The Verizon Foundationdefines "quality of life" in these terms - the ability to live a life free from domestic violence. We invest in organizations that provide education, prevention, victim relief and empowerment resources.
Find out more about what we're doing to reach these objectives and improve quality of life in Texas.
Featured Events and Grants
Verizon, Houston Sheriff Department and Crime Stoppers Launch ‘Catch A Culprit’ Campaign
The Houston/Gulf Coast region kicked off Domestic Violence Awareness Month launching the ‘Catch A Culprit’ campaign with the Houston Sheriff Department and Crime Stoppers of Houston. Houston/Gulf Coast Region Director of Business Sales, Tyrone Rice, awarded Crime Stoppers a $15,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation in support of the domestic violence fugitive apprehension program. Verizon’s grant will also enable Crime Stoppers to provide public awareness and education on domestic violence-related issues. [ Learn More ]
Angelo State University - "Campus Conversation"
Verizon sponsored a “Campus Conversation” at Angelo State University with about 75 college men to discuss “healthy masculinity and dating.” This event is part of Verizon’s commitment to prevent domestic violence in our communities. Pictured, from left: Dr. Alaric Williams with Angelo State, Barb Walker with Verizon, college student Ares Parker, Audrey Wilson with Angelo State, college student Preston Wimberly, Pat McGann with the Men Can Stop Rape organization, and college student Jacob Crawshaw.
A New Way to Help Victims of Domestic Violence
On October 30, 2013 , the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH)announcedthat visitors to TheHotline.org looking for information or help will now be able to chat live online with advocates thanks to a $250,000 donation from Verizon, through its HopeLineprogram.
Vice President Joe Biden, a vocal advocate for women and men experiencing domestic violence, met with advocates and spoke at a press conference about the importance of supporting domestic violence services.
Verizon's Alan Gardner joined actress, advocate and founder and the president of the Joyful Heart Foundation, Mariska Hargitay at the announcement event, held in Austin, TX. [ Learn More ]
"Stand Up, Step Out"
More than 300 Verizon employees in Irving laced up their walking shoes to join forces against domestic violence and took part in the “Stand up, Step out March." At the event, Verizon region executives Michelle Miller and Pedro Correa presented a $10,000 check to Brighter Tomorrows, one of the biggest domestic violence agencies serving the city. Congratulations and THANKS to everyone who participated!
Verizon presented a check for $15,000 to support Domestic Violence Awareness programs at SafePlace in Austin, TX. To learn more about the great work they're doing, please visit http://safeplace.org.
Tyler Rescue Ministries
Tyler Rescue Ministries received a $5,000 Verizon grant to help provide career services for victims of domestic violence who are rebuilding their lives.
From left: Verizon's Eric Thompson with Maurice Barnes of Tyler Rescue Ministries.
From left: Rebecca Farrell, Executive Director of the Family Crisis Center with Verizon Wireless representative Christina Ruiz.
Houston Area Women's Center
Verizon has been a long-term supporter of the Houston Area Women’s Center, and in 2013 VZ provided a $25,000 grant to help fund teen education programs in area high schools.
Pictured here is Rebecca White, CEO of Houston Area Women’s Center; and Krista Bourne, VZ Wireless Region President.
Domestic Violence Coordinating Council of Harris County
Verizon donated $15,000 to the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council of Harris County (DVCCHC) to provide specialized training in DV awareness to every police officer in the Pasadena Police Department, who are often times the first line of defense for domestic violence victims.
From left: Pasadena Asst. Police Chief Susan Clifton, DVCCHC Barbie Brashear, DVCCHC Debbie Moseley, Verizon External Affairs Barbara Walker, DVCCHC Amy Smith, and Pasadena Police Chief Michael Thaler.
Fort Bend County Women’s Center Verizon recently presented a grant for $10,000 to the Fort Bend County Women’s Center to help support their domestic violence outreach programs working with local universities.
