Arc Receives Verizon Disaster Preparedness Award

For the second year, the Arc of the United States is pleased to receive an award from Verizon to continue implementing the Building Community Resilience Through Inclusive Disaster Preparedness program. With this funding, The Arc, along with The Arc Muskegon, The HEART Program, Volunteer NY and The Arc Nature Coast, will come together to host online and in-person volunteer events that will advance emergency preparedness in communities across the United States. focus on the perspectives and needs of people with disabilities during a disaster. These service opportunities will be featured on Citizen Verizon Volunteers, the company’s employee volunteer portal, introducing V-teamers to The Arc voters and fostering opportunities for both communities to get to know each other.

Through the program, Verizon employees will once again be offered a number of volunteer options, such as conducting mock 911 calls, creating no-sew blankets to protect against long winter nights, participating in letter writing campaigns, creating disaster kits, and more.

“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic highlights the urgent need for communities, organizations and businesses to strengthen their emergency plans so that people with disabilities are never left behind when disaster strikes. Verizon’s support allows The Arc to continue to shape the conversation around disaster preparedness, with a focus on people with disabilities. We are grateful and look forward to partnering with Verizon again,” said Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc.