El Centro In Kansas Receives $3,000 Donation From Verizon Wireless For Domestic Violence Prevention

KANSAS CITY, KS. — Verizon Wireless announced today that it has donated $3,000 to El Centro as part of the company’s national HopeLine program, which is dedicated to assisting communities, local shelters and agencies in ending domestic violence. El Centro is one of 23 domestic violence prevention organizations in Kansas that will be receiving funds to support local education programs and shelter operations.

“Verizon Wireless has a long-standing commitment to domestic violence prevention, awareness and advocacy, and we are pleased to recognize and support the work of El Centro,” said Brendan Fallis, president – Kansas/Missouri region, Verizon Wireless. “Their efforts to end domestic violence in Kansas City 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. Through our HopeLine program, we are fortunate to be able to work with respected local organizations like El Centro across the United States.”

El Centro provides programs and services aimed at strengthening family ties, thereby making Wyandotte County, Kansas a better place to live and work.

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, Verizon has collected more than 8 million phones; awarded more than $10 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country; properly disposed of nearly 1.7 million no-longer-used wireless phones in an environmentally sound way; distributed more than 106,000 phones with approximately 319 million minutes of free wireless service to be used by victims of domestic violence; and kept more than 210 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfills.

For more information about HopeLine from Verizon visit http://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.

About El Centro For 35 years, El Centro has served the Kansas City area Hispanic population, providing services ranging from Pre-K education to domestic violence advocacy and support. Today, El Centro attracts clients of all ethnicities and backgrounds; however, the organization retains pride in its unique expertise and aptitude to provide bilingual services that best meet the needs of Kansas City's growing Hispanic population. In 2010, El Centro served more than 5,300 families through its mission to strengthen communities and empower families through educational, social, and economic opportunities. Since November 2002, the iSi, Se Puede! (Yes, You Can!) Domestic Violence Advocacy and Support program has empowered more than 1,730 women, children and men in moving from victim to survivor. The Verizon HopeLine grant will allow women the security of having access to law enforcement, counselors and support workers, their children’s schools, and employers on a secure cell phone provided by Verizon. For more information about El Centro’s programs and services, visit its website at www.elcentroinc.com.

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