Giving Back in Rhode Island

Verizon serves customers in every corner of Rhode Island, and we're committed to using technology to make a difference in the neighborhoods in which they live and work. By supporting organizations that are making a difference every day, together we are improving lives while contributing to the future well-being of the Ocean State.

The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, focuses on improving quality of life for Rhode Island residents by investing in a wide range of programs that strengthen K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, raise awareness of domestic violence, and improve health care and energy management through the use of technology.


Featured Grants and Events


The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is back!

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is back, and Bill Nye, the Science Guy, is helping Verizon to encourage students nationwide to organize their teams and submit their cool app ideas now. Absolutely no coding or technology skills are necessary to win. [ Learn More ]

The deadline for submission is November 24, 2015, and the winners will be named in January 2016.




East Providence Prevention Center Recognizes Verizon


The East Providence Prevention Coalition (EPPC) presented their 2015 Partners In Prevention Awards to ten individuals/organizations. Michele Cinquegrano (second from the right) accepted the award on behalf of Verizon. The EPPC is a citizens group dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles. To learn more about the great work that they do in our community, click here.


Verizon Champions Innovative STEM Programs at 4 Rhode Island Schools

PTCA Principal Torchon, Department Director Luke Driver (back), Verizon's Michele Cinquegrano, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Providence School Superintendent Susan Lusi, Teacher (and former aerospace engineer) Jesus Garcia Galvez, and Director Torres.

Verizon's Michele Cinquegrano (left) with Highlander Charter students and Rose Mary Grant, Head of School

Verizon Champions Innovative STEM Programs at 4 Rhode Island Schools

The Verizon Innovate Learning Grant program recognizes and supports promising initiatives to increase STEM learning and interest in K-12 schools. The Verizon Foundation awarded a total of $220,000 to eleven schools/districts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The winners are among 80 schools nationwide to receive a grant to improve STEM education. Schools here in the Ocean State include:

James R. D. Oldham Elementary School, East Providence:

The James R.D. Oldham Elementary is the first elementary school in East Providence to introduce STEM to its students. Students will learn about engineering and use technology through project based learning, and STEM professionals will provide career awareness and instruction to all students in kindergarten through grade 5.

Providence Technical & Career Academy:

Through the Made to Order program, Providence Technical & Career Academy will use the process of product realization from concept to market as a paradigm for exploring engineering for high school students. Students will develop a product using innovative technologies such as Computer Aided Design, MindTools and 3-D printing. The goal is to provide students in the pre-engineering program with a better understanding of what it takes to design, create and bring a product to market.

Highlander Charter School, Providence:

The Highlander Charter School will use Seaperch, a nationally recognized robotics program, to encourage students to engage in STEM subjects. The approach is to offer hands on, experiential, project based learning opportunity to engage students in ways that allows success, confidence, and awareness of skills in STEM subjects. The unique use of underwater technology will resonate with students in the Ocean State.

The Learning Community Charter School, Central Falls:

Recognizing the critical importance of tech readiness, The Learning Community Charter School is partnering with Brown University and NASA to develop an innovative computer science curriculum for middle grade students that will enable students to create their own mobile applications.

Verizon proudly supports the DVRCSC


Verizon Grant Supports Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County


The Verizon Foundation presented a $5,000 grant to the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County, supporting programs that will increase access to quality mental health care services for victims of domestic violence and their children. These services are especially important for survivors in order to help them return to a stable, happy life that is free of unhealthy relationships and domestic violence. Counseling develops the ability to process the trauma they have experienced and learn new, healthy relationship skills needed to plan for a violence-free future.

To learn more about the great work that they do in our community, please visit


Verizon proudly supports Day One Verizon Grant Supports Day One


The Verizon Foundation presented a $5,000 grant to Day One. Day One offers comprehensive group therapy for secondary victims of sexual assault. Continuing group therapy entitled 'Finding our Way Back: Reconnecting to Traumatized Youth' addresses the traumatic effect of violence committed by members of the family. This group therapy is effective support for caregivers of domestic violence victims since the caregiver has to be aware of their own emotional reactions and be able to manage it to effectively help the survivor.

To learn more about the great work that they do in our community, please visit


Verizon proudly supports the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic ViolenceVerizon Grant Supports Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence


The Verizon Foundation presented a $7,500 grant to the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) in support of the Ten Men initiative. The Verizon Foundation and Verizon Wireless have been ongoing supporters of the RICADV’s public awareness efforts for years and serve as models for other businesses on how they can get involved in the movement to end domestic violence. As this year’s "KNOW MORE. DO MORE." campaign is launched, we urge the business community to visit and learn more about the ways they can help.


Verizon Foundation grant supports Care New England Health System's telemedicine programsCare New England Health System - Telemedicine Pilot Program


Through the support of a $20,000 Verizon Foundation grant, Care New England Health System hospitals Kent, located in Warwick and Memorial, located in Pawtucket, will take part in a cardiac telemedicine pilot program further enhancing the care provided through Care New England’s Cardiovascular program.


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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 ]



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 ]



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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 ]



Helping Deaf Senior Citizens Stay Connected

Inside the doors the New England Homes for the Deaf, you can find some of the most caring and inspirational people you'll ever meet. It is the only facility in the Northeast that takes care senior citizens that are deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing. Residents rely on video phones for staying connected with loved ones, and the caring staff utilizes video phone and Internet connected devices day and night.



Empowering Teachers and Students in the Classroom

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.



"Telling Amy's Story"

This powerful documentary chronicles the death of Amy Homan McGee, a mother of two, who was shot and killed by her husband. Hosted by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay, and told by Detective Deirdri Fishel, Telling Amy's Story follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred on November 8, 2001. Learn more.



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. Visit