Verizon Wireless Donates $10,000 To The Dove Center In Kansas City

OVERLAND PARK, KS — Verizon Wireless, through the Verizon Foundation, has donated $10,000 to The DOVE Center in support of this year’s 100 Men in Aprons benefit. The DOVE Center provides free domestic violence education workshops for teenage girls in the Greater Kansas City area to help them live free of domestic violence, poverty and depression.

“Domestic violence prevention is a cause Verizon Wireless feels strongly about and we are proud to sponsor this year’s benefit, said Brendan Fallis, president of the Kansas/Missouri Region, Verizon Wireless. “By supporting organizations like The DOVE Center, more people in our community will be educated.”

“Verizon’s generosity and commitment to this cause is very encouraging as we set to make a difference in the community,” said Vickie Ellison, Executive Director of The DOVE Center. “Domestic violence crosses all demographic boundaries, regardless of age, education, race or socioeconomic status. Our partnership with Verizon will allow us to continue to provide innovative programs and support to save lives in Kansas City.”

The 100 Men in Aprons benefit will be held Sept. 24 to support The DOVE Center’s effort to combat the social justice issue of domestic violence.

In addition to this grant, Verizon Wireless supports domestic violence agencies around the country through the HopeLine® phone recycling and reuse program.

Throughout 2010, HopeLine collected more than 1.1 million phones and awarded more than $2.1 million grants to nearly 450 domestic violence prevention and awareness programs. Moreover, through HopeLine, Verizon Wireless provided 25,392 phones with a total of 75 million free minutes of service to shelters and agencies nationwide for use by clients. In Missouri last year, Verizon Wireless collected more than 9,100 phones through the HopeLine program.

Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 8 million phones; awarded more than $10 million in cash grants to prevention and awareness programs nationwide; and donated more than 106,000 HopeLine phones with 319 million minutes of airtime to victims, survivors and domestic violence organizations.

About The DOVE CenterThe DOVE Center is a domestic violence prevention education center for teenage girls. The organiza¬tion conducts prevention workshops at its facility in Kansas City, Mo., in Crown Center Shops. They arm 500+ young women per year with the knowledge to avoid becoming a victim of domestic violence.

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