At Verizon, we invest in projects that provide technology to help underserved Virginians and people with disabilities access information on critical health issues. We also support innovative technology that helps health care providers increase their efficiency, effectiveness and reach. And we're committed to creating safer homes and communities by helping to prevent domestic violence and teach people how to protect themselves from online predators and bandits.

Below you'll find some information about recent grants and examples of our partnerships already in action.



Featured Events & Programs


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.



Verizon is proud to support Doorways for Women & FamiliesDoorways for Women & Families

The Verizon Foundation presented a $10,000 grant to Doorways for Women & Families, an Arlington-based nonprofit that strives to end family homelessness and intimate partner violence by offering safe shelter, support services and community advocacy. The program supported by this grant will target children who have been exposed to Domestic Violence (DV), providing them with resources and mental health services that will meet their immediate needs while also providing them with tools and skills to prevent repeated involvement in abusive relationships.

Pictured ( L to R ) Caroline Jones, Executive Director - for Women & Families, and Verizon's Doug Brammer.


Verizon is proud to support the 13th Annual 94.9 The Point Radiothon

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters & 13th Annual 94.9 The Point Radiothon

The Verizon Foundation presented a $10,000 grant to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) in support its mission to provide essential resources to care for the region's children when they need it most. Verizon was the social media sponsor of the 13th Annual 94.9 The Point Radiothon, a 4-day fundraiser for CHKD patients and families. The event was a great success, with more than $342,000 donated! Congratulations and THANKS to everyone who participated!



Verizon is proud to support the Fairfax County Sheriff's OfficeFairfax County Sheriff's Office: Project Lifesaver

The Verizon Foundation recently presented a $5,000 grant to the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office to help support Project Lifesaver. The program benefits County residents that have a family member who has a tendency to wander due to Alzheimer's, Dementia, Autism, Downs Syndrome or a traumatic brain injury. Since 2005, they have a 100% success rate in finding and safely returning affected clients. [ Learn More ]



Verizon is proud to support the Loudoun Abused Women’s ShelterLoudoun Abused Women’s Shelter

The Verizon Foundation recently presented a $5,000 grant to the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter to help support programs that provide healthy relationship and violence awareness outreach and educational activities for teens. The programs includes implementing school-wide awareness activities that will educate other teens and allow for program participants to serve as mentors/ role models to their peers.



Verizon is proud to support SCAN of Northern VirginiaStop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia

The Verizon Foundation presented a $7,500 grant to Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia. The grant will help support a multi-faceted program which engages men as advocates and change agents to prevent family violence. The program includes leadership of a region-wide coalition and public education efforts including participation in community events, speaking engagements and distribution of parenting literature that focus on having a positive, long-term impact in domestic violence prevention throughout northern Virginia.

Pictured (L to R): Sean Hosty, President of the Board of Directors, Sonia Quiñónez, Executive Director of SCAN; and Verizon's Doug Brammer.

To learn more about the great work that they do at SCAN, please visit



Verizon is proud to support The Genieve ShelterThe Genieve Shelter

The Verizon Foundation presented a $17,500 grant to The Genieve Shelter in Suffolk, VA. The grant will help support a program for teens in the Western Tidewater region promoting healthy dating relationships and focusing on the long-term impacts of dating and domestic violence. The peer-based counseling is designed to lessen the likelihood that teens will enter into the behaviors that lead to domestic violence either as perpetrators or as victims.

Pictured (L to R): James Gregory, Development Coordinator for The Genieve Shelter; and Verizon's Laura Barnes.

To learn more, please visit



Verizon is prooud to support Bethany House Northern VirginiaBethany House of Northern Virginia

The Verizon Foundation presented a $5,000 grant to Bethany House of Northern Virginia to help support programs providing women and children impacted by domestic violence with resources and mental health services to help them recover from the trauma of abuse, as well as the tools and skills needed to prevent repeated involvement in abusive relationships.

Pictured (L to R): Shilli Vasser Billiam, Director of Development, Jasmin Witcher, Acting Executive Director, Verizon's Doug Brammer.

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



Video Gallery


Nueva Vida, New Hope

Get to know the determined women of Nueva Vida, a support network for Latino families whose lives have been affected by cancer. This organization was founded in 1996 by a group of Latina cancer survivors and healthcare professionals in Washington DC, and today it has expanded to the Baltimore and Richmond metropolitan areas. [ 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 ]



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 ]

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.

Telling Amy's Story

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.

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