Verizon announced this week the Verizon Foundation and company employees raised more than $800,000 in donations for Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief.
“Verizon employees have a strong tradition of mobilizing quickly to assist communities in need,” said Verizon Foundation President Rose Kirk. “We are proud to join the thousands of Verizon employees and customers who have offered support for the people of Japan during the long recovery process.”
In response to the tragedies still unfolding in Japan, Verizon declared all calls free to the island nation through April 10. The company also provides customers the option to donate $10 through a text.
The Verizon Foundation was created by Verizon to act as the company's philanthropic outreach program. As of 2010, the foundation says its awarded almost $67 million to nonprofits worldwide and company volunteers have donated 6 million hours of community service.
Japan continues to struggle with recovery and clean up. The nuclear emergency at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant remains unresolved and the death toll from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami stands at more than 12,000. Adding insult to injury, today the northeast coast was rocked by a 7.4-magnitude earthquake.