More reason than ever.

By: Jessica Bonardi

Amidst a challenging year, V Teamers find so much to be thankful for.

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On today’s Up To Speed, hosts Matt Fiedler and Jess Bonardi shared the following updates:

A season of gratitude

The holiday season is always a time of giving thanks. Members of our V Team family made it clear that this is especially true for them this year.

Daniel Soria, a Solution Specialist in Kingwood, TX, is thankful because Verizon not only matched his $1,000 donation to his community church, but also contributed an additional $750 for his 50+ volunteer hours. The donations will be used for scholarships, school supplies and to help local families in need.

“During times like these, such contributions truly help in making a difference,” said Pastor Ruben of Pueblo’s Church. “We thank God for Verizon’s generosity and in giving back to the community. We’re very proud of Daniel and very thankful for everything Verizon has been able to do in cooperation with him.”

Mike Tulanko, Senior Trainer of Learning and Development from Cincinnati, OH, is thankful for his boss, Tracy Milo, who helped him get through his COVID-19 diagnosis with support, perspective and understanding.

DeOnna Barruzza, Solutions Manager from Addison, IL, is thankful for her rockstar husband, who’s been home helping the kids with e-learning.

Brian Adamek, Manager of Program/Project Management in Basking Ridge, NJ, is grateful to work for a company that invests in its employees and makes a positive impact on the world.

Amber Nakamura, Solutions Manager from Aurora, CO, is thankful for her strength, which continues to give her an optimistic view of life despite the uncertainty around us.

Greg Musantry, Solutions Manager from Grand Prairie, TX, is grateful for his fur babies, who bring him unconditional joy and love.

Trever Nelson, Indirect Sales Account Manager, Fargo, ND, is thankful for his amazing wife, who is not only a surgery nurse but also a dedicated mom to their 11-month-old and five-year-old kiddos.

Thanks to all for sharing these heartfelt messages with us.

‘Tis the season

One way of showing thanks to your teammates, family and friends is with a gift. Starting this tomorrow, we’ll have fantastic holiday promos running throughout our stores and on the web. Make sure to check out all of the deals to find the perfect present for those special people in your life.

Chance to be in the spotlight

There’s still time for you to be a part this year’s Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Livestream. For a chance to be featured in Verizon's Virtual Spotlight during the parade, upload a picture of your family on Twitter using #VerizonLive and #MacysParade. Can’t wait to see you all this Thursday.

Giving back

While we give thanks for what we have, we also think about those who are less fortunate. This year, Verizon is partnering with Feeding America to give you the opportunity to complete a touchless donation to your local food bank or participate in a hunger walk. Be sure to check out the volunteer portal for more information.

Our thanks to you

Finally, as the holiday shopping season ramps up, we want to thank all of the V Teamers whowho will be serving our customers this holiday week and the rest of the year.

Until next time, you’re up to speed.

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