Philanthropy also funded innovative solutions to community health problems. Verizon Wireless made a significant investment in Alexian FitPals, a program that uses smartphone technology to educate, communicate and support healthy lifestyles in children and teens. Eliseo A., whose three children participated in the program, credits the program with changing the trajectory of his family’s health.

“Yesterday we woke up at 6 am and we walked three miles to go out for breakfast,” he says, laughing. “We didn’t do that before. Before, everything was in the car.”