Corporate Responsibility: Doing the Work
We know that the most effective resources we have for carrying out our commitment to communities are our employee volunteers. In 2007, Verizon employees and retirees donated more than 485,000 hours of service and, with the Verizon Foundation, contributed $25 million in combined matching gift funds, making Verizon Volunteers one of the largest corporate volunteer incentive programs in the United States.
Domestic Violence Prevention
Domestic violence is the greatest cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States – more than muggings, car accidents and rapes combined. Last year the Verizon Foundation supported domestic violence prevention organizations with $5.4 million in grants. In addition, Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine® program, which puts wireless technology to work to help victims of domestic violence, collected more than 1 million no-longer-used phones, awarded more than $1.7 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies, and distributed more than 20,000 phones — with the equivalent of 60 million minutes of service — to be used by victims of domestic violence.
For more information on the Verizon Foundation’s philanthropic efforts, please visit www.verizon.com/foundation.
At Verizon, we believe that corporate responsibility is more than how we conduct our business. It’s the sum of our identity: the quality of our people, the value of our brand, our standing in the community and our performance in the marketplace. We’re committed to acting with integrity, adhering to the highest ethical standards and improving the lives of the people we serve.
But bold statements don’t make a company great – performance does. That’s why Verizon was named one of the “100 Best Corporate Citizens” by CRO Magazine in 2008. For more information on Verizon’s commitment to corporate responsibility, please visit www.verizon.com/responsibility.
Education and Literacy
Improving basic literacy skills in the United States is among the Verizon Foundation’s major priorities because of its enormous impact on education, health and economic development. Here in the United States, more than 30 million American adults have basic or below average literacy skills.
Thinkfinity.org is designed to improve education and literacy achievement. This comprehensive free website delivers online resources to advance student achievement. Thinkfinity delivers top-quality K-12 lesson plans, student materials, interactive tools and connections to educational web sites. It gives teachers, instructors and parents the tools they need to increase student performance. More information is available at www.thinkfinity.org.