Congratulations to Victor Caro (VP, Nickelodeon Ad Sales) and Flora Huang (VP, Paramount Pictures Finance & Planning), our 2017 Viacommunity Award winners!
We recognize them for making a positive impact in the lives of others — Victor for helping hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico with the Warrior Angels Rescue organization, and Flora for mentoring youth in Watts, CA with the nonprofit Red Eye.
Viacom will donate $10,000 to each of the causes they champion. Hear about their volunteer work, how they got involved and what winning this award means to them.
Thousands of residents of Puerto Rico were vaccinated against influenza on Saturday, March 10, in the largest single-day mass immunization campaign in the island's history. The territory-wide campaign was organized by VOCES (Coalición de Vacunación de Puerto Rico), in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Department of Health; Direct Relief, a medical relief nonprofit; and other health entities. Sanofi Cares North America (formerly Sanofi Foundation for North America) donated the vaccines.
A family with a disabled son gets power for the first time in five months
As other utilities complete their power restoration assignments and leave Puerto Rico, Southern California Edison’s work on the island has expanded to include new territory.
SCE’s first incident management team arrived in Puerto Rico in December to help set up restoration efforts in Ponce on the south side of the island. Since then, SCE’s teams have been planning and coordinating repairs.
Drones are able to traverse mountains and ravines not accessible by foot
More than 220 Duke Energy workers have been working to restore power in Puerto Rico since January, and they have found a new way to string lines and navigate the challenging mountain terrain: drones.
Workers are scouring the island for broken poles and downed power lines that, in some places, are buried under five months’ worth of overgrown vegetation after Hurricane Maria left the electrical system in pieces in October.
Duke Energy’s Ryan Mosier joins workers getting the lights back on after Hurricane Maria
Editor's note: Duke Energy spokesperson Ryan Mosier gives an inside look at restoration efforts in Puerto Rico. He is stationed with about 220 other Duke Energy workers who went to the island on Jan. 14 to restore power following Hurricane Maria in October. Learn more about the effort here.
When Armando Ortiz flew to Puerto Rico three weeks after Hurricane Maria slammed ashore, he wept to see his ravaged homeland.
Now four months later, he is back, this time with other Duke Energy employees helping to restore power.
“It’s incredible, first of all, to me as a Duke employee to come to work in my home,” said Ortiz, 57, an equipment operator based in Clearwater, Fla. “It’s very exciting to help my fellow Puerto Ricans, my family and friends. I feel honored to be here. More than that, I feel a duty."