Hawai'i Domestic Violence Prevention Organizations Receive $15,000 In HopeLine Grants From Verizon Wireless

HONOLULU, HI — Hawai‘i women and men affected by domestic violence will benefit from Verizon Wireless’ support for organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness. This year, local domestic violence organizations received a total of $15,000 in grants from Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine® phone recycling program to help with program support, staffing and supplies.

“Verizon Wireless is dedicated to supporting the work of domestic violence prevention organizations throughout the country and here in Hawai‘i,” said Russ Preite, region president for Verizon Wireless. “Anyone can make a real difference by just visiting one of our stores and dropping off their old cell phones of any age, make or model – it’s that easy.”

Two domestic violence nonprofit organizations in Hawai‘i have been awarded 2012 Verizon HopeLine funding. Joyful Heart Foundation will use the donation money for staffing and supplies for Kukui Center Wellness Day in Kona. Domestic Violence Action Center in Honolulu has been awarded Verizon HopeLine funding for production support and event sponsorship for “Anatomy of a Survivor’s Journey,” a photo and voice exhibition documenting survivors’ experience of healing.  

HopeLine® from Verizon, Verizon Wireless’ national phone recycling program, collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any carrier and puts them to work in the community by turning them into support for domestic violence survivors in the form of cash grants and prepaid Verizon Wireless phones for survivors.  Since HopeLine launched in 2001, Verizon Wireless has awarded more than $14.2 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country and distributed nearly 123,000 phones with more than 406 million minutes of free wireless service to be used by victims of domestic violence. This year, Verizon, through HopeLine, has provided nearly $1.6 million in grants to domestic violence organizations across the country. 

Verizon Wireless donates refurbished cell phones, with prepaid airtime, to domestic violence prevention agencies for use by survivors. With these phones, survivors can stay in touch with loved ones and social service providers; schedule appointments with doctors and interviews with potential employees; and make a host of other calls as they work to rebuild their lives during a very difficult time. To learn more about this program, including agency benefits and responsibilities, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving domestic violence survivors in Hawai‘i are encouraged to contact Verizon Wireless online.

By dialing #HOPE from any Verizon Wireless phone on our nationwide network, victims of domestic violence can access professional support quickly and confidentially from the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE).

The HopeLine smartphone app provides tools to help spread awareness of Verizon’s mission and provide support to victims of domestic violence through HopeLine. This Fact Sheet provides more information about the app.

For more information on Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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