and the company prides itself on having a positive influence on the environment. We work to reduce our impact on the environment by conserving energy, recycling and developing greener products. And we're showing measurable results. For more information, visit


Verizon Launches Entrepreneurship Training Program for Domestic Violence Survivors

Five workforce development organizations across New York State will be awarded Verizon grants totalling $100,000 each. The organizations, in partnership with local domestic violence advocacy agencies, are developing programs to educate and mentor survivors. Read the press release.


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 documentary chronicles the time leading up to the murder of Amy Homan McGee. 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 at