Verizon Grants to Help 48 New England Domestic Violence Prevention Organizations Expand Programs

Forty-eight New England nonprofits received a boost for their domestic violence prevention efforts from the Verizon Foundation and Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program on Thursday, Sept. 25.

At a pre-game ceremony at Fenway Park, representatives from the Verizon Foundation presented leaders from the region’s six statewide domestic violence coalitions with $280,000 in grants to benefit local non-profit organizations that provide programs and support for domestic violence prevention. These grants help educate teens about healthy relationships, increase training for first responders and medical professionals, and augment vital support services for survivors and their families.

Massachusetts and Rhode Island Set To Rock With FiOS Quantum TV

What’s wrong with the Red Sox? How is it possible that they have gone from World Series Champions last year to one of the worst teams in baseball this year? Well, if you’re inclined, as I am, to watch nearly every game, it’s clear that this is NOT the same team. And if you’re not able to watch nearly every game, but wish you could, I have some terrific news for you today. You can record and watch about 60-70 games and go back and watch them whenever you’d like with a new service we are launching in Massachusetts and Rhode Island today.

It’s called FiOS TV Quantum and it will change your TV viewing experience forever.

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Verizon Foundation Invites New England Nonprofits to Apply for Domestic VIolence Solutions Grants

The Verizon Foundation is inviting nonprofit agencies in New England to apply for a total of $250,000 in grants through a Request for Proposal to support domestic violence prevention and service programs. Through the 2014 Verizon Foundation New England Domestic Violence Solutions Awards program, nonprofits will compete for grants of up to $10,000 to support domestic violence prevention and service initiatives.                                                                                                                                                                                           

In 2014, we will be looking to partner with nonprofits in specific program areas including:

  • Domestic Violence Victim Services: programs that provide survivors with resources that enable them to continue treatment and recovery. Examples include medical health services (physical and mental), legal services, awareness and preventions services, financial literacy workshops, and job-readiness training.
  • Engaging Men: programs that engage men as advocates and community leaders and/or educate men about awareness and prevention.
  • Health & Wellness – First Responders: programs that educate health care professionals and first responders on screening, and treating cases of DV.
  • Young Adults: programs that address healthy relationships among teens and young adults, including programs which address the impact of technology on dating violence

The Verizon Foundation is focused on helping survivors of domestic violence and raising awareness of this often silent epidemic.  We know you also care about this issue and appreciate your leadership in advocating for people affected by domestic violence.   For more information on the RFP or Verizon Foundation’s investment, please go to:

Rhode Island Coffee Shop Is Chock Full O’ FiOS

Sure, his coffee’s great. But Dave Levesque doesn’t need caffeine to get him energized. He has four coffee shops in Rhode Island and the power of FiOS to keep him going strong. Dave owns Brewed Awakenings Coffee Shops, with locations in Cranston, Wakefield, and two in Johnston and soon a fifth to open in Warwick. And he insists that FiOS TV, Internet, and voice services be provided in every one of them. – See more at:


Green Energy for a White Covered New England

Verizon recently installed 3,120 solar panels at its data center at 41 Alexander Road in Billerica. The panels cover about two acres of land and will save about 1.5 million kilowatt hours annually. The energy conservation project removes about 1,025 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year.  That’s equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of 214 cars annually.  The project will save Verizon about $175,000 in energy costs annually. – See more at:

Inventors’ Best Friend: Lynn, MA Company Helps Bring Patent Applications to Life

Time is money. Bob Bond knows that business axiom as well as anyone. That’s why when it was time to grow his business, he turned to Verizon FiOS for his Internet service.

Bob owns a patent illustration, graphic design, and photography business in a recently restored old brick building in downtown Lynn, Massachusetts. His team of professional illustrators, designers and photographers work seven days a week, turning out high-quality images that must get to his clients immediately. As the business grew, so did Bob’s reliance of an Internet service that could not only give him fast reliable download speeds but more importantly, fast, reliable upload speeds. He had FiOS installed and he says “I don’t know what slow is anymore.” – See more at:

FiOS Surprises & Delights in Raynham, MA

Coletti’s grocery store in Raynham, Massachusetts, is a time warp back to the 1970s. It’s the place where neighbors go to pick up a quick carton of milk or a large Italian sub, a first aid kit or a glue stick, a paint brush or a snow brush.  Double A batteries, wool caps, and masking tape compete for space on a peg board hanging above the candy rack. If you’re from Raynham, you know Coletti’s.

That’s why Verizon representatives camped out there on a recent weekend, picking up the grocery bills for 10 lucky patrons who learned a little about the newest neighbor in town—FiOS.

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Verizon teams up with Patriots for kids’ health


It’s a safe bet that kids understand the importance of staying healthy and getting plenty of exercise. But to drive home the point, a group of New England Patriots players recently visited a Massachusetts elementary school and put them to the test with the NFL PLAY 60 challenge.

