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 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.” 

Verizon Stories: Adriana Dawson & 3B Thrift Shop

Jessica Crespa is the owner of 3B Thrift Shop. She moved to the mainland from Puerto Rico in 2012 with her two daughters, primarily to seek medical treatment for her oldest. Driven by her entrepreneurial spirit, Jessica enrolled in Incubadora, a 10-week Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) business education program that covers business and financial planning, marketing, and access to capital.

Following her graduation from Incubadora in December 2021, she shared that the program, “…gave me the motivation and strategies that I’ll need to launch a successful business, along with a ton of ideas on how to promote it on a budget.”

Within the past year she completed her business plan, was awarded a $5,000 SEG micro-grant to assist with 3B’s launch and held her grand opening in Cumberland, Rhode Island, on July 30th.

Verizon is proud to partner with SEG and their initiatives like Incubadora, nurturing inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems by providing support and networks for entrepreneurs committed to positive societal and economic change, just like Jessica.

Community Partnership Chat: Parents Leading for Educational Equity

Join Verizon’s Adriana Dawson in the latest installment of her Hispanic Heritage Month Community Partnership Chat series. This week, Adriana is joined by Ramona Santos Torres–Co-Founder and Executive Director of Parents Leading for Educational Equity (PLEE). Ramona has been relentless in her pursuit for education equality–leveraging the collective power of parental rights to drive decisions at all levels of the educational system. Learn how she is influencing the educational landscape in Rhode Island, and beyond, in the video below!

Community Partnership Chat: City of Pawtucket

Join Verizon’s Adriana Dawson for the next installment of her Hispanic Heritage Month Partnership Chat series with Sandra Cano, Director of Commerce for the City of Pawtucket. Sandra is a dynamic community leader working everyday to foster a vibrant business landscape throughout Pawtucket. Sandra’s commitment to propelling her community forward, especially in her role as a State Senator, is evident in the work she does to invigorate the local economy. To learn more about Sandra and the City of Pawtucket, watch their chat!

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