Verizon Wireless is committed to putting wireless products and services to work to combat domestic violence. In October, in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the company sponsored a variety of activities across its nationwide footprint. During the month the company donated more than 5,000 wireless phones and over $36,000 in cash. It also distributed internally and externally 36,000 posters designed to educate employees and the public about the destructive effects Domestic Violence can have at home and in the workplace.
Alabama Birmingham - Verizon Wireless worked with the City of Birmingham Police Department to outfit victims of domestic violence with wireless phones to contact 911 at the touch of a button. Mobile - Domestic violence awareness posters placed in all Verizon Wireless offices and stores.
Arizona Albuquerque - Verizon Wireless supported local domestic violence shelters through the donation of 20 phones and airtime to the Albuquerque County District Attorney's office. Maricopa County -- Verizon Wireless supported local domestic violence shelters through the donation of 200 phones and airtime to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department. Phoenix - Verizon Wireless supported the Fresh Start Women's Foundation through the donation of 15 phones and airtime to domestic violence shelters. Santa Fe -- Verizon Wireless supported local domestic violence shelters through the donation of 10 phones and airtime to the Esperanza Women's Shelter. Scottsdale - Verizon Wireless was the title sponsor of the Masquerade Ball at the Wrigley Mansion, benefitting the Fresh Start Women's Foundation, on October 27.
Arkansas Statewide - Domestic violence awareness posters placed in all Verizon Wireless locations.
California Fresno -- Verizon Wireless donated 50 phones and airtime to domestic violence shelters. Los Angeles - With L.A. City Council members Joel Wachs and Cindy Miscikowski and officials from the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women, Verizon Wireless launched a domestic violence awareness poster campaign, targeting area businesses. Los Angeles County - At an October 4 event with L.A. County District Attorney Gil Garcetti and other local officials, Verizon Wireless and Motorola donated 100 phones and airtime to battered women shelters. Mountainview - Verizon Wireless donated 25 phones and airtime to domestic violence shelters. Oakland -- Verizon Wireless donated 50 phones and airtime to domestic violence shelters. Oakland -- Verizon Wireless donated 75 phones and airtime to the Oakland Police Department for use by domestic violence shelters. San Diego - Verizon Wireless donated multiple voicemail boxes for use by battered women's shelters. San Francisco -- Verizon Wireless donated 75 phones and airtime to the San Francisco Police Department for use by domestic violence shelters. San Jose -- Verizon Wireless has donated 75 phones and airtime to the San Jose Police Department for use by domestic violence shelters.
Colorado Statewide -- Earlier this year, Verizon Wirless donated 500 phones with 2 years' of free airtime to domestic violence protection organizations in the state.
Connecticut Danbury - Verizon Wireless made a $500 donation of wireless service and Hopeline voicemail boxes to Women's Center of Greater Danbury. Wallingford - Verizon Wireless employees participated in a "Wish List" Drive for the Meriden Wallingford Chrysalis Domestic Violence Services. Items collected were needed to operate the shelters and assist the women and children who are living there.
District of Columbia Washington - Verizon Wireless provided free phones and airtime to a research team at George Washington University studying intervention strategies for domestic abuse victimes.
Florida Statewide -- Domestic violence awareness posters have been placed at 32 Verizon Wireless retail stores and two of the company's customer service centers. Statewide -- Through news items in state newspapers, local businesses were encouraged to contact Verizon Wireless to receive free domestic violence awareness posters to educate employees. Ft. Lauderdale - Women in Distress of Broward County distributed domestic violence awareness posters provided by Verizon Wireless. Lakeland - A donation was made to Peace River Domestic Violence Shelter in memory of a Verizon Wireless employee's sister who had stayed there. Miami - Domestic violence awareness posters were provided to many organizations, including SafeSpace. Orlando - Verizon Wireless donated wireless phones and free minutes to Harbor House Center Against Domestic Violence. Tallahassee - To mark the grand opening of a new Verizon Wireless retail store, the company donated wireless phones and free minutes to Refuge House. Tampa Bay - Verizon Wireless provided domestic violence awareness posters to many organizations, including The Harrell Center for the Study of Domestic Violence at the University of South Florida, several public schools, medical facilities and churches. Tampa Bay - Verizon Wireless sponsored the Spring of Tampa Bay's Donate-A-Phone campaign to collect unused wireless phones for refurbishing. West Palm Beach - The YWCA Harmony House distributed domestic violence awareness posters provided by Verizon Wireless.
Georgia Alpharetta - At the Verizon Wireless Southeast Area headquarters, the last week of October was Domestic Violence Awareness Week. Employees drop off toiletries for use by guests at area domestic violence shelters. Henry County - Provided 10 wireless phones and airtime to Flint House, preprogrammed with phone numbers for the shelter and 911.
