The Urban League Of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc. And Verizon Wireless Honor Everyday Heroes During Black History Month In Missouri

ST. LOUIS, MO. — The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc. and Verizon Wireless today announced a call for nominations for “Everyday Heroes,” a Black History Month program aimed at recognizing modern day heroes who make a difference in the community and who touch the lives of others. Everyday Heroes are the teachers, mentors, volunteers, clergy or family members who give of their time and resources in creative ways to affect change – either in the life of an individual, family, school or community.

“Here at the Urban League we touch the lives of thousands of individuals each year to help them establish their own success stories – whether assisting children or teens with their studies, or helping adults secure gainful employment,” said James H. Buford, president of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc.. “We know that the people we reach are returning to the community and sharing their own acts of philanthropy – lending their time and skills to help guide someone else through a trial or to usher them up the ladder of success. We’re excited to be partnering with Verizon Wireless to recognize the Everyday Heroes who continue on in the tradition of the Urban League.”

“Everyday Heroes is a great opportunity to express your gratitude to someone who has empowered you or inspired you through their community service,” said Brendan Fallis, president – Kansas/Missouri Region, Verizon Wireless. “We recognize the power of one person to create change and improve their surrounding environment. Everyday Heroes is an extension of our commitment to greater St. Louis, and we’re proud to partner with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, an organization that is heroic in its own right, on such a worthy program.”

To learn more, visit for full contest rules and to submit a nomination. The deadline for nominations is February 24. Twenty-five semi-finalists, plus the person who nominated them, will be invited to a Heroes’ Reception in March. Three finalists will be awarded a Motorola XOOM™ tablet and up to $500.

Everyday Heroes is another way in which Verizon Wireless is joining with African Americans to “Celebrate Your Story” during Black History Month and beyond. Beginning Feb. 1 and continuing throughout the year, the company is honoring African Americans who have made an impact on their communities and inspire those around them – from past ancestors, to current leaders and modern-day heroes in our everyday lives – and celebrating their legacy. To learn more about their stories, and the 28 ancestors who were inducted in Verizon Wireless’ “Celebrating Your Story” hero hall of fame, visit Facebook®, Twitter™ and YouTube, at:

About the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc. Established in 1918, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc., seeks to empower African Americans and others throughout the region in securing economic self-reliance, social equality and civil rights through five strategic priorities: Economic Empowerment, Educational Quality and Equality, Meeting Families’ Basic Needs, Civic Engagement and Social Justice, Sustainable Quality Services. For more information, visit

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 94 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 82,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, Nasdaq: VOD). For more information, visit To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at