COLUMBIA, MO — Verizon Wireless today announced that it will donate $2,000 to The Shelter in Columbia, Mo, to support the agency’s hotline program. The hotline, a vital link to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, provides 24/7/365 referral information, emotional support and safety planning. The hotline averages four calls a day and has helped more than 15,000 victims since it began operation in 2000.
“We heavily rely on donations and grants to operate The Shelter and provide a safe haven and specialized services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Leigh Voltmer, executive director. “Verizon Wireless has a history of supporting agencies in this important work, and we thank them for helping The Shelter continue to maintain our hotline service. It is a lifeline for victims who desperately need advice and a place to turn in a crisis.”
The Shelter provides emergency services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The services are designed to empower women who have been battered or abused by an intimate partner, enabling the victim to begin the healing process and work towards regaining control of her life. The organization became a part of Family and Children’s Services of Mid Missouri in 1983, and the first shelter building opened on Jan. 1, 1983. Since this time, services have been provided to thousands of victims of domestic or sexual assault.
Since 2001, Verizon Wireless provided assistance to domestic violence agencies and organizations across Missouri and the United States. The company’s HopeLine® national phone recycling and reuse program has collected more than 5.3 million phones; awarded more than $5.6 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country; and by the end of this year, will have donated more than 80,000 HopeLine phones with 240 million minutes of airtime to victims, survivors and domestic violence organizations.
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