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, visithttp://www.verizonfoundation.org.
Recent Grants, Events and Programs
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 ]
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.
Bertha 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 http://www.csi.cuny.edu/womenscenter/.
Pictured (L to R): Lori Uccio and Dr. Ellen Goldner of the CSI Women's Center
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.
New 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.
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.
How Technology Transformed One Struggling School in the Bronx
Within a year, the Bronx Academy of Promise charter school rose from a Grade F rating from the New York City Department of Education to a Grade A. With new Principal Catherine Jackvony at the helm, and teachers determined to keep students in school, the staff of the Bronx Academy made a commitment to change course and turn to technology as one of their solutions.[ Learn more ]
Volunteer Spotlight: Anne Harrienger Makes Her Lunch Hour Count!
Because Anne Harrienger, a senior analyst in our Consumer and Mass Markets organization, volunteers at least 50 hours annually at Immaculate Heart Central Primary School in Watertown, the Verizon Foundation donates $750 to the school. The last grant the school received went toward a new reading program and the purchase of books for training the teachers. [ Learn More ]
Queens Library's Youth Workforce Initiatives
A $25,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation will help support the Queens Library's STEM programs including: Saturday Science Labs at the Children's Library Discovery Center (CLDC); and Youth Tech Experts, which provide hands-on help to customers using the public access computers at community libraries. To learn more, visit www.queenslibrary.org.
PHOTO: Verizon's Patrick Lespinasse (left) visits The Saturday Science Lab
Helping to open doors to students for “A Better Chance”
This is a great story about Janine Hunter, a Corporate HR Manager who spends her free time serving as a member of the parent planning and recruiting steering committees forA Better Chance.
To recognize National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to honor a local domestic violence advocate for her efforts to bring an end to domestic violence in her community, Diana Butcher from the Salvation Army of Jamestown received the 2012 HopeLine Award during a ceremony at the Jamestown Verizon Wireless store. In addition, Verizon Wireless made a $2,500 donation to the Salvation Army of Jamestown in Diana’s name.
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. [ Learn more ]
Robotic telepresence with Verizon enriches education experiences and expands horizons for children. Because the world's biggest challenges deserve even bigger solutions.
Verizon Thinkfinity is a free comprehensive educational website that provides tens of thousands of free educational resources including standards-based K-12 lesson plans, videos, podcasts, interactive games and printable worksheets. The New York State Teacher Centers and the New York Institute of Technology are responsible for the rollout of Thinkfinity in New York state. Please visit:www.thinkfinityny.org.
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 responsibility.verizon.com.
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 thepress 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.
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.
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 telling.psu.edu/.