Hawaii Hilo -- Verizon Wireless donated 3 phones and free airtime through the Hawaii Child and Family Services for use by family counselors who visit residents' homes. Kauai - Verizon Wireless donated 4 phones and free airtime through the Hawaii Child and Family Services for use by family counselors who visit residents' homes. Kona -- Verizon Wireless donated 3 phones and free airtime through the Hawaii Child and Family Services for use by family counselors who visit residents' homes. Maui -- Verizon Wireless donated 10 phones and free airtime through the Hawaii Child and Family Services for use by family counselors who visit residents' homes.
Idaho Rexberg - Verizon Wireless donated five phones and service to the Family Crisis Center.
Illinois Champaign -- Verizon Wireless highlighted Domestic Violence Awareness Month holding a press conference on October 26th in Champaign-Urbana. Verizon Wireless donated a total of 80 phones and free airtime to four area shelters/programs. Chicago - On October 19, Verizon Wireless presented free phones and service to the Chicago Foundation of Women for use by area shelters. Peoria - Verizon Wireless highlighted Domestic Violence Awareness Month holding a press conference on October 25th in Peoria. Verizon Wireless donated a total of 50 phones and free airtime to four area shelters/programs. Presentation included State Representative David Leitch.
Iowa Davenport -- Verizon Wireless highlighted Domestic Violence Awareness Month holding a press conference on October 24th in Davenport, IA. Verizon Wireless donated a total of 15 phones and free airtime to three area shelters/programs. Presentation included State Senator Maggie Tinsman. Des Moines - Upon the opening of a new retail store's grand opening, Verizon Wireless made a $2,500 donation to the local domestic violence organization.
Kansas Rosebrook - Verizon Wireless made a financial contribution to the community's domestic violence organization.
Louisiana Statewide - Domestic violence awareness posters placed in all Verizon Wireless offices and stores. Gulf Coast Region -- Verizon Wireless regional employees can purchase stickers that read "Verizon Wireless - Helping Fight Domestic Violence." One day each week, employees who have purchased the sticker can wear jeans to work. Money collected goes to a local shelter.
Maryland Statewide - Verizon Wireless has distributed 45 domestic violence awareness posters in regional stores, kiosks, network offices and at the regional headquarters. Baltimore - Verizon Wireless made a donation of free phones to CHANA/House of Ruth to aid victims of domestic violence. Dundalk - Verizon Wireless made a phone donation to the Johns Hopkins University Bayview mobile healthcare van, which provides service to domestic violence victims at the Family Crisis Center. Howard County - Verizon Wireless has donated three large-screen TVs to the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, for use in training and educational workshops for law enforcement and case workers. Howard County - Verizon Wireless sponsored four employee seminars on domestic violence, featuring Susan Tucker of the Domestic Violence Center.
Massachusetts Woburn and Westboro - Verizon Wireless employees participated in a suit drive to collect slightly-worn business attire for "Positive Impressions" in Boston, MA
Michigan Statewide - Strengthened partnership with the Michigan Sheriffs' Association, through which more than 2,000 phones and free airtime were donated to Michigan shelters and abuse prevention groups. Oakland County - Donated 100 phones to Haven, a domestic violence shelter.
Minnesota Statewide - On October 19, Verizon Wireless announced the donation of phones and airtime to victims of domestic violence leaving shelters throughout the state, through the Day One program. The contribution's value is more than $40,000.
Missouri St. Louis - Verizon Wireless presented 260 free phones to 10 local shelters. Presentation included State Senators Anita Yeckel and Betty Sims, and State Representative Chuck Gross. Cape Girardeau - On October 11, Verizon Wireless presented five local shelters with 83 free phones and airtime at an event with State Senator Peter Kinder.
Nebraska Statewide -- Verizon Wireless provided phones programmed to call 9-1-1 and local shelters for a new organization, Project Emergency Phone Service, serving domestic abuse victims. Verizon Wireless retail stores served as collection points for no-longer-used phones donated to the program.
New Hampshire Manchester -- The Verizon Wireless' Manchester, New Hampshire store worked with the Manchester Police Department and a local Domestic Violence Outreach team to collect and program phones for use in that area.
New Jersey Corporate Headquarters - Verizon Wireless, working in conjunction with the Family Violence Prevention Fund, unveiled stark, hard-hitting posters that drive home the impact of domestic violence on women and their employers. The posters were sent to all Verizon Wireless' regional and area headquarters locations for display. In addition, the posters were made available free-of-charge to businesses throughout the country to encourage employers to help their employees who are affected by domestic violence.
New York Statewide - Sent copies of the Verizon Wireless-sponsored domestic violence awareness posters to organizations working to combat domestic violence. Stony Brook - Verizon Wireless introduced its College Domestic Violence Program at SUNY-Stony Brook. Westchester County - On October 19, Verizon Wireless Regional President Charles Hand joined District Attorney Janine Pirro to present refurbished phones, collected during an August "recycling drive," to local domestic violence prevention groups.
