This V Teamer rides to a crisis.

By: Sara J Wetli
Employee Communications Manager | Copywriter | Editor

An epic motorcycle challenge raises money and awareness for COVID-weary communities.

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Tom Furman loves a good challenge. The Morristown, New Jersey Verizon Business client partner has climbed mountains, run marathons and completed long-distance motorcycle rides in Thailand and the Himalayan mountains. In August he set two new goals for himself: 1) Complete a certified Iron Butt Association (IBA) motorcycle ride by visiting all 48 contiguous states in ten days and 2) Raise $3,000 for the Salvation Army to support their COVID-19 relief efforts.

Fundraising goal: met. In fact, Tom’s supporters, along with Verizon Foundation matching, contributed over $7,000 to the Salvation Army. According to the hunger relief organization Feeding America, 35 million people experienced food insecurity in 2019. In 2020, the number could be as high as 50 million. The Salvation Army provides over 56 million meals annually through food pantries, meal programs and community gardens.

Motorcycle ride goal: Did Tom finish the ride and meet the IBA criteria? Watch the video to hear him describe his inspiring journey and the down-to-wire finish.

There is still time to double charitable donations you’ve made to eligible nonprofit organizations in 2020. Visit the Verizon Foundation website and submit your matching requests now.

If Tom’s story inspires you to volunteer, search the Volunteer Portal for thousands of virtual opportunities. Through Citizen Verizon, our plan for economic, environmental and social advancement, Verizon volunteers offer their time and skills across our three focus areas of digital inclusion, climate protection and human prosperity.

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About the author:

Sara creates employee communications for 30,000 Verizon Business Group V Teamers, including Verizon Connect, Public Sector and support teams. My responsibilities range from publishing "Behind the Business" and other employee newsletters to video script writing and editing, intranet stories, leader communications, editorial services for other teams, and email distribution via the eCRM.

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