SPRINGFIELD, MO — Verizon Wireless announced today that it has made a second donation this year to the Family Violence Center, based in Springfield, as part of the company’s national HopeLine® from Verizon program, which is dedicated to assisting communities, local shelters and agencies in ending domestic violence. The $2,000 donation this month will bring the total amount to $7,000 in 2010. The Family Violence Center is one of 26 domestic violence prevention organizations in Missouri that will be receiving funds to support local education programs and shelter operations.
“We are pleased to recognize and support the work of the Family Violence Center,” said Brendan Fallis, president – Kansas/Missouri region, Verizon Wireless. “Their efforts to end child abuse and domestic violence in the Springfield area have made a tremendous difference in the lives of families of domestic abuse and have raised community awareness of the need for prevention and intervention programs. Verizon Wireless has a long-standing commitment to domestic violence prevention, awareness and advocacy. Through our HopeLine program, we are fortunate to be able to work with respected local organizations like the Family Violence Center across the United States.”
The Family Violence Center, Inc., incorporated in 1976, was the first organization in the State of Missouri to specifically serve victims of domestic violence. The center provides shelter, advocacy, and education to women and children who are victims of domestic violence and promotes the principle that all individuals have the right to a life free from abuse.
HopeLine from Verizon puts the nation’s most reliable wireless network to work in the community by turning no-longer-used wireless phones into support for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Proceeds from the HopeLine program are used to provide wireless phones and airtime to victims of domestic violence and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention. Since the launch of the HopeLine phone recycling program in 2001, this initiative has collected more than 7 million phones, given out more than $7.9 million in cash grants and distributed more than 90,000 phones with more than 300 million minutes of free wireless service.
For more information about HopeLine from Verizon visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline. If you or someone you know is a domestic violence victim call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 to talk to a counselor. All calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline are confidential.
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