News Release

The Center For Women And Families In Kentucky Uses $8,000 Donation From Verizon Wireless To Fund Children's Therapy Services

Gift Marks 10th Anniversary of Verizon Wireless' HopeLine Program

July 13, 2005

Michelle Gilbert
Michelle.Gilbert@VerizonWireless.com
248-915-3680Corissa A. Phillips
The Center for Women and Families
corissa.phillips@cwfempower.org
502-581-7206

LOUISVILLE, KY — Verizon Wireless has donated $8,000 to The Center for Women and Families to help fund art, music and play therapy services for children who witness domestic violence and suffer abuse themselves.

The gift commemorates the 10-year anniversary of Verizon Wireless' HopeLine® program, through which donated wireless handsets and equipment are refurbished and sold, with proceeds going to support domestic violence awareness and prevention programs.

The Center for Women and Families has been serving the Louisville area since 1912, and helps women, children and families affected by domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and economic hardship. In addition to offering shelter, the organization's domestic violence program provides tools and support that help women and their children rebuild their lives.

"Children who have experienced, witnessed or even overheard domestic violence are always affected in some way," said Jane W. Burks, president of The Center for Women and Families. "Our unique programs offer children and their mothers a time to rediscover each other and play."

Last year, consumers nationwide donated three-quarters of a million wireless handsets to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program-up more than 35 percent from the previous year-and bringing the total to nearly two million handsets since the program's national phone collection and recycling efforts began in 2001.

"Over the past decade, HopeLine has grown significantly and along the way has helped so many survivors-keeping them safe and helping them rebuild their lives," said Greg Haller, president—Kentucky/Indiana/Michigan Region, Verizon Wireless. "We're thankful to our customers and the countless other consumers, organizations and businesses that have participated in the program and helped make possible gifts like this one pledged to The Center for Women and Families."

Wireless handsets and equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program at more than 1,900 Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country, including the following Louisville-area locations:

  • 5747 Preston Highway, Louisville, Ky.
  • 9409 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, Ky.
  • 1190 E. Lewis and Clarke Parkway, Clarksville, Ind.

For more information about the HopeLine program, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 45.5 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To receive 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.

About HopeLine
2005 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, which puts wireless products and services to work to combat domestic violence. Today, HopeLine collects wireless phones and accessories from any wireless carrier and refurbishes or recycles them with proceeds benefiting victims of domestic violence. The environmentally friendly HopeLine Program also provides victims with essential communication tools — wireless phones and wireless services, including voicemail and pre-paid wireless minutes. Donations are accepted at all 1, 900-plus Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

About The Center for Women and Families
The Center for Women and Families is a nonprofit organization that engages individuals and communities in the elimination of domestic violence, sexual violence and economic hardship through service, education and advocacy.

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