California Nonprofits Receive $1.5 Million From Verizon to Help Victims of Domestic Violence

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, observed in October, the Verizon Foundation is providing nearly $1.5 million in grants to help California nonprofit agencies working to prevent domestic violence and provide support to victims of abuse.

"Domestic violence is a serious epidemic that affects people from every walk of life," said Tim McCallion, president of Verizon's West region. "In fact, one-fifth of all adults employed in the United States have been victims of this crime.

"The Verizon Foundation supports programs that prevent domestic violence through education, victim relief and empowerment," he said.  "The recipients of these grants should be commended for making a significant impact on the lives of those they serve."

Among the California nonprofits receiving domestic-violence prevention grants from Verizon are:

  • DeafHope, Oakland - $50,000
    Through its Open Door program, DeafHope provides comprehensive support to deaf survivors of domestic violence and their children. These services will include peer counseling, support groups and help in accessing community resources.

  • California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, Sacramento - $50,000
    CPEDV will use the grant to develop a Technology Safety Training Project that will increase awareness and understanding of emerging technology issues in the domestic-violence prevention field. 

  • Ocean Park Community Center, Santa Monica - $30,000
    The Sojourn Emergency Crisis Shelter provides four to six weeks of safe housing and support, emphasizing safety planning, domestic violence education, peer counseling, therapeutic and horticultural therapy, and advocacy. The program focuses on protective orders, court accompaniment, custody and visitation, social services and transitional housing.

  • Riverside County Coalition for Alternatives to Domestic Violence - $50,000
    The Casa de Paz Pathway to Independence Training Program gives domestic violence victims the opportunity to improve and enhance their educational and vocational skills to help them become financially, emotionally and physically independent.

  • San Bernardino Sexual Assault Services - $45,000
    The Empowerment/Changing Lives program will help domestic violence victims improve their job skills and thus create a better life for themselves and their families.

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.

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