The Verizon Foundation has announced 2011 grants totaling more than $66 million to nonprofit organizations nationwide working to advance education, health care, domestic violence prevention, and sustainability initiatives.
Grant recipients included the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, whose Violence Prevention Advocates Program educates and trains students, faculty, and staff about specific relationship violence prevention techniques; the Bancroft School at Voorhees Pediatric Facility, in Vorhees, New Jersey, which offers a distance-learning program that provides children and young adults suffering from developmental disabilities or brain injuries with access to learning experiences otherwise not accessible to them; Passion for Learning in Silver Spring, Maryland, which operates an innovative afterschool Dig.Lit program for more than a hundred at-risk students at five Montgomery County public schools; and Jersey Battered Women's Services, which received funding for a psycho-educational program that includes group education and counseling services to help batterers identify their abusive behavior, take responsibility for it, and develop new non-abusive skills.
In addition, Verizon employees in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and New Jersey volunteered more than 124,000 hours during the year. Nonprofit groups that had an employee volunteer at least fifty hours received an additional $750 grant from the foundation.
"Through strategic grants and partnerships with nonprofit organizations...Verizon is using the innovative power of our technology to address critical social issues affecting our communities," said Dennis M. Bone, president of the telecommunications company's New Jersey division. "We are proud to be a positive force for change for those with the greatest needs."