Verizon partners with Minnesota Technology Association to create tech career pathways in Minneapolis


Verizon announces a $100,000 award to the Minnesota Technology Association (MnTech) for its youth and young adult workforce development program in Minneapolis. MnTech will provide underserved communities in Minneapolis with a clear pathway to well-paying technology careers.

The partnership is part of the Verizon Forward Community Enhancement Award, a $1 million national initiative equipping communities with the tools to navigate an increasingly technological world. Through culturally competent coaching and apprenticeships, the program will support access to technology fields for high school students and other young adults.

CompTIAs Cyberstates report predicts that Minnesota will need approximately 90,000 new technologists in the next 10 years to meet industry demand.1Through culturally competent coaching and apprenticeships, the program will support access to technology fields for high school students and other young adults.

We are grateful for Verizons generous investment in building the digitally skilled workforce needed to fuel the success of Minnesotas innovation economy, said Jeff Tollefson, MnTechs President & CEO. This gift will help open doors of opportunity for countless youth in Minneapolis.

For over 30 years, MnTech has nurtured innovation and inclusion in the tech community, enabling Minnesota businesses, professionals, and communities to thrive.

The Community Enhancement Award reflects Verizons commitment to advancing digital literacy and inclusion in the communities we serve, said Tony Lewis, Vice President of Public Policy for Verizon. We are committed to listening to and meeting communities where they are by partnering with innovative organizations, such as Minnesota Technology Association, to ensure communities have the digital skills and tools they need to thrive in a rapidly evolving digital economy.

Verizons small business partnerships are part of the companys goal to support one million small businesses to succeed in the digital economy by 2030. Through its free platform Small Business Digital Ready (SBDR), Verizon fosters inclusive growth across the country including reaching over 56,000 business owners in 2023.

This effort is also part of Citizen Verizon, Verizons responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social advancement. Programs like this build on the companys goals of preparing 500,000 individuals for jobs of the future, providing 10 million young people with digital skills, and supporting one million small businesses with resources to succeed in the digital economy. To learn more about Verizons Digital Inclusion efforts, visit

Verizon commissions mural in Boston as part of #ACallForKindness


Verizon is spreading kindness in Boston, thanks to a partnership with local artist, Ben Jundanian to paint a custom mural at 1250 Massachusetts Ave. It’s all part of Verizon’s national #ACallForKindness campaign, which aims to make the world a kinder place, one act at a time.

“I have been painting cityscapes for the past ten years, taking the streets and neighborhoods and adding my own imaginative twist. I find that each place has its own personality and I try to emphasize the special nature of each place I depict,” said Ben Jundanian. “In this image I wanted to capture the character of Dorchester and the kindness of the community through my illustration. I am so excited to partner with Verizon’s #ACallForKindness and Dorchester Brewing Company to bring some kindness and life to a community I love so much!”

You can learn more about the artist and see his other murals on Instagram: @benjundanian.

Celebrating kindness through art

Verizon continues to spread kindness, one mural at a time, as it partners with local artists in cities across the country.

So far, we’ve completed more than 30 murals across the country. You can check out murals in Chicago, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Lexington, Madison, Nashville, NoLa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh, Riverside, CA, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C.

s in choosing kindness

Take the kindness pledge at, where you’ll find a number of options for kind acts. Click “Count Me In” and share your act of kindness using the hashtag #ACallForKindness. Tag three friends to spread the word.

Download and share Kind Cards that feature an act of kindness you can do today to make a difference. New Kind Cards are added each month so you’ll always have fresh cards to share.

Visit a Kindness mural in your neighborhood, scan the QR code and post a selfie with it on social media using the #ACallForKindness hashtag with the kind act you plan on performing.

Tell your employer to join the movement. We’re looking for more partners to help make the world a kinder place.

About the campaign

The #ACallForKindness campaign started in October 2020 with the goal of reminding everyone that we’re all in this together, and a little kindness goes a long way. Since then, we’ve shared a study on the state of kindness in America, and teamed up with two brothers walking across the country to raise money for restaurant workers and spread kindness; and recently launched our Fuel The Love campaign, surprising drivers at local gas stations with free tanks of gas.

