CHARLOTTE, NC — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Bell Atlantic Mobile has designated each of its 29 Bell Atlantic Mobile Communications Stores in the region as drop off points for donations of clothing and supplies to local domestic violence organizations. (See below for stores and organizations in your area.)
"The donation drive is part of the continuing work by our employees to make a difference in their local communities," Jerry Fountain, Bell Atlantic Mobile's vice president-Southeast region, said.
Shelters are in need of women's and children's warm clothing, toys, bed linens and blankets, canned goods, paper products and other household goods.
Bell Atlantic Mobile is also making a cash donation for every customer signing up in October for the recently introduced DigitalChoice SingleRate sm plan, which eliminates roaming and long-distance charges and offers rates as low as 10 cents a minute. A donation based on new SingleRatesm customers in North Carolina will be given to the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence to aid its support of local domestic violence organizations. South Carolina Coalition for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will receive a donation based on SingleRatesm purchases made at South Carolina stores.
The company is also the first wireless carrier to introduce a toll- and airtime-free link to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE), allowing Bell Atlantic Mobile customers to dial *HOPE from their wireless phones to reach the hotline. Bell Atlantic Mobile encourages anyone to contact this or other domestic violence organizations if they or someone they know are in a violent relationship.
Bell Atlantic Mobile Communications Store locations participating in the donation drive and the organizations designated to receive the donations are: Recognizing the physical, emotional and economic toll that domestic violence takes on the Capital Region's private and corporate citizens, Bell Atlantic Mobile today announced an initiative in conjunction with the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence to help victims of abuse.
Bell Atlantic Mobile Communications Store locations participating in the donation drive and the organizations designated to receive the donations are:
- Asheville: Helpmate (contact: Sharon Robbins, 828/254-2968)
- Boone: Oasis (contact: Julie Thompson, 828/264-1532)
- Gastonia: The Shelter of Gaston County (contact: Cathy Cloninger, 704/866-3679)
- Hendersonville: Mainstay (contact: Jan Hester, 828/693-3840)
- Hickory: Family Care Center (contact: Kay Wiener, 704/324-9917)
- Laurinburg: Womenfolk Unlimited (contact: Lynn Spence 910/997-4840)
- Lenoir: Shelter Home of Caldwell County(contact: Terri Looper, 828/758-0888)
- Lincolnton: Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (contact: Vicky Lingerfelt, 704/736-0112)
- Marion: Family Services (contact: Patricia Whitaker, 828/652-8538)
- Matthews: United Family Services' Shelter for Battered Women (contact: Jane Taylor, 704/332-2513)
- Morganton: Options/Clifhaven Shelter (contact: Elaine Propst, 828/438-9444)
- Rockingham: Womenfolk Unlimited (contact: Lynn Spence 910/997-4840)
- Rutherfordton: Family Resources - Path Shelter (contact: Sherry Bright , 828/245-8595)
- Charlotte (Sharon Corners and University Area stores): United Family Services' Shelter for Battered Women(contact: Jane Taylor, 704/332-2513)
- Shelby: Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council(contact: Millie Hershenson, 704/487-9325)
- Waynesville: Reach of Haywood County (contact: Julia Freeman, 828/452-7898)
- Anderson: Haven of Rest Home for Battered Women (contact: Norma Jarrad, 864/222-3008)
- Columbia (Columbiana, Gracern Road and Two Notch stores): SisterCare (contact: Deb Haney, 803/926-0505))
- Greenville (Congaree and Wade Hampton stores): Safe Harbor(contact: Renee Middleton, 864/467-3637)
- Greenwood: Meg's House Shelter for Abused Women (contact: Melody Matthews, 1-800-447-7992)
- Rock Hill: Pilgrim's Inn (contact: 803/327-4227)
- Simpsonville: Safe Harbor (contact: Renee Middleton, 864/467-3637)
- Spartanburg: SAFE Homes - Rape Crisis Coalition (contact: Lynn Hawkins, 864/583-9803)
- Gainesville: Circle of Hope (contact: Suzanne Martin, 706/776-4673)
- Toccoa: North Georgia Mountain Crisis Network, Inc. (contact: Cindy Westberg, 706/632-8401)
Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless network in the East, covering 112,000 square miles, and the largest chain of retail outlets devoted exclusively to wireless voice, data and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic Mobile has 5.7 million customers and 7,000 employees from Maine to Georgia and, through a separate subsidiary, in the Southwest. Bell Atlantic Mobile's parent is one of the world's largest wireless communications companies, with domestic operations in 25 states and international investments in Mexico, Europe and the Pacific Rim. For more information on Bell Atlantic global operations visit: www.bellatlantic.com/worldwide.