From left: Doug Heath, president-elect Ft. Bend County Women’s Center Board of Directors; Anne Budill, Communications for Ft. Bend County Women’s Center and Krista Bourne, VZ Wireless Region President.
Crime Stoppers of Houston Verizon provided a $15,000 grant toCrime Stoppers of Houstonto create a Domestic Violence Awareness campaign. The campaign reaches millions of people in the Houston marketplace with its extensive media reach.
Pictured: (Front, L to R) Gretchen Whitaker, Verizon Wireless Houston/Gulf Coast PR Manager; Rania Mankarious, Crime Stoppers of Houston Executive Director; (Back, L to R) Council Member Jack Christie; Rebecca White, Houston Area Women’s Center Executive Director
Texas Council on Family Violence
David Russell with Verizon External Affairs speaks about the importance of domestic violence prevention support at a press conference in Austin with Senator Jane Nelson and the Texas Council on Family Violence.
The Verizon Foundation awarded HCC Coleman College for Health Sciences a $10,000 grant to fund the Child Advocacy Studies Training (CAST) program. The objective of CAST is to educate professionals about identifying signs of abuse and developing their understanding of the factors that lead to it, as well as appropriate interventions and responses and how to work with survivors.
(L to R) Dr. Kelly J. Zúñiga, Executive Director, HCC Foundation; Douglas W. Glenn, Verizon Wireless; Mary Ann Perez, former HCC Board of Trustees Chair; Kirk White, Director, Center for Healthcare Professionals; Dr. Betty Young, President, Coleman College; Rich Rosing, HCC Coleman College, Human Services Technology Department, Faculty; Tyrone Rice, Verizon Wireless; and Tammy Cowen, Verizon Wireless.
Verizon presented a $5,000 check to support Liberty Lighthouse Domestic Violence Shelter in Springtown, TX. Community Leaders participated in the check presentation which was held at the Springtown Chamber of Commerce.
(L to R) John Conway, Springtown chamber; Michelle Magee, Verizon Wireless retail; Barbara Walker, Verizon External Affairs; Darla Spillman, Liberty Lighthouse; Michelle Deweese, Liberty Lighthouse and TX State Representative Phil King.
Verizon and Crime Stoppers Houstonannounced a communitywide partnership to raise awareness of Domestic Violence issues in the Houston area and also to help apprehend domestic violence perpetrators. The campaign was announced in front of numerous Houston TV stations, and is expected to reach 4 million people. Tryon Rice, director of government accounts for Verizon Wireless Gulf Coast, presents a $15,000 check to Katherine Cabaniss, Executive Director, Crime Stoppers Houston to support this campaign.
Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, accepts a leadership award from Verizon Wireless on behalf of his work to prevent domestic violence and make Houston a safer community.
Center Against Family Violence - El Paso
Verizon recently presented a $15,000 grant to the Center Against Family Violence in El Paso. The grant will fund Domestic Violence Prevention programs designed to reach teenagers. The check was presented at a community wide Peace Rally in El Paso. From left: Frances Paez - Youth Council Member; Liz Reveles - Verizon Wireless; Stephanie Karr - CAFV Executive Director; and Jamie Esparza - District Attorney.
Verizon Foundation has provided a $10,000 grant to SafeHaven of Tarrant County to support the Male Mentor program.
The Male Mentor program provides safety, support and domestic violence prevention coaching to children recovering from domestic violence at the Arlington Shelter. Most importantly, the male mentor provides a positive male influence and mentors children, especially boys, entering the Arlington shelter by offering case management, tutoring, recreation, and skills-building.
The Your Voice Counts campaign is designed to help men, women and communities to start talking about domestic violence and bring this often silent issue out into the open. Your Voice Counts and its resources were created specifically for men, and offer a variety of ways everyone can make a difference in their communities by speaking out against domestic violence. [ Read the press release. ]
"Telling Amy's Story"
This powerful documentary chronicles the time leading up to 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, the story follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred on November 8, 2001. Learn more.
"Safety Net Videos"
Let a domestic violence expert guide you on how technology can help keep you and your family safe.Learn more.