Anne Harrienger puts her lunch hour to good use -- helping out at her kid's school and earning grant money from the Verizon Foundation

For the past two years, Anne Harrienger, a senior analyst in our Consumer and Mass Markets organization, has been spending her lunch hours monitoring the lunch room at Immaculate Heart Central Primary School in Watertown, N.Y.  She found out about the Verizon Foundation Matching Gifts Program from a colleague who volunteers for the Parent Teacher Organization, and her boss, who volunteers with the Boy Scouts.

Because Anne volunteers at least 50 hours annually with the school, the Verizon Foundation donates $750 to the organization.  Harrienger says Principal Gary West is always overwhelmed and so grateful when the $750 grant from Verizon arrives in the mail. 

The last grant the school received went toward a new reading program and the purchase of books for training the teachers. 

Harrienger has helped the school in many other ways − putting up a swing set on the weekends; coordinating the Secret Santa program during the holidays; working at the Annual Book Fair; and being a room mother. 

“I have been with Verizon for 25 years and the company has been nothing but good to me,” Harrienger said. “My mom, sister and cousin all retired from Verizon.  It has been a gift to me to have this job.”

Her small town has a little more than 27,000 residents, and Verizon is a top employer in the area.

To learn more about the Volunteer Matching Gifts program and how to submit your hours and/or matching gift request, log on to

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