PADUCAH, KY — Verizon Wireless announced today it has awarded a total of $8,000 to two Western Kentucky shelters for victims of domestic violence. The funds come from Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine® program, which turns no-longer-used wireless phones donated by consumers into support for victims of domestic violence.
The $5,000 grant that Verizon Wireless has awarded to the Merryman House in Paducah will enable staff members to participate in training provided by the Pacific Institute’s Investment in Excellence curriculum. The training is designed to encourage personal and professional development for staff members and to enhance coping skills.
A grant for $3,000 was awarded to the Lighthouse Children’s Home, which serves as a shelter for women and children in the Mayfield-Graves County area who are homeless or victims of domestic violence. Lighthouse will use the grant to build a fence, which will provide added security for the women and children seeking safety in the shelter.
Verizon Wireless is a recognized corporate leader for its commitment to preventing domestic violence and raising awareness of the issue. In 2007, the company – along with the Verizon Foundation – donated nearly $200,000 in cash grants, phones and airtime to shelters and other organizations in Kentucky working to support victims of domestic violence and their families.
“The HopeLine program helps nonprofit organizations that work so hard to combat domestic violence and make our community a safer place to live,” said Greg Haller, president – Kentucky/Indiana/ Michigan region, Verizon Wireless. “Over the last five years across the nation, Verizon Wireless also has distributed about 60,000 phones with airtime and other features valued at more than $13 million to be used by victims of domestic violence.”
Anyone can donate wireless phones they’re no longer using to Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program, even if their phones are from another wireless service provider. Wireless phones, batteries and other accessories are collected at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide and in special collections throughout the year.
Since October 2001, when Verizon Wireless launched its national recycling program, HopeLine has collected more than 5 million phones. The program has disposed of more than 1 million phones in an environmentally sound way and refurbished the remaining phones for resale and reuse.
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