KANSAS CITY, KS — Verizon Wireless announced today that it has donated $2,000 to Friends of Yates – Della Gill/Joyce H. Williams Center (Friends of Yates, Inc.) as part of the company’s national HopeLine program, which is dedicated to assisting communities, local shelters and agencies in ending domestic violence. Friends of Yates, Inc., 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 Friends of Yates, Inc.,” 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 Friends of Yates, Inc. across the United States.”
Friends of Yates, Inc. is a comprehensive community agency that provides a full menu of community care and support, including domestic violence programming, prevention services, youth and adult development and emergency food and clothing distribution.
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 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 Friends of Yates, Inc. Friends of Yates, Inc., has provided social services for over 99 years for residents of Kansas City, Kansas, Wyandotte County and the greater metropolitan area. In its early origin, the organization was known as the “Colored Peoples” branch of the YWCA, then Yates Branch YWCA and, 69 years later, the organization became known as Friends of Yates, Inc. and became a separate entity. Since then, organizational program capacity has expanded to meet the complexities of societal and community concerns. Current programs include: C.A.C.E. (Crime Awareness Coordinating Efforts), Friends of Yates Nursing Home Support Group, Black Men and Women of Distinction Program (in honor of Black History Month), Emergency Food Distribution, Judge Meeks Jr./Meeks/Burks/Atty. Jackson/Robinson Library/Learning Center, and the organization’s premier program, Della Gill/ Joyce H. Williams Domestic Violence Center.
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