Advancing equality.

By: Donna M Navedo Sexton
Manager-Corporate Communications

Creating a more equal and equitable community through volunteerism.

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In the month of June, we observe major milestones in the journey to equality and equity. June 19th, referred to as Juneteenth, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. Pride Month recognizes the impact that LGBTQ+ individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. Immigrant Heritage Month celebrates the extraordinary contributions that immigrants have made — and continue to make — every day in the U.S.

These are all powerful moments in our culture that dig deeper into issues of equality, honoring those who fought for it, and making a difference in our local and global communities, as those who identify as or are allies to each of these historically marginalized groups.

We encourage you to learn more about each of these historic moments, get involved in one of our ERGs like PRISM and become actively involved in any of our volunteer opportunities listed below.

Volunteer in support of racial equity.

If you are passionate about fighting for social justice and equality, join the Echoing Green’s brain trust event on June 8. Sign up by June 4. Verizon employees will be able to participate in a meaningful bi-directional learning opportunity where Echoing Green and our Fellows gain valuable expertise from the frontline leaders in the fight for deep social impact and racial equity. Verizon Media employees sign up here.

Support women leaders creating social change by working with Vital Voices team members to create concrete Action Plans that take their technology ideas and visions to life and create social change. Verizon Media employees can join Vital Voices here.

Join the Mentorship Event on June 17, as Step Up advances the lives of girls facing systemic barriers through mentorship, social-emotional learning skills, access to experiences, and a community of connections. VerizonMedia employees help challenge gender and racial inequities here.

Volunteer in support of Pride.

The Trevor Project offers peer-to-peer training to support LGBTQ youth in crisis. You will receive comprehensive training as part of this effort. Verizon Media employees sign up for the Trevor Project here.

Become a StartOut mentor for an LGBTQ+ entrepreneur. Sharing your time can be invaluable to an up-and-coming entrepreneur looking for advice on starting and managing their business. Verizon Media employees sign up for the mentorship event here.

Walk with Pride. Participate in this virtual walk and write a letter of hope to show support for those fighting the stigma of HIV, hepatitis, homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness, and poverty in the LGBTQ+ community. VzMedia employees sign up to walk here.

V Teamers, check out more events hosted by PRISM throughout the month of June.

Volunteer in support of Immigrant History.

National Partnership for New Americans is collecting stories of naturalized U.S. citizens to show the enormous impact of immigrants in the country. You can share your citizenship story to be shared on social media and help encourage those eligible to naturalize in taking that step forward. Verizon Media employees can participate here.

Many immigrants need assistance in Adult Education programs with English/ESL and GED/HiSet courses. Volunteers can assist our students as a one-on-one tutor or as classroom aid. Verizon Media employees can sign up to tutor here.

Whether you participate in any of these activities or you choose from the many events available on our volunteer portal, there are plenty of ways to help. Verizon is committed to not only showing up as a corporation but as a citizen with a responsibility to help move the world forward through action. Now that is moving the world forward for all.

Be a part of the story:

If you’re participating in our featured activities or any of the other events available in the volunteer portal, we want to hear about it.

  1. Take a photo of you and your family taking part in your chosen activity
  2. Post on social media with the hashtag #VTeam so we can connect with your activities
  3. Tag us @InsideVerizon on Twitter or Instagram
  4. And most importantly- Be safe, make a positive impact and HAVE FUN!
About the author:

Donna is part of the Corporate Employee Communications team, focused on our socially responsible business practices through Citizen Verizon's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives and the Women's CoLab.

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