At Verizon, we forge innovative, technology-based partnerships to address disparities in healthcare, and improve quality and access for those disproportionately affected by chronic disease. We also support programs that focus on domestic violence prevention and victim relief.
Below you'll learn more about what we're doing to reach these objectives and improve quality of life in Pennsylvania.
Featured Grants & Events
Verizon Powerful Answers Awards - Healthcare
On February 3, 2015, three great ideas in education were named Verizon Powerful Answers Award winners. After a year-long global challenge to discover and help bring to market technology-based solutions with the potential to change our world, the three winning projects are:
ORGANIZE ($1 Million Winner) - Organ donation simplified is the mantra for this NYC company. More than 120,000 people are on the waiting list for an organ donation. According to ORGANIZE, that translates to $42 billion in annual dialysis cost, which is expected to quadruple by 2030. ORGANIZE is creating a donation system fit for the 21st Century, through increased points of entry and a coordinated approach to registration for a more modern U.S. organ donation program.
Aldatu Biosciences ($250,000 Winner) - Changing infectious disease treatment through innovative diagnostic solutions for people with HIV.
Talkitt ($250,000 Winner) - Developed a voice-to-voice application that translates distorted pronunciation to understandable speech, filling a gap for the 1.5% of the population affected by speech and motor disabilities.
Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA
The Verizon Foundation recently presented a $10,000 grant to Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA (DVSSP) to fund a new program in partnership with Prime Stage Theater. 10 schools in Fayette, Greene and Washington counties will participate in "You Belong To Me," a one-act play that helps students gain a better understanding of themselves and how to develop healthy relationships.
Pictured ( L to R ): Lisa Hannum, Prevention/Education Coordinator - DVSSP; Verizon's Bill Carnahan.
Women's Health Center - Johnstown
The Verizon Foundation presented a $10,000 grant to the Women’s Help Center. The funds will help the Johnstown-based nonprofit launch Coaching Boys Into Men, a new program targeting audiences comprised of athletes, fraternities, the military, service and faith based organizations and community leaders on issues of violence against women.
Pictured ( L to R ): Susan Shahade, Executive Director of the Women’s Help Center; Verizon's Bill Carnahan.
Network of Victim Assistance Receives $10,000 Verizon Foundation Grant
On October 15th, Jamison-based Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) celebrated 40 years of helping victims of sexual assault and other serious crimes in Bucks County. The event also marked the formal conclusion of NOVA’s "Voices Against Violence" campaign, which raised over $2.1 Million, exceeding its goal.
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick greeted Daniel J. Reavy, Director of External Affairs for Verizon Pennsylvania, who presented a $10,000 Verizon Foundation grant to help support NOVA’s Healthy Relationships for Teens prevention education program.
The Verizon Foundation presented a $10,000 grant to Abington Health to help improve communication with a patient population needing translation services at the Abington Health Center Schilling Campus in Willow Grove, PA. As the number of patients with limited English proficiency grows, there is an increased need for timely translation services. This grant will help provide Video Remote Interpreter (VRI) services for patients needing sign language interpretation to six sites on the Schilling Campus, including the Mary T. Sachs Breast Center, the Diabetes Center, outpatient radiology and laboratory, and two hospital-owned physician practices.
YWCA Greater Harrisburg
Through a $10,000 grant from Verizon Foundation, the YWCA Greater Harrisburg will expand its Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program. The funds will support the YWCA staff in providing teen dating violence education and prevention activities to students at local high schools. To learn more, please visit http://www.ywcahbg.org/.
Domestic Violence Service Center (DVSC)
Through a grant from Verizon Foundation, the Domestic Violence Service Center (DVSC) will again impact 1,500 teens, seventh through twelfth grades, in Luzerne and Carbon County schools during the 2014/2015 school year, by continuing programming to increase knowledge about dating violence, healthy relationships, and resources and strategies available to reduce and prevent these violent behaviors. This project was initiated in 2012 through Verizon Foundation funding. The grant award was announced during the Safe Dates and Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kick-Off Event to the eleventh grade class at the Hazleton Area High School. The event was attend by representatives from DVSC including Paula Triano, Executive Director, Domestic Violence Service Center, Hazleton High School Principal Rocco Petrone, Mary Malone, President, Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce; Jeff Cusat, Hazleton City Council Member; and Verizon Representatives - Dan Reavy, Director of External Affairs, Raul Echevarria and Scott Dunja.
Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (DVCCC)
The Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (DVCCC) received a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation in December that will help the agency expand its outreach efforts to area schools and youth organizations to provide education on dating violence and the importance of healthy relationships. The program incorporates information from “Break the Cycle,” which helps young people escape abuse and build healthy relationships.
Pictured (L to R): County Commissioner Ryan Costello; West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta; Todd Darlington, Verizon Government Relations & External Affairs; Dolly Wideman-Scott, CEO of DVCCC; Terry Moody, Director of Development of DVCCC; Linda Altemus, DVCCC Board member; Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone; Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell.
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 ]
Smart Vision Labs - Powerful Answers
Smart Vision Labs- The winner of the Pwowerful Answers Awards top prize in the healthcare category, Smart Vision Labs developed a portable vision examination device that, with a single snapshot, measures refractive errors of the eye and generates prescriptions – all without patient interaction. The pocket-sized and low cost Smart Aberrometer uses a smartphone’s flashlight and camera, combined with an add-on microlens array, to improve the way people get their vision evaluated.
Converged Health Management
Verizon is addressing yet another critical issue faced by the U.S. healthcare system, with Converged Health Management, a remote patient-monitoring medical platform designed to help clinicians and patients manage their health in between doctor visits.[ Learn More ]
Virtua Healthcare Collaboration Summit
Using Technology to Improve Healthcare for Women
The Verizon Foundation has partnered with the Society for Women's Health Research to test technology that makes it easier to improve healthcare for women and make sure technology reaches those who need it most.
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.
Not Behind the Wheel
A partnership of Verizon Foundation and Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, resulted in "Not Behind The Wheel", a multi-media program that addresses the danger of texting while driving.