The gymnasium at the Elm Street School in Walpole, Massachusetts was the scene of a 60-minute “ultimate physical education class” consisting of a number of fitness drills where students demonstrated their skills for Patriots players Ryan Allen, Danny Amendola, Duron Harmon, Ryan Mallett, Devin McCourty, and Matthew Slater, along with Patriots chairman Robert Kraft.

The NFL Play 60 event was one of several sponsored by Verizon in partnership with the NFL. Similar events were held at NFL Play 60 Super Schools in Baltimore, New York, and Washington, D.C. The events, designed to help address childhood obesity, encourage youths to stay healthy by staying in school, eating right, and getting at least 60 minutes of exercise each day.

Verizon New England executive Allison Cole offered encouragement to the students. “As a longstanding partner in the communities in which we operate, we are proud to champion NFL PLAY 60 Super Schools with NFL Network and the Patriots,” said Cole. “We know what the power of motivation and inspiration can be for kids, and we hope that today’s event, and this entire program, will help you kids get excited about Physical Education and getting fit and healthy.”

Verizon presented a $10,000 youth health and wellness grant to each school. The schools were chosen based on wellness essays submitted by students. Some 3,200 schools registered for this year’s program, now in its fourth year.

Click here for a photo gallery of the event.


Jane Doe Inc. honors Boston Mayor and Mrs. Menino for commitment to domestic violence survivors and victims

Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault, honored Boston Mayor Thomas M. and Mrs. Angela F. Menino with the Delahunt Award for Extraordinary Public Service at a Building A Safer World reception on November 21 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston.   Personally and professionally, Mayor and Mrs. Menino have been lifelong advocates for the safety, dignity, and liberty of victims and survivors of sexual violence, domestic assault and stalking.  
Stephanie Lee, of Verizon government affairs and the Jane Doe board of directors, presented children’s books to be donated in honor of the Meninos to FINEX House.   Verizon was a sponsor of the event, and has been a long time partner of the organization.   From left to right: Chris Womendez, executive director of FINEX House, Stephanie Lee, Verizon government affairs manager and Jane Doe board member, Congressman Bill Delahunt, Mayor Tom Menino, and First Lady Angela Menino.

Verizon Foundation Awards $335,000 In Grants To New England Domestic Violence Nonprofits During Boston Red Sox Pre-Game Ceremony at Fenway Park


The Verizon Foundation was proud to award $335,000 to 42 New England-based non-profit organizations providing domestic violence solutions programs. Christine Berberich, New England President of Verizon Wireless, presented the donation to leaders of New England’s six statewide domestic violence coalitions, during the pre-game ceremonies at Fenway Park. From left to right: Christine Berberich, New England President of Verizon Wireless; Karen Jarmoc, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Mary R. Lauby, Jane Doe Inc; Julia Colpitts, Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence; Lyn Schollett, New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence; Deb DeBare, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and Chani Waterhouse, Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

These grants will help educate teens about healthy relationships, increase training for first responders and medical professionals, and augment vital support services for survivors and their families. 

“Verizon has a long history of using its technology and financial resources to invest in programs that help survivors of domestic violence rebuild their lives while raising awareness of the issue,” said Christine Berberich, New England Region President for Verizon Wireless. “The New England coalitions and their member nonprofits do critical work each day to prevent violence while advocating for the rights and safety of survivors. Verizon is proud to support their heroic efforts.”   

The Verizon Foundation New England Domestic Violence Solutions Awards focus on programs that support the health and wellness of families affected by domestic violence; provide training to first responders/health care professionals to safely screen for domestic violence; engage men to take action to prevent domestic violence; educate teens on healthy relationships; and provide workforce development and entrepreneurship training for survivors.

For more than a decade, Verizon has been a champion of ending domestic violence through its various business units and its philanthropic foundation, investing more than $50 million in grants to domestic violence prevention organizations and shelters since 2000. Verizon supports a broad range of programs that include:

  • Training healthcare practitioners and first responders about screening for signs of abuse;
  • Engaging men as role models and advocates for prevention;
  • Educating teens about preventing dating violence; and
  • Allowing all Verizon Wireless customers to easily connect with domestic violence resources by dialing #4673 (#HOPE).      

Verizon became the first wireless carrier in the nation to collect and recycle no-longer-used cell phones. HopeLine® from Verizon puts the nation’s most reliable network to work in the community by turning no-longer used cell phones into support for domestic violence victims and survivors. The program recycles used cell phones, batteries and accessories, and uses the funds generated to donate phones, airtime and funding to domestic violence agencies. Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 10 million phones, properly disposed of 2.1 million no-longer-used wireless phones, and provided more than $18.1 million in cash grants to domestic violence organizations nationwide.