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Forsyth, Illinois, Area Domestic Violence Survivors Benefit From Verizon Wireless Grant

Hope of East Central Illinois Receives $1,500 HopeLine Grant to Support Agency's Programs, Services

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October 21, 2010

Carolyn A. Schamberger, APR
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Rebecca Eckhart
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FORSYTH, IL — Domestic violence survivors and their children in Macon County will benefit from a $1,500 donation made by Verizon Wireless to Hope of East Central Illinois, one of the area’s leading domestic violence prevention and education centers.

According to the Illinois State Police, there were 109,089 domestic violence crimes reported in Illinois in 2008. The HopeLine® from Verizon grant will help fund support services provided by Hope of East Central Illinois, which serves the central Illinois community.

“Domestic violence is a pervasive and often silent issue that affects more than 30 percent of American women during their lifetime,” said Justin Radice, assistant manger-retail sales of the Verizon Wireless Communications Store at 106 Barnett Ave. in Forsyth, Ill., in presenting the check to Hope of East Central Illinois. “Verizon Wireless recognizes the role we can play in helping organizations like Hope of East Central Illinois work to put an end to this destructive force and to provide assistance to victims of domestic abuse.”

“Verizon Wireless is a valued community partner,” said James Walters from Hope of East Central Illinois. “This grant is an investment in our efforts to break the cycle of domestic violence in our community. The funding will help us sustain programs which are critical to our efforts to raise awareness of the issue.”

The $1,500 gift was made possible by the HopeLine from Verizon program, which converts no-longer-used wireless phones into support for survivors of domestic violence.

In addition to the monetary donation, Verizon Wireless also donated four refurbished wireless phones to the organization, each with 3,000 minutes of free airtime, to be used by survivors in times of emergency and as they go through the life-rebuilding process.

Since HopeLine’s national phone recycling and reuse program was launched in 2001, Verizon Wireless has collected more than seven 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.

HopeLine wireless phone donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the nation, including the Forsyth 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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