Corporate Spotlight: Verizon


Verizon employees help create super hero capes in their Basking Ridge, NJ office in July 2014.

Verizon’s robust Corporate Service Responsibility programs and volunteer initiatives engage all of their employees in meaningful service. The company decided to take a unique approach to accommodate their call center employees, who are critical to Verizon’s operations and have limited flexibility to leave their desks for extended periods of time. Since March, Verizon has delivered a successful solution to engage these employees: bringing volunteer projects that can be completed in 15 minutes or less right into break rooms.

From decorating super hero capes for children’s hospitals to creating ready to plant tree sapling kits donated to public schools, these employees are able to create significant change in a short period of time, right in the comfort of their office. With a project every month, reflecting one of Verizon’s impact areas, over 1,500 volunteers have participated in these events, creating items for well-deserving students, veterans, teachers, and more. “Our employees are thrilled to participate every month and they have learned even more about Verizon’s work in the community,” said Samantha Yakal-Kremski, manager of employee engagement for Verizon. “Our employees contribute to this good work and our business, the community, and our employees all mutually benefit from these engagement opportunities.”

Corporate Corners

Being recent college graduates,  volunteers from the Verizon Leadership Development Program had a lot of college advice to share with high school students from Newark. Volunteers taught students everything from surviving freshman year of college to getting the most out of your resume.  Students were also given the opportunity to ask volunteers about all the ins and outs of college life. Thank you, Verizon, for letting these Newark students get a glimpse of life after high school.

Corporate Corners

BASF Volunteers know how to turn a wintery afternoon into a sunny day. In preparation for a sunny and early spring, volunteers helped children assemble crafts that celebrate the environment and painted spring inspired murals for the walls of the center. Thank you BASF volunteers for preparing your community for spring.