2002-11-09 / Front Page

Verizon Keeps RDRC ‘In Check’

By Gary G. Toms

By Gary G. Toms


That'll buy a whole lot of Lotto tickets! Pictured left to right are: Curtis Archer (Executive Director, RDRC), Walter McCree (Job Developer- RDRC), "the check" ($12,000), Bill Martin (Director of Community Affairs - Verizon), Councilman Sanders, Doug Woodhall, (STRIVE/Job Readiness Trainer- RDRC), and Jesse Velez (Computer Trainer and Case Manager for RDRC).That'll buy a whole lot of Lotto tickets! Pictured left to right are: Curtis Archer (Executive Director, RDRC), Walter McCree (Job Developer- RDRC), "the check" ($12,000), Bill Martin (Director of Community Affairs - Verizon), Councilman Sanders, Doug Woodhall, (STRIVE/Job Readiness Trainer- RDRC), and Jesse Velez (Computer Trainer and Case Manager for RDRC).

The Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation recently received a donation from the Verizon Company in effort to help support the organization’s computer training and job readiness program. The money, totaling $12,000, will be used toward purchasing computers and the development of programs, in addition to improving the training facility’s infrastructure.

The funding was provided after RDRC Executive Director Curtis Archer submitted several proposals outlining a need for financial support of the program. The presentation took place at the RDRC office, 1920 Mott Avenue. Bill Martin, Director of Community Affairs for Verizon (Forest Hills) presented Archer with the check. Martin has been employed with Verizon since 1991, and he was excited about Verizon’s contribution to the Rockaway community.

"Verizon is very happy to be able to play a role in giving people a chance to succeed in life. The money being donated today will provide opportunities and programs that will benefit many residents," said Martin.

City Councilman James Sanders, Jr., praised Verizon for their sizeable contribution.


"No! We can't spend the money on computer games." RDRC representatives, and Bill Martin, pose with current members of the computer training and job readiness program."No! We can't spend the money on computer games." RDRC representatives, and Bill Martin, pose with current members of the computer training and job readiness program.

"I am grateful that this initiative is taking place in Rockaway, and our people need to be prepared for the challenges of the 21st century. This program is a tool that will allow them to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead," stated Sanders.


Return to top


Email Us
Contact Us

Copyright 1999 - 2014 Wave Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved

Neighborhoods | History