To join the movement and learn more about #ACallForKindness campaign, visit

Verizon Frontline connects first responders battling wildfires nationwide


  • The Verizon Frontline Response Team has deployed nearly 1,000 Verizon Frontline solutions to wildland firefighters in 18 states this year alone.

  • Nearly 70 communities and 39 public safety agencies have received Verizon Frontline support during 2022 wildfire response efforts.

With more than 60 wildfires actively burning in more than a dozen states, the Verizon Frontline Response Team continues to deploy mission-critical communications technology in support of public safety agencies and the nearly 10,000 wildland firefighters currently on the front lines.

This year alone, the Verizon Frontline Response Team has deployed nearly 1,000 Verizon Frontline solutions to first responders in 18 states including Alaska, North Carolina, Florida, California, Texas and New Mexico.

Verizon Frontline technology has been delivered to multiple interagency command posts and 39 public safety agencies operating in nearly 70 communities. This technology provides mission-critical voice and data service to incident managers and firefighters operating in remote areas and helps coordinate fire mitigation efforts. The Verizon Frontline solutions provided by the Verizon Frontline Response Team have included Satellite Picocells on Trailers (SPOTs), routers, network extenders, mobile hotspots, smartphones and more.

“First responders are now battling wildfires year-round and we remain committed to delivering the reliable and secure communications technology they need to achieve their mission wherever and whenever they need it,” said Cory Davis, Director of Public Safety Operations for Verizon Frontline. “The Verizon Frontline Response Team stands ready to support wildland firefighters across the country as they work tirelessly to protect our communities.”

The Verizon Frontline Response Team has supported federal, state and local agencies at 49 named wildfires this year including Arizona’s Tunnel Fire, New Mexico’s Hermits Peak Fire, Colorado’s Marshall Fire and the Washburn Fire in Yosemite National Park.

This support is provided at no cost to the supported agencies and represents a continuation of Verizon Frontline’s commitment to investing and innovating in partnership with public safety and government.

Verizon Frontline is the advanced network and technology built for first responders – developed over nearly three decades of partnership with public safety officials and agencies on the front lines – to meet their unique and evolving needs.

Verizon offers unlimited talk/text/data to customers affected by wildfires


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What you need to know:

  • Verizon consumer (prepaid and postpaid) and small business customers in parts of California, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon and Washington who have been most impacted by recent wildfires will receive unlimited calling, texting and data August 3-9, 2022

  • Some Verizon retail store hours may be subject to change due to mandatory evacuation orders. Please check the status and make an appointment at before visiting

  • Verizon Frontline Response Team providing mission-critical 24/7 communications support for first responders fighting wildfires at no cost to public safety agencies

Several wildfires burning in the Western US have grown dramatically in recent weeks due to extreme heat paired with dry and windy conditions. Adding to the threat, dry lightning strikes can accelerate the spread of current fires and start new blazes in this part of the country. As first responders work tirelessly to contain the fires and families are forced to evacuate their homes, Verizon is working to keep everyone connected when it matters most.

Unlimited talk/text/data

For our consumer and small business customers impacted by the wildfires in the west, beginning August 3 through 9, Verizon is providing unlimited calling, texting and data to those customers who reside in areas most impacted by the wildfires. Accounts with billing addresses in the following zip codes are included:


93601, 93623, 93644, 93645, 93669, 95306, 95311, 95318, 95325, 95338, 95345, 96032, 96037, 96038, 96044, 96049, 96050, 96085, 96086, 96097


83235, 83462, 83463, 83465, 83466, 83467, 83468, 83469, 83525, 83671, 83677


59736, 59746, 59761, 59762, 59827, 59828, 59829, 59840, 59841, 59871, 59875


69341, 69352, 69355, 69361


97463, 97492, 97501, 97504, 97530, 97535, 97540, 97544, 97604, 97731, 97733, 97737


98824, 98828, 98934, 98950, 99321

Customers do not have to take any action to take advantage of the offer and can verify eligibility for call/text/data relief by entering their zip code here:

Retail Store Hours

Because the wildfires may affect our normal store hours in certain areas, we recommend shopping and accessing customer assistance online at or by using the MyVerizon app. If you’d rather visit a store, you can find the nearest Verizon location and schedule an appointment by visiting:

Verizon Frontline Support for First Responders

The Verizon Frontline Response Team has deployed to multiple locations across the West to provide the thousands of first responders currently engaged in firefighting efforts with mission-critical communications capabilities.