North Carolina Charlotte - Healing Hearts Domestic Violence Shelter received 10 pre-programmed 911 wireless phones and 10 voice mail boxes. Rock Hill - Donation made to Interfaith Hospitality to combat domestic violence. Western North Carolina -Verizon Wireless donated 12 pre-programmed 911 wireless phones and 10 voice mail boxes to Safe Inc. of Swain/Qualla, which services domestic violence victims in Bryson City, Cherokee and Graham County.
Ohio Statewide - With the Attorney General of Ohio, Verizon Wireless kicked off a month-long phone recycling program, with over 1,000 donated phones going to anti-domestic violence groups in the state. Northeast Ohio - Verizon Wireless was a sponsor of a fundraiser held for the Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence on October 13. Each of the 1,200 participants received a domestic violence awareness poster.
Oklahoma Statewide - Domestic violence awareness posters placed in all Verizon Wireless offices and stores.
Pennsylvania Erie - In collaboration with SafeNet, held a recycling drive for unused wireless phones throughout the month. Western Pennsylvania - Verizon Wireless Regional President Roger Tang provided awareness posters to leaders in the fight against domestic violence, including Butler County Commissioners, U.S. Senators Spector and Santorum, executive directors of six shelters and past participants in the company's Domestic Violence Awareness Seminars.
South Carolina Anderson - Verizon Wireless contributed $500 to the Coalition for the Understanding and Reduction of Relationship Violence, to support building the community's first domestic violence shelter. Columbia -- Verizon Wireless contributed $500 to SisterCare, and participated in a domestic violence awareness effort sponsored by the group. Laurens County - Verizon Wireless made a financial contribution to the county's Safe Home project. University of South Carolina - Verizon Wireless was a sponsor of the Safe Dorm initiative.
South Dakota Sioux City - To commemorate the launch of Verizon Wireless digital service in Sioux City, the company made a $2,500 donation to the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.
Tennessee Knoxville - Verizon Wireless collected over 50 phones from individuals and businesses in conjunction with the Community Coalition on Family Violence. The phones will be re-programmed and distributed to victims at risk. Chattanooga - Verizon Wireless donated 21 phones to the Domestic Violence Task Force. The company also participated in a program to collect phones for the Task Force throughout October. The drive culminated in a candlelight vigil to honor victims and to promote awareness. Memphis - Verizon Wireless announced plans to donate 13 computers to two local domestic violence groups. Nashville - Verizon Wireless announced plans to sponsor the "You Have the Power" book, an informational booklet for domestic violence awareness.
Texas Statewide - Domestic violence awareness posters placed in all Verizon Wireless locations. Dallas - Co-sponsored the Ramona Logan Tennis Classic on October 7, with proceeds supporting the Genesis Women's Shelter. North Texas Region President Cindy Patterson presented a check for $15,000 to the shelter. Central Texas -- Verizon Wireless regional employees purchased stickers that read "Verizon Wireless - Helping Fight Domestic Violence." One day each week, employees who had purchased the sticker were permitted to wear jeans to work. Money collected went to a local shelter. Houston - Employees contributed $10 each to a local domestic violence organization, for a total of more than $15,000. North Texas - Verizon Wireless customers who donated $10 to a domestic violence shelter during the last two weeks of October received a free headset. North Texas - Verizon Wireless regional employees purchased stickers that read "Verizon Wireless - Helping Fight Domestic Violence." One day each week, employees who had purchased the sticker were permitted to wear jeans to work. Money collected goes to a local shelter.
Washington Seattle - On October 6, Verizon Wireless donated $1,500 to help the Eastside Domestic Violence group sponsor its Safe Passage Lunch. Verizon Wireless also funded development of a local domestic violence awareness poster, being distributed to area businesses.
Wisconsin Statewide - Verizon Wireless donated phones and airtime to 150 shelters across the state and made public the availability of free domestic violence awareness posters for businesses throughout the state. Milwaukee -- Verizon Wireless provided the Sojourner Truth House with 50 wireless phones for use by shelter staff. The announcement was attended by U.S. Representative Tom Barrett. Madison - Verizon Wireless is providing Domestic Abuse Intervention Services with free phones and service.
Wyoming Statewide - Earlier this year, Verizon Wireless donated nearly 200 phones and airtime to the Wyoming Domestic Violence State Coalition through the industry's Call to Protect program.
Vermont Statewide -- Through a donation from the New England region the Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault was able to purchase 1,000 enamel purple ribbon pins. Each of the 16 domestic violence and sexual assault programs were given a number of pins to distribute among staff, volunteers and to key members in their communities. Chittenden County - Verizon Wireless donated $500 to the Chittenden County DV task force, to sponsor Living With the Enemy, a photographic exhibit which demonstrates the horror of abuse and the hope of resistance and recovery through images of battered women, their children, and their abusers.
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