We’ve begun a text-to-donate campaign for the Red Cross and an employee disaster-relief donation effort matched by the Verizon Foundation.
Aug. 30: Verizon has implemented two disaster-relief campaigns for relief and recovery efforts supporting communities affected by Hurricane Isaac. Verizon Wireless customers can use their mobile phones to make $10 donations to aid the American Red Cross. The Verizon Foundation has also activated its Disaster Relief and Recovery Program that matches employee donations to several aid groups assisting in hurricane relief efforts.
Customers can make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999. Those interested in giving more can donate up to five times their original donation. For example, customers making a $10 donation can give up to $50.
Verizon Wireless waives text messaging fees for disaster relief and 100 percent of each donation goes to American Red Cross relief efforts.
Verizon Wireless customers who pay monthly bills will see their donations on the next regular monthly bill. For customers using the company’s prepaid services, donations will be taken from customers’ prepaid balances
Seperately, the Verizon Foundation's Disaster Relief and Recovery Program will match donations from Verizon employees to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, which have launched relief efforts throughout the Gulf Coast in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. The Foundation's Disaster Relief and Recovery Program matches employee donations dollar-for-dollar up to $1,000 per employee per year. Donations made via text are not matched by this program.