For the Highlands Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6902, the impact of Superstorm Sandy still lingers more than a year later. The post’s hall, located at 331 Bay Ave., sustained severe flood damage from the storm and continues to recover.To mark Veteran’s Day, the VFW hall’s renovation got a boost on Friday, November 8 through a special volunteer project organized by the Verizon Foundation, Scripps Networks Interactive and Rebuilding Together that will include a special appearance by interior designer Tiffany Brooks, winner of this season’s HGTV Star.
More than 30 volunteers from Verizon, Scripps Networks Interactive, Rebuilding Together and the local community painted interior walls and railings, handicap ramps and front steps at the building’s entrance. They also replaced damaged ceiling tiles in the hall, removed weeds and cleared debris from around the property.Local officials, including Highlands Mayor Frank Nolan, Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone were there to thank volunteers for their efforts.
“Superstorm Sandy affected everyone in New Jersey in some way, and this project gives our employees an opportunity to get involved with the community and to get the Highlands VFW back into shape,” said Jayne Mayer, Verizon Foundation employee engagement director. “This partnership with Scripps Networks Interactive and Rebuilding Together also allows us to give back to the veterans who have proudly served our country.”
Scripps Networks Interactive, whose media brands include HGTV and DIY Network, is a leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television, the Internet and emerging platforms. Rebuilding Together is a non-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding homes and communities nationwide. As of October, hard-working Rebuilding Together affiliates in New Jersey and New York have completed more than 250 projects, assisting more than 435 individuals, thanks to the help of more than 3,100 volunteers.
Annette L. Brun, vice president, cause marketing and social responsibility for Scripps Networks Interactive, said: “Even one year after Superstorm Sandy, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. It’s a blessing to communities like Highlands to have organizations like Rebuilding Together and Verizon volunteer their time and resources to help bring residents of this beautiful seaside community some much needed relief. HGTV and DIY Network are proud to be part of this effort.”Read more...
This month, educators from the Long Branch Middle School headed to the New Jersey Education Association's annual conference in Atlantic City to discuss how mobile technology can maximize STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) learning. This STEM program was funded by the Verizon Foundation as part of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program. Verizon is a sponsor of the convention's High Tech Hall and the Verizon Thinkfinity Classroom.
New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF), the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women (NJCBW) and officials from Verizon Wireless at 180 - Turning Lives Around in Hazlet joined hands Oct. 10 with a common goal: Increasing public awareness of local domestic violence programs and services, especially for those affected by Superstorm Sandy.
The Verizon Foundation has donated to $100,000 to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund to aid the dozens of businesses that faced additional setbacks from Superstorm Sandy recovery because of the devastating boardwalk fire in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights.
With the memories of Superstorm Sandy still raw for many New Jerseyans, representatives from the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Verizon gathered on Sept. 27 with Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop to stress the importance of disaster preparedness, emergency communications and volunteerism. The officials also detailed the tools available to help people prepare for emergencies or disasters.
Verizon is pleased to announce that John P. Szeliga, External Affairs Field Director, has been named the 2013 Citizen of the Year by the Woodbridge New Jersey Metro Chamber of Commerce. Szeliga was selected for the Chamber's highest honor based on his exemplary leadership and outstanding service to the Chamber and to the community at large.
The Verizon Foundation, in partnership with the Technology Student Association, has opened the 2013-2014 Innovative App Challenge, giving middle and high school students across the country a chance to develop a concept for a mobile app and bring it to market.Read more...
Volunteers recently came together at Newark's Weequahic High School and Chancellor Avenue Elementary School to plant 27 trees.
The NFL, along with the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl XLVIII host committee, The New Jersey Tree Foundation and Verizon have partnered to plant trees around the area.
This spring, Verizon announced a $100 million investment in a solar and fuel-cell energy project that will help power 19 of its facilities in seven states across the country. When completed next year, the project will enable Verizon to annually generate more than 70 million kilowatt hours of its own green energy—enough to power more than 6,000 single-family homes a year. It will also eliminate more than 10,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide— enough to offset the annual carbon dioxide emissions from consuming more than 1 million gallons of gas.
In tough economic times like these, people who hover below or just above the poverty line are hurting the most. Every dollar means a lot. It’s for people like those that Verizon’s Communication Lifeline service is available in New Jersey.
Communications Lifeline offers eligible consumers a service package that includes discounted residential phone service, including Touch-Tone service, ranging from zero to $1.95 per month; opportunities to add optional features, like Caller ID, Three-Way Calling, and more; and a choice of three different local service options.Read more...
Verizon Community Update, the online newsletter of Verizon New Jersey, is designed to advise and inform leaders throughout New Jersey about the programs and initiatives undertaken to support and strengthen communities throughout the state. Please feel free to contact us with your comments.
Donnett Barnet-Verley, Editor