BEAVERTON, OR — Women in Oregon affected by domestic violence are benefitting from $243,000 in cash grants and free phones with airtime from Verizon Wireless. The funding, phones and minutes go to organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness. For survivors of domestic violence, a working phone can be a lifeline. During 2009, the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program donated 597 phones (each with 3,000 pre-paid minutes) to shelters in the state. The value of the phone and airtime donations is $179,100. In addition, 23 Oregon shelters and domestic violence agencies received $64,500 in HopeLine grants to be used for prevention and survivor services:
- Battered Persons’ Advocacy, Roseburg—Emergency services fund to buy door locks, food and gas
- Canyon Crisis & Resource Center, Mill City—Train staff to teach safety and coping skills and increase victim participation in the legal process
- Catholic Charities—El Programa Hispano, Gresham—Funding for Spanish speaking instructors and support group leaders for Latino survivors
- Columbia County Women’s Resource Center, St. Helens—Funding for development position to increase awareness and help more victims
- Domestic Violence Resource Center, Hillsboro—Supports youth domestic violence and teen dating violence prevention project
- Dunn House Outreach, Medford—Supports domestic violence crisis phone line
- Heart of Grant County, Canyon City—Purchase laptop and projector to raise awareness of DV and teen dating violence
- Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Service, Salem— Purchase of new curriculum materials to train staff, volunteers and educate the public
- New Beginnings Intervention Center, Christmas Valley—Supports staff wages to provide more direct services to survivors
- Oasis Shelter Home, Gold Beach—Funds expansion of family education services and support group sessions for survivors
- Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Portland—Supports 5 regional training sessions for shelter staff throughout Oregon
- Portland Women’s Crisis Line—Supports 24 hour domestic violence crisis phone line
- Raphael House, Portland—Funding for annual DV Summit bringing agencies together to raise awareness
- Russian Oregon Social Services, Portland—Expands bilingual mental health counseling for Russian women who have witnessed domestic violence
- Safe Harbors, Enterprise—Supports professional training for staff in NE Oregon
- Salvation Army Women’s & Children’s Shelter—Funding for Therapeutic Children’s Project
- Saving Grace, Bend—Supports shelter marketing campaign to raise awareness, increase local impact
- Siuslaw Outreach Services, Florence—Provides new training materials to increase effectiveness and prevent employee burnout
- Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center, Tillamook—Funding to start new shelter
- Volunteers of America—Oregon, Portland—Funds teen-specific Website on key elements of healthy relationships; plus dating violence and assault prevention
- Women’s Safety & Resource Center, Coos Bay—Supports Batterer Intervention Program
- WomenSpace, Eugene—Funding for 24 hour crisis phone line in Lane County
- YWCA of Greater Portland—Purchase child-safe playground equipment for shelter
The grants are part of Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program, which puts wireless services and equipment to work to assist victims of domestic violence. HopeLine’s national phone recycling and reuse program collected more than 1 million wireless phones in 2009 and has collected nearly 6.7 million wireless phones since 2001, donating 90,000 phones with 300 million minutes of free wireless service for use by survivors.
“I encourage everyone to dig through their closets, ask friends and family members for their used cell phones and accessories, and donate them to HopeLine,” said Kelley Kurtzman, region president for Verizon Wireless. “A simple phone donation can make a lasting impact on the lives of domestic violence survvors right here in Oregon.”
HopeLine wireless phone donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the nation. Verizon Wireless encourages everyone who plans to give a phone to HopeLine to make sure service on that device has been discontinued and to erase any personal data. Phones given to the HopeLine program are refurbished and resold for reuse, or disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.
For more information on Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
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