Seven Delaware Nonprofits Receive $77,500 From the Verizon Foundation and Verizon Wireless

WILMINGTON, Del. - In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is observed in October, seven Delaware nonprofit organizations will receive $77,500 from the Verizon Foundation - the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications - and Verizon Wireless to support existing domestic violence prevention and education programs and help create new ones.

Grant recipients were announced Tuesday (Oct. 21) at the annual meeting of the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Verizon Delaware and Verizon Wireless are sponsors of this year's luncheon meeting.  Winners and their specific grant-funded programs are:

  • Child Inc. - Helping Children Heal, a program that addresses issues faced by children who witness acts of domestic violence.

  • Community Legal Aid Society Inc.  - services for victims of domestic violence.

  • Delaware Center for Justice - Elderly Victim Services program.

  • Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence - Training for Change initiative to improve statewide response to and prevention of domestic violence, and support for a community PSA campaign.

  • La Esperanza Inc. - bilingual victim-services program.

  • Latin American Community Center - continued funding for the Families in Control program to prevent domestic violence.

  • VSA Arts of Delaware - continued funding for A View Through My Window, an expressive art project designed for victims and survivors of domestic violence.  This year's funding will focus on projects for youth.

The coalition also honored Verizon Delaware President William Allan with its annual Vision of Peace Award for his leading role in the campaign against domestic violence in the First State. 

"I accept this honor on behalf of all Verizon employees, who have taken a strong stand against domestic violence," said Allan.  "We all know this is a serious issue in our country.  We all care deeply about the communities we serve.  In addition to our front-line advocacy, our grant programs continue to raise awareness, educate people about the causes and effects of domestic violence, and help our communities in the First State address and prevent domestic violence situations."

Verizon Wireless, a recognized corporate leader in the fight against domestic violence, is providing grants through its HopeLine(r) phone recycling program, where no-longer-needed wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any wireless provider are collected at the company's Communications Stores nationwide.  Phones are refurbished or recycled in an environmentally sound way.

Proceeds from the HopeLine program benefit domestic violence survivors and nonprofit advocacy agencies by providing them with essential communication tools - wireless phones and services - and financial grants. 

Since 2001, HopeLine has awarded $5.6 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies throughout the country and collected more than 5 million wireless phones.

"In times of danger, domestic violence victims need access to resources that will provide assistance, and are easily accessible and secure," said Christine Baron, president of Verizon Wireless' Philadelphia Tri-State region.

"That's the focus of our HopeLine program - to provide cell phones in emergency situations, but also to provide much-needed funding so organizations can continue making a positive impact in the community," Baron added.  "We certainly applaud the work that outstanding Delaware organizations perform each day in the areas of domestic violence education and prevention."

About the Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its signature program, Thinkfinity.org, and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence.  In 2007, the foundation awarded more than $67.4 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the United States and abroad. The foundation also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in $25.1 million in combined contributions. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation's largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 3 million hours of community service since Verizon's inception in 2000.  For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation.

About Verizon Communications
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 69 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 228,600 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 68.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 70,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.