Verizon & Mission Tomorrow

Verizon was a proud sponsor for the Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s signature event, Mission Tomorrow. Over the span of two days, 12,000 of the region’s eighth graders explored a wide variety of potential career pathways in high-demand industries through a series of interactive activities and discussions with over 150 area businesses.

At Verizon’s exhibitor booth, students witnessed the strength of Verizon’s 5G connection while playing their favorite games on the Xbox game console. They learned about the 5G network and different types of modems used for connectivity. The students were also immersed in virtual reality through Oculus headsets and experienced the virtual museum Smithsonian exhibit.

Get a glimpse of the incredible event and Verizon’s participation below!

Verizon’s Matt Ogburn tries out the Oculus headset with attendees!
Verizon was proud to showcase the strength of its 5G connectivity through the Oculus headset!

Community Partnership Chat: Homefront Military Network

Join Verizon’s Josh Miller for a discussion with Kate Hatten, Executive Director of Homefront Military Network. Homefront Military Network serves the Veteran community through a comprehensive set of services designed to allow veterans to thrive. The organziation connects military service members, veterans and their families to resources provided by trusted community partners. To learn more about how Homefront Military Network faced a complexity of needs brought on by the pandemic, their overall mission, and what they are excited to in the future, watch their conversation!

Affordable Connectivity Program: Rudy Reyes PSA

Verizon’s Rudy Reyes is proud to provide a public service announcement on Verizon’s Affordable Connectivity Program–known simply as the “ACP.” In an age when internet connectivity is a necessity, Verizon is proud to make the Affordable Connectivity Program subsidy available to eligible customers.

At a time when low income families in particular are struggling to keep up with increasing costs for everything from gas, to electricity and groceries, thanks to the ACP, those families have options to stay connected to broadband. To learn more, watch the video with Verizon’s Rudy Reyes, below!

VIP Series: The Northside Trap Run

Verizon was proud to support The Northside Trap Run–a revolutionary 5K experiencing blending hip-hop and community engagement. This family friendly walk/run event is hosted by Young Friends of the Ville, a committee of Northside Community Housing, Inc. The run highlights the often-overlooked beauty of communities throughout St. Louis.

Verizon is proud to support organizations that find innovative ways to engage and enrich their local communities. To learn more about the Trap Run, how it got started, and the role it plays in the greater community, watch the video!

Community Partnership Chat: CIELO Fund at the Inland Empire Foundation

Join Verizon’s Erica Jacquez as she chats with Jesse Melgar, Founding Fund Chair for the CIELO Fund at the Inland Empire Foundation. The two discussed how Jesse’s background led him on a lifelong pursuit of uplifting the Inland Empire. The CIELO–translating to “sky” or “heaven” in Spanish–fund recognizes the dreams and aspirations of the Inland Empire’s Latino Community. It supports Latino nonprofits doing impactful work on the ground to enrich the community. To learn more about Jesse, the CIELO Fund, and why Verizon is so proud to support their mission, watch the video!

Community Partnership Chat: Mayor Maria Rivera of Central Falls, RI

Join Verizon’s Adriana Dawson in the final installement of her Hispanic Heritage Month Community Partnership Chat, as she is joined by Mayor Maria Rivera, Mayor of Central Falls, Rhode Island–the first Latina Mayor in the whole state of Rhode Island. The two discussed Mayor Rivera’s political trajectory, and how her passion for helping people led her to take official office. Under Mayor Rivera’s leadership, Central Falls has flourished, and her innate dedication to her contituents and beyond is evident in all she does.

To learn more about Mayor Rivera, and the city of Central Falls, watch the video below!

VIP Series: Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)

Immerse yourself in the rich history and awe-inspiring art collection at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), based in Long Beach, California. MOLAA is the only Museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino Art. Today, the permanent exhibition features over 1,300 works of art.

MOLAA enriches the surrounding community not only through the robust art collection, but also through stimulating community cultural events and comprehensive educational programs. To learn more about Verizon’s Partnership with MOLAA and the incredible role the Museum plays in the community, watch the video!

Verizon Stories: TELACU

For SGA members Sophia Garcia and Erica Jacquez, the connection to The East Los Angeles Education Community Union (TELACU) Foundation is personal. 

TELACU has been transforming educational outcomes for thousands of first-generation students from under-resourced communities since 1968 and has been a pillar of excellence for the Latinx community.

SGA member Sophia Garcia noted “I am incredibly grateful to TELACU for investing in my future to turn my dream college, Pepperdine University, into a reality. It’s an honor to be among such an esteemed group of TELACU scholars and I remain committed to continuing to pay it forward as they have done for generations.”

Erica Jacquez remarked ““TELACU is more than a community foundation scholarship and exemplary Latino leadership; they are my family. As a first-generation student, the Lizárraga’s supported me in pursuing my Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Doctoral Degree from USC.”

For Priscilla (Senior Vice President) and David Lizárraga (Founder & Chairman), the most rewarding aspect of their work is providing necessary education to make a lasting impact in the communities they serve. Verizon is proud to support TELACU’s commitment to Latino excellence, particularly through their stem education and Business Initiative.

To learn more about TELACU, check out Rudy Reyes’ interview with Patricia Lizárraga, Senior Vice President, and David Lizárraga, Founder & Chairman, below!

Gridiron Giving: Tackling Hunger in Arizona & Louisiana

Verizon is excited to support a little friendly competition with the Arizona Cardinals and the New Orleans Saints ahead of their game on Thursday, October 20, 2022. Between now and kick off, both teams will be raising money for local food banks to help tackle food insecurity in their communities.

Far too many Americans struggle to put food on the table. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), 34 million people—including 9 million children—identify as food insecure. In Arizona, that translates into 1 in 9 people experiencing food insecurity. In Louisiana, that number is 1 in 7.

Join your favorite team to see who can raise the most funds before October 20. Every donation helps.

To learn more about the campaign and to donate to a foodbank to support your favorite team, visit www.gridirongiving.com today.

Verizon Stories: Mario Acosta-Velez & The Latino Student Fund

Feeling isolated in the midst of the pandemic, graduating senior Stephanie Duque turned to the Latino Student Fund (LSF) for out of school enrichment, professional opportunities, and assistance through the college application process.

LSF is a Washington, DC based organization that is committed to providing year-round, out-of-school-time programs for low-income, at-risk students and their families with the goal of increasing levels of educational attainment in the community.

Stephanie remarked “Living through a very isolating pandemic, this program was able to help me feel connected to my peers and provided opportunities we don’t always have as students of color. As a graduating senior I’m grateful to have had the LSF guide me with the next steps for my education with the support of Verizon.”

Verizon is proud to partner with LSF in pursuit of more robust educational opportunities for students. As LSF President and CEO Maria Fernanda Borja remarked, “the LSF has always known that moving a community forward shouldn’t just be on the shoulders of our future generation of leaders, but should be accomplished when children and adults can come together to improve their environment.” 

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