OVERLAND PARK, KS — Verizon Wireless, through the Verizon Foundation and the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® Program, has awarded $85,000 in grants to the Kansas City-based Metropolitan Family Violence Coalition.
A portion of the funds will help the six, local domestic violence shelters in the coalition update their technology capabilities. Additionally, the grant will fund an advertising campaign to raise awareness for (816) HOT-LINE, the metropolitan-area, 24-hour emergency hotline for victims of domestic violence.
"Current technology and public awareness are two key components to our success in fighting the spread of domestic violence in our community," said Robin Winner, of the Metropolitan Family Violence Coalition. "We appreciate Verizon Wireless' support as we continue to work to help local victims of violence."
The Metropolitan Family Violence Coalition represents six domestic violence agencies in the Kansas City area: Hope House, Joyce H. Williams Center, Newhouse, Rose Brooks Center, SAFEHOME and Synergy Services. These agencies work together to provide support and services to victims of domestic violence in the bistate region.
Technology UpgradesThe Verizon Foundation will provide a $10,000 grant to each of the six agencies for technology upgrades which include the purchase of new equipment, including computers, printers, software and technical support.
Public Awareness CampaignVerizon Wireless' HopeLine Program will provide an additional $25,000 to underwrite a metropolitan-wide advertising campaign to raise awareness for (816) HOT-LINE. The campaign will include advertisements on metropolitan-area buses and in public restrooms at restaurants and other entertainment locations. The ads will encourage victims of domestic violence to call (816) HOT-LINE as a point of entry to the entire spectrum of services provided by the Metropolitan Family Violence Coalition.
The bus advertisements will be displayed from January through July 2007 and will be included on buses in metropolitan Kansas City and Johnson County. The restroom advertisements will be displayed in 33 locations across the metropolitan area and will feature information in both English and Spanish. They will be displayed from January through August 2007.
"We at Verizon Wireless firmly believe domestic violence is everyone's issue," said Mark Crumpton, presidentKansas/Missouri Region, Verizon Wireless. "We are pleased to provide this grant to the Metropolitan Family Violence Coalition to further its mission and to increase awareness of domestic violence prevention in our community."
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 57 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 60,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.####