December 17, 2012 | Volunteer Spotlight
Verizon Employees' Choose to Deliver Grants of $150,000 In First-Ever Spirit of the Season Campaign
In First-Ever 'Spirit of the Season' Campaign Employee's Choose to Deliver Grants to Save the Children, US Fund for UNICEF and World Wildlife Fund
Verizon Employees' choices counted over the past three weeks and will give three worthy international non-profit organizations a $50,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation as a result of the company's first-ever 'Spirit of the Season' online campaign.
"The Spirit of the Season campaign symbolizes Verizon's commitment to shared success," said Jayne Mayer, director of employee engagement for the Verizon Foundation. "The campaign was launched to engage our employees, involving them directly in our efforts to make communities around the world better than they were yesterday. It also demonstrates our commitment to addressing critical societal needs in healthcare, education and energy management.
From Nov. 26 to Dec. 14, Verizon employees were encouraged to choose one of three global programs that resonated with them and the Foundations' focus on education, healthcare and energy management. Based on employee's selection the Foundation divided a total of $150,000 among three international non-profit organizations - Save the Children, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and the World Wildlife Fund - each will receive a $50,000 grant from the foundation. Employees in every part of the business participated, with more than 25,000 employees in company locations around the world taking action in less than a week.
Hector Rodarte, a finance supervisor in Folsom, Calif., thought the campaign was "an awesome company initiative....I am proud of working for a corporation like Verizon who does this for employees."
Luciana Bonifacio-Sette of Save the Children said "When employees choose one of the Save the Children programs during the Spirit of the Season campaign, they chose to support a bright future for millions of children. This grant will help Save the Children provide quality basic, early-childhood education and literacy programs, as well as school health and nutrition programs. These programs help kids get an early start on learning and ensure they stay healthy so they can remain in school."
Kevin P. Nelson of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF said, "Thanks to Verizon employee's generous support, UNICEF can continue to save and improve children's lives around the world. We are grateful to be participants in this year's Spirit of the Season campaign."
Emily Kelton of World Wildlife Fund said, “We are excited to participate in this year’s Spirit of the Season campaign and grateful that Verizon employees chose to support World Wildlife Fund’s important project. Your generous contribution will help improve the lives of people and pandas while reducing deforestation and the resulting greenhouse gas emissions.”
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