Verizon Wireless Donates $15,000 To Rose Brooks Center For Teen Dating Violence Prevention In Kansas City, Missouri

KANSAS CITY, MO — Verizon Wireless announced today that the Verizon Foundation has donated $15,000 to Rose Brooks Center through its Healthy Relationships partnership with the Kansas City agency.  The partnership will provide vital teen dating violence prevention education, including bullying, cyber threats, date rape and other common teen-related violence issues to more than 1,300 at-risk students in Jackson County during the 2012-2013 school year.  In addition, the donation will afford educational services for 2,200 students through a citywide awareness campaign during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in February.

“Verizon Wireless is proud to partner with Rose Brooks Center to provide vital education and support services to our community’s most at-risk population – our children and teens,” said Brendan Fallis, president – Kansas/Missouri Region, Verizon Wireless.  “Eliminating violence is a cause our company feels strongly about and we are committed to helping Rose Brooks Center break the cycle of violence by working directly with students.”

“Prevention is key to making Kansas City a safer community for all families,” said Susan Miller, CEO of Rose Brooks Center.  “We applaud Verizon Wireless for their broadened commitment to violence prevention and are honored to partner with them while we work to stop violence before it begins.”

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

HopeLine® from Verizon recently launched a new mobile tool, the HopeLine app, to further aid in its ongoing mission to support victims of domestic violence.  Through this new app, individuals suffering from domestic violence will have quick access to resources and assistance in a time of need.  Users can connect directly to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) for crisis intervention, information or referrals using #HOPE. 

Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 9 million phones; awarded more than $14.2 million in cash grants for domestic violence organizations across the country; and distributed more than 123,000 HopeLine phones with the equivalent of more than 406 million minutes of wireless service for use by victims, survivors and domestic violence organizations. 

About Rose Brooks Rose Brooks Center is a comprehensive domestic violence agency providing a full continuum of care including prevention programming, crisis intervention and other supportive services to thousands of women and children each year.  In 2011, Rose Brooks Center served more than 17,000 women and children and provided 57,822 safe nights to victims escaping abusive homes.   To learn more about Rose Brooks Center, please visit www.RoseBrooks.org

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network.  The company serves 94.2 million retail customers, including 88.8 million retail postpaid customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 78,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com.  To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia

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