The Verizon Frontline Response Team provides on-demand, emergency assistance during crisis situations to government agencies, emergency responders, nonprofits and communities on a 24/7 basis. Verizon Frontline Response Team members set up portable cell sites, WiFi hotspots, free charging stations and other Verizon Frontline devices and solutions that enable communications and/or boost network performance.

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“Wildfires burning across the Western US have devastated thousands of acres of forest land and disrupted the lives of people who live in these areas,” said Steven Keller, consumer vice president for Verizon. “We hope this offer gives our customers some peace of mind so they can focus on more important things during this difficult time.”

Verizon enriches the mobile endpoint with Verizon Mobile for Microsoft Teams


What you need to know:

  • Verizon is one of the first operators to combine forces with Microsoft to enable wireless subscribers to use their mobile phone number to make and receive calls using Microsoft Teams.

  • With Verizon Mobile for Microsoft Teams, enterprise customers will experience the full power of Teams using the mobile device’s native dialer.

  • Verizon Mobile for Microsoft Teams complements Verizon VoIP for Operator Connect, a fixed line solution built on Verizon’s Global SIP network and powered by Microsoft’s Azure for Operators’ Managed Service for Teams Calling.

Verizon Business announced Verizon Mobile for Microsoft Teams, a new service that will integrate a customer’s Verizon Wireless business number with Microsoft Teams and bring enterprise-grade voice quality and policy management to Teams calls to and from mobile devices. Verizon Mobile for Microsoft Teams gives users the option of placing outbound calls through the Microsoft Teams desktop application, an integrated IP Phone, or directly through the native dialer on their mobile device.

“We continue to see global demand for unified calling platforms to keep distributed workforces connected,” said Sampath Sowmyanarayan, Chief Revenue Officer, Verizon Business. “Verizon Mobile for Microsoft Teams answers that customer demand and will make an immediate impact on the collaboration industry. Verizon is helping large enterprise customers adapt and succeed in today’s hybrid work environment by delivering a best-in-class suite of professional services spanning voice, security, and Network as a Service solutions to power the mobile workforce.”

By elevating a user’s mobile identity to become a unified calling and collaboration endpoint, Verizon Mobile for Microsoft Teams empowers customers to easily and quickly apply enterprise policies to mobile numbers, reducing the costs associated with managing mobile and desktop phones and offering a path to consolidating all activity on mobile handsets where appropriate. 

Key advantages:

Mobile Manageability: Provides users with a single mobile phone number for business, which can be easily managed by IT administration with enterprise-grade calling policies in Teams

Unified Call Control: Converge voicemail, call history, and presence information across endpoints, and direct call queues to mobile numbers

Network Flexibility: Seamlessly move calls between networks and endpoints, including uplifting calls from the cellular voice network to VoIP data calls with video and screensharing

Verizon Mobile for Microsoft Teams complements the existing Verizon VoIP for Operator Connect solution for fixed line voice services. The popularity of Teams, combined with the scale and reliability of Verizon’s global network, will provide enterprise customers with a secure, managed multi-device solution that blends connectivity, calling, and administration under one easy-to-use customer interface and calling plan.

“This collaboration with Verizon allows us to combine the power of cloud, cellular and edge to deliver tightly integrated mobile calling and business collaboration workflows that are reliable, secure, device & network agnostic all while being cost-efficient and simple for the customers to manage a single calling offering,” said Martin Lund, CVP of Azure for Operators. “The solution leverages the power of Azure to accelerate the migration of critical workflows to the cloud and benefits from Microsoft’s expertise in providing managed services that enable operators to quickly certify with the Teams Operator Connect program.”

As a certified gold Microsoft partner with more than 15 years of experience delivering VoIP services and 7,000+ business customers with 18M telephone numbers active on Verizon’s VoIP platform, Verizon is uniquely positioned to support organizations of all sizes as they seek to unlock the full potential of Microsoft Teams. 

Verizon VoIP for Operator Connect is available today while Verizon Mobile for Microsoft Teams will be available later in 2022. For more information, visit Microsoft Teams for Collaboration and Communication.