Back Row: Scott Gladstone (Wireless Zone), Bill Stanley (L&M Hospital), Bill Martin (Waterford Country School)
Front row: Allison Keck (Center for Hospice Care), Alice Soscia (United Way), Julianna Velazquez (Waterford Country School), Marcia Reinhard (Jewish Federation of Eastern CT), Neil Ryan (Wireless Zone), Sara Qua (High Hopes Therapeutic Riding)
Wireless Zone to present grants totaling $67,500 to local charities
Local Wireless Zone- Verizon Premium Wireless Retailers are back at it again in true holiday spirit! Family owned and operated, Wireless Zone nominated multiple non-profit organizations in the Eastern Connecticut community and beyond to receive grants from the Wireless Zone Foundation in 2017. A grand total of $67,500 will be donated to these neighboring organizations this year.
Business partners and recipients of last year’s Citizen of the Year Award, Scott Gladstone and Neil Ryan, elect several charities in their community that display extraordinary dedication and a fervent commitment to serve their respective organizations and fulfil their unique mission statements. This year, fourteen of these grant requests were honoured.
The following non-profit organizations that will be bestowed Wireless Zone Foundation grants: Center for Hospice Care, Connecticut Advocates for Parkinson’s, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center, Jewish Federation of Eastern CT, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital New London/Westerly, Waterford Country School, Windham Hospital Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter, Autism Speaks New England, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Ocean State, Hartford Performs, Veterans Inc., United Way and Special Olympics CT.
The Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving® Inc., established in 2003, was created after discovering that the employees of Wireless Zone wanted to give back to the community of people they spent time with trying to assist at a store level. The Foundation, which supports both local and national nonprofit organizations, provides a basic structure for the collaborative giving program and enhances the individual stores’ ability to be able to commit to helping their communities. The grant funds will assist awarded organizations with initiatives to both expand upon current programs and implement new ones.
The Wireless Zone teams also completed a food drive this past fall for the Gemma Moran Food Bank in New London. Several hundred pounds of food were donated to each, feeding homeless and less fortunate families in each territory. In addition, thru the month of December, not only are the stores are collecting unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots, but each employee is donating a toy for the holiday season for a student at the Waterford Country School.
“We just want to help, however and whoever we can. I’m excited and thankful when people reach out to Wireless Zone for donations, because it means they know we care,” says Frank Lotti, an employee of the company for 9 years.
Wireless Zone is the nation’s leading independent Verizon Wireless franchise, offering the latest and greatest in products, services and accessories, as well as repair services. Wireless Zone is open seven days a week, locations include Groton, New London, Westerly RI, Glastonbury, Dayville, Putnam and North Windham. Wireless Zone encourages all nonprofit organizations to reach out if we can be of any assistance in the future.