NEW YORK, Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Three international nonprofit organizations will each receive a $50,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation as a result of the company's first Spirit of the Season employee-participation campaign, which ran from Nov. 26 to Dec. 14.
As a way to provide much-needed resources to communities around the globe, the Verizon Foundation invited employees to choose one of three nonprofit organizations that most resonated with them and were consistent with the foundation's focus on health care, education and sustainability – the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Save the Children and the World Wildlife Fund. The foundation committed to award a grant of up to $50,000 to each of the organizations, based on employee participation.
Verizon employees from around the world joined the Spirit of the Season online campaign, with nearly 19,000 employees participating in the first week. As a result, each organization received the maximum grant.
"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 health care, education and sustainability."The organizations will use the grants for the following programs:
- U.S. Fund for UNICEF -- To support the organization's efforts to reach a day when no child dies from preventable causes and every child has a healthy childhood. The organization works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children's lives – providing health care, clean water, emergency relief, vaccination, education and more. For more information, view US Fund for UNICEF's video on ZERO ( http://vz.to/QXPiry).
- Save the Children -- To provide quality early childhood education to give children an early start. The organization works in more than 120 countries to create lasting, positive change in the lives of children by providing families and communities with the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty. For more information, view Save the Children's video of two preschoolers ( http://vz.to/QXPS8B).
- The World Wildlife Fund -- To support a project in a rural part of China that is heavily populated by pandas. The project is aimed at preserving the pandas' natural habitat by providing fuel-efficient cook stoves to the local population, thus reducing the massive amount of wood that is collected for use as fuel for cooking. The wildlife fund, the world's leading conservation organization, has been protecting endangered species and their habitats for more than 50 years, helping local communities conserve natural resources, and working to reduce the impacts of environmental threats. For more information, view World Wildlife Fund's Cookstoves Project in the Panda Landscape ( http://vz.to/QXQqvk).