Finding Solutions and Paying it Forward with Technology #VZWbuzz

View of the Golden Gate Bridge from the open-air bus

View of the Golden Gate Bridge from the open-air bus. Photo taken with my new Nokia LUMIA Icon. #VZWbuzz

Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to San Francisco (Oh San Francisco, how I love you) to be part of the Verizon’s #VZWbuzz Influencer Summit. I had the chance to hang out with many people I’ve only known through Twitter and other social sites. It was a real treat to spend time with both old friends and new friends. And of course our hosts were beyond fantastic. Thank you Verizon for everything! <—– disclosure.

The Nokia Lumia Icon on on it's wireless charger

The Nokia Lumia Icon on on it’s wireless charger

Whenever I go to anything tech related, I always feel like a bit of an underachiever. It’s not because I don’t LOVE tech and gadgets, it’s because I’m generally outside most of my day and do much of what I do from various locations. I use tech all day everyday, but I’m not so much a lover of actually spending the time to discover all the bells and whistles of a new gadget. I want to grab and go. Thank goodness for my #VZWbuzz teammates and the Verizon website. Everyone is always so helpful. It’s one of the reasons why I love being part of the #VZWbuzz team. The way they pay it forward with technology is so fantastic.

While at the Innovation Center, we not only heard about devices and all they can do, we actually had the chance for some one on one time from the various teams that partner with Verizon. It was such a great learning environment. I also learned about  the heart of the brand behind it all.

This trip made it even more clear to me that what makes me truly love a brand goes beyond quality products. The products are awesome and have really helped me personally in my life and with what I love to do, but I have to know the heart of a brand if I’m going to support it in any way — whether that’s working together or buying their products. While we were at the Verizon Innovation Center in San Francisco, I learned about Verizon’s commitment to the world around us.

“At Verizon Wireless, we use our resources to improve the lives of individuals and the communities we serve. With our network, our people and our financial support, we’re building a better world, one connection at a time.”

There’s lots of ways Verizon is doing good. For example…

Hopeline: Verizon is committed to helping end domestic violence with refurbished phones, service, and recycling the ones that can’t be refurbished.  Since 2001, more than 10.8 million phones have been collected nationwide, over 21.4 million in cash grants have been given to domestic violence organizations, and over 180,000 phones have been donated to victims and survivors. You can download the Hopeline App for Apple or Android to find resources, donate, or even host a drive. Use the call button in the App to connect to the National Network to End Domestic Violence. More info about the Hopeline program and app downloads here

The Verizon Foundation:  Focusing on communities worldwide, Verizon is using technology to help in the areas of healthcare, energy, and education. In 2011, $66 million in grants were given to organizations that support their core initiatives. Since 2011, Verizon employees & retirees have given over 673,000 hours of their time to help.  Learn all about the mission and Verizon Foundation programs here

Learn all about Verizon’s commitment to improving lives and communities.

Come be a part of our community online! Join us on Fridays at 2 pm CST for the Twitter #VZWbuzz chat. Lots of resources, tech info, prizes, and tips!




  1. Now THAT is a good recycling program. Well done.

  2. I wish they would hold my hand! 🙂

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