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Jackson, Michigan, Area Domestic Violence Survivors Benefit From Verizon Wireless Grant

Aware, Inc. Receives $10,000 Grant to Support Agency's Programs, Services

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October 11, 2010

Michelle Gilbert
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Al Upchurch
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JACKSON, MI — Domestic violence survivors and their children in Jackson County will benefit from a $10,000 donation made by Verizon Wireless to Aware, Inc., a domestic violence organization that delivers services to protect victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Jackson County.

The grant will help fund shelter operations, transportation for clients, securing identification documents and medication for clients not covered by their insurance. Aware, Inc. has been providing safe shelter and supportive services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault since 1977. Services include shelter, crisis counseling and legal, medical, financial and personal advocacy.

"Verizon Wireless is a valued community partner," said Becky Filip, executive director of Aware, Inc. "This grant is an investment in our efforts to break the cycle of domestic violence in our community. The funding will help us serve women and children in our shelter and allow us to sustain programs which are critical to our efforts to raise awareness of the issue."

"Verizon Wireless understands that access to safe shelter can be a matter of life or death," said Erika Esch, district manager-retail sales, Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, including the company's location at 740 Laurence Avenue in Jackson. "Our company is committed to the communities where our customers and employees live and work and is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in the Jackson area."

The $10,000 gift was made possible by the HopeLine® from Verizon program, which converts no-longer-used wireless phones into support for survivors of domestic violence.

Since HopeLine's national phone recycling and reuse program was launched in 2001, Verizon Wireless has collected more than 7 million phones, distributed more than 90,000 phones with the equivalent of more than 300 million minutes of free wireless service to be used by domestic violence survivors, and awarded more than $7.9 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country.

In Michigan last year, Verizon Wireless and the Verizon Foundation donated more than $63,000 in cash grants as well as phones and airtimes to local domestic violence agencies and shelters.

HopeLine wireless phone donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the nation, including the Jackson location. Phones given to the HopeLine program are refurbished and resold for reuse or disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.

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

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