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Domestic Violence Network In Indiana Receives $10,000 Grant From Verizon Foundation

Funds Used To Heighten Public Awareness about Domestic Abuse, Available Resources

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September 23, 2010

Michelle Gilbert
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GREENWOOD, IN — The Domestic Violence Network (DVN) received a $10,000 donation today from the Verizon Foundation for its “Power of Images” project, a tribute to those who have died as a result of a domestic abuse.

The contribution will help the Indianapolis-based nonprofit expand the project in central Indiana and create more awareness and understanding about domestic abuse, further engaging the community to help those at risk and empowering businesses and others to take a stand against domestic violence.

Verizon Wireless employees at the Greenwood Verizon Wireless Communications Store presented the donation to Julie Marsh, the chief executive officer of DVN.

“The Power of Images project provides an honest and candid conversation starter for those who may be struggling in silence about domestic abuse,” said Neil Krevda, Indiana director of governmental affairs for Verizon Communications. “Encouraging people to come forward and speak up can change lives. The Verizon Foundation and Verizon employees are proud to be part of the continuing success of this important program.”

The banners have been continuously on display since their unveiling last October. They memorialize and honor Valeri Adamson, Brittany March, Susan Moulder, Heather Norris, Kent Crawford, Anthony Willis, April Wills, Beth Stayer, Angela Warnock, Michelle Gifford, Yvonne Bostick and Kelly Roome. The honorees’ images, comments and quotes capture the essence of a life lost and the impact that person’s death has had on family, friends and community.

“These traveling banners have created a stirring in the community,” said Marsh. “These individuals have humanized the issue of domestic violence.”

DVN serves an estimated 100,000 women and 30,000 men in central Indiana of all ages, races and socioeconomic levels.

With the Verizon Foundation grant, DVN officials will be able to offer the traveling education project to businesses, churches and educational institutions with new added digital media components.

During the next 12 months, DVN plans to extend the project to at least 30 locations to reach up to 30,000 viewers and add online links for video. Volunteer project presenters will also be recruited to work directly with the content and identify an audience that includes survivors, those at risk and the community at large.

The Verizon Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, Inc. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than $450 million in the United States and around the world to help others, including local grants to Indiana nonprofits. Verizon employees and retirees have also given more than 3 million volunteer hours to their communities.

About Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational website, Thinkfinity.org, and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence. In 2009, the Verizon Foundation awarded more than $67.5 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad. It also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in an additional $26.1 million in combined contributions to nonprofits. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation’s largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 5 million hours of community service since 2000. For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizonfoundation.org. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 92 million customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.  

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