Verizon Donates $30,000 in Calling Cards to Area Domestic Violence Shelters to Assist Victims

Verizon is donating $30,000 in calling cards to 30 domestic violence shelters in the New York City metropolitan area to assist victims of domestic violence.

The announcement was made Monday (Sept. 27) by Pedro Correa, president of Verizon LiveSource, at an event at the Verizon LiveSource Call Center in Massapequa and is part of a national effort to donate $150,000 in calling cards to domestic violence shelters across the country.

"These calling cards will be a tremendous help to women and families in need," said Sharon Hoahing, director of operations for the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. "We thank Verizon for this donation and its ongoing commitment to assist victims of domestic violence."

State Sen. Charles Fuschillo and several area domestic violence prevention advocates attended the event.

"This program will provide a real benefit to victims of domestic violence, which unfortunately affects far too many families," Fuschillo said.  "As a longtime sponsor and supporter of programs to aid victims of domestic violence, I thank Verizon for providing this service to those in need."

Verizon has a long-standing commitment to raising awareness of domestic violence and aiding in its prevention. Since 2007, the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, has awarded more than $15 million in grants to nonprofits that support victims of domestic violence.

In addition, through the Hopeline® phone recycling program, Verizon Wireless collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories, and puts them to work in the community by turning them into support for domestic violence survivors.  Phones collected through Hopeline recycling drives are refurbished, recycled or sold, and proceeds are donated to domestic violence advocacy groups in the form of cash grants and prepaid wireless phones for survivors.  Phones that cannot be refurbished are disposed of in an environmentally sound manner. Since 2001, Verizon Wireless has collected more than 7 million phones, given out more than $7.9 million in cash grants, and distributed more than 90,000 Hopeline phones with more than 300 million minutes of free wireless service for use by DV survivors.

Consumers can donate their phones at Verizon Wireless Stores nationwide or by mail using the postage-paid mailing label available at www.verizonwireless.com/hopelinemailinglabel.

"Domestic violence is an issue that impacts every community across the country," said Jim Gerace, president Verizon New York region.  "Verizon is committed to continue to raise awareness of the issue and use our technology, volunteers and resources to help break the cycle of violence."

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