ST. LOUIS, MO — Verizon Wireless has given a $3,000 HopeLine® grant to RAVEN (RAPE And Violence End Now), a Maplewood, Mo.-based domestic violence organization that seeks to create peaceful families and communities through three core programs: Batterer Intervention, Community Education and Youth Violence Prevention. The funds will enable RAVEN to expand its programs.
Specifically, the grant will be used to provide 24 education presentations to a variety of audiences including community groups, high schools and universities, clergy and the prison populations. It will also fund the printing of informational brochures and handouts given to audience members.
Through the award-winning Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, most of the donated phones and equipment are refurbished and sold, with proceeds going to support domestic violence awareness and prevention programs. Any remaining phones are recycled in an environmentally friendly way.
In recent years, RAVEN has received a substantial increase in requests to provide community education within the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area, including the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County, as well as St. Charles, Franklin and Jefferson counties in Missouri, and Madison and St. Clair counties in Illinois.
"Many of the individuals touched by RAVEN's programs are either victims of domestic abuse or abusers themselves," said Mark Crumpton, presidentKansas/Missouri Region, Verizon Wireless. "Verizon Wireless recognized RAVEN with this grant because we share a common goal of wanting to end domestic abuse, and we believe its efforts are helping to prevent and reduce intimate and family violence."
"We depend on the generosity of companies like Verizon Wireless to help us meet the demand for our programs," said Barbara Hiltz, RAVEN executive director. "This grant enables us to spread our message to a broader spectrum of people, and therefore, provide vital services to individuals and families in our community who may not otherwise know where to turn for help."
To learn more about the various adult and youth community education programs offered by RAVEN, the general public may call 314-645-2075 or visit them online at www.ravenstl.org.
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About RAVENRAVEN operates the third oldest batterer intervention program in the United States. It is a non-profit education and social change organization that is guided by the following mission: To foster peaceful relationships, families, and communities by increasing self-awareness, challenging abuse and control, teaching alternative behaviors, and promoting personal responsibility.####