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San Diego Family Justice Center Receives $40,000 Cash Grant From Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless partners with City of San Diego and San Diego Family Justice Center for October Wireless Phone Collection Drive

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October 11, 2009

Ken Muche
Ken.Muche@VerizonWireless.com
949-286-8193Lt. Lori Luhnow
San Diego Family Justice Center
lluhnow@pd.sandiego.gov
619-533-6010

SAN DIEGO — In honor of domestic violence awareness month, Verizon Wireless' HopeLine Program presented the San Diego Family Justice Center (SDFJC) with a $40,000 cash grant that will be used to:

  • Increase the center's capacity to manage the needs of a rising volume of clients
  • Support direct client services such as transportation and clothing
  • Recruit, train and manage more volunteers, which are critical to the center's operations

(Photo Caption — In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Verizon Wireless Regional President Luis Cruz (far right) presents a $40,000 HopeLine grant to San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne and city officials, accepting on behalf of the San Diego Family Justice Center. The grant will help the increase the center's capacity to manage the needs of a rising volume of clients, support direct client services such as transportation and help recruit and train more volunteers.)

In addition, the City of San Diego announced that it will be collecting no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories at city offices in a month-long wireless phone collection drive.

Phones can also be donated at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in San Diego and at participating police and fire stations across the city. These donations will enable the HopeLine program to award grants to non-profit organizations focused on eliminating domestic violence and providing aid to survivors, as well as offer an environmentally conscious way for consumers to dispose of their wireless phones.

"The HopeLine program is not only a lifeline for domestic violence survivors, but also the organizations that provide them assistance in times of need," said Luis Cruz, region president of Verizon Wireless. "Donating your old cell phones and accessories to HopeLine will help make a difference right here in San Diego."

For more information on Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program and to find out more about where to donate wireless phones and accessories in the San Diego area, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

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