National Grant Gives a Local Voice to a Silent Issue

The “Because Voices Have Power” campaign launched in the summer of 2014 with a focus on inspiring greater awareness and participation in a nationwide effort to end dating violence and domestic violence. In just a few short months, the interactive campaign was able to engage hundreds of thousands of people and raise more than $400,000, of which $20,000 will go to help The Spring of Tampa Bay make an even greater impact on its community.

The Spring of Tampa Bay’s President and CEO, Mindy Murphy, explained that “by allowing us to amplify our awareness and prevention messages as well as support our critical program offerings to the community, we will be able to help more victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives and prevent violence before it begins.”

This April, the Voices Have Power grant will be called into action at The Spring’s Teen Dating Violence Prevention Summit. During the event, local teen leaders will participate in discussions on topics like dating violence, safety with technology, and identifying unhealthy relationships.

The grant is also helping The Spring advocate in ways never before available to the organization. Thanks to the Voices Have Power Grant, The Spring will launch its first-ever billboard campaign targeted at underserved areas of Hillsborough County. With eye-catching visuals and statistics, the billboards will aim to drive awareness of domestic violence issues and outlets for support and help through The Spring of Tampa Bay.

For more than 10 years, Verizon Wireless has collaborated with The Spring of Tampa Bay on several awareness initiatives, including the HopeLine program, the Clothesline Project and the Verizon Teen Technology Panel program.

As the recipient of previous HopeLine grants, Murphy says The Spring is “blessed to have the relationship they do with Verizon,” and noted “the fact that as a corporation they have chosen to embrace domestic violence and recognize that it’s such a big issue for so many people just really speaks volumes.”

To learn more about how The Spring of Tampa Bay is helping provide sanctuary and services to abused women and children across the Tampa community, visit  

If you or someone you know may be in an abusive relationship, please call the toll-free national domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233. Verizon Wireless customers can simply dial #HOPE (#4673) and be connected directly to the Hotline.

Chuck Hamby is a public relations manager with Verizon Wireless. Follow him on Twitter at: @VZWChuck.