ORANGEBURG, NY — Hundreds of children who call local family shelters their homes will go back to school this year with fond memories of a day spent at Yankee Stadium, thanks to Verizon Wireless.
The official wireless provider of the New York Yankees, Verizon Wireless donated more than 200 of the company's tickets to area shelters, including the Rockland Family Shelter and My Sister's Place in Westchester, to distribute to families affected by domestic violence.
"To give these children just a few hours with their moms to enjoy a game and be regular kids is a great gift," said Paula Sarro, associate director of My Sister's Place. "We can provide the children with a bed and a meal, but a day at Yankee Stadium gives them something more, it gives them something good to remember."
Domestic violence prevention and education is Verizon Wireless' chief community focus. Verizon Wireless created its HopeLine® program 10 years ago to put the company's wireless products and services to work to help victims of domestic violence enhance their safety. In addition to free phones, service and voice mailboxes for victims, HopeLine includes funding for non-profit domestic violence organizations; community and corporate awareness initiatives; and a bilingual "Invest in Yourself" program designed to help prepare survivors to re-enter the workforce.
"At Verizon Wireless, we provide survivors with a number of tools through our HopeLine programs, but we wanted to do something directly for the children," said Charles Hand, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro Region. "In the past five years, over 1,000 kids and their families have been guests of Verizon Wireless. We hope that in some small way, we've made a difference in their lives."
For additional information, visit the HopeLine Web site at www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
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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.