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Women's Crisis Center Of Taney County Receives $2,000 Donation From Verizon Wireless For Domestic Violence Prevention In Missouri

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December 26, 2010

Brenda Hill
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Mark Farnen
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BRANSON, MO — Verizon Wireless announced today that it has donated $2,000 to the Women’s Crisis Center of Taney County, based in Branson, as part of the company’s national HopeLine® from Verizon program, which is dedicated to assisting communities, local shelters and agencies in ending domestic violence. The Women’s Crisis Center of Taney County is one of 26 domestic violence prevention organizations in Missouri that will be receiving funds to support local education programs and shelter operations.

“We are pleased to recognize and support the work of the Women’s Crisis Center of Taney County, said Brendan Fallis, president – Kansas/Missouri region, Verizon Wireless. “Their efforts to end domestic violence in the communities of Taney County have made a tremendous difference in the lives of families of domestic abuse and have raised community awareness of the need for prevention and intervention programs. Verizon Wireless has a long-standing commitment to domestic violence prevention, awareness and advocacy. Through our HopeLine program, we are fortunate to be able to work with respected local organizations like the Women’s Crisis Center of Taney County across the United States.”

The Crisis Center was incorporated in 1990 to provide quality residential and non-residential services to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The Crisis Center is made up of members from throughout the Taney County area who share the conviction that violence; in particular, domestic and sexual violence can be prevented. In addition to providing safe shelter placement, the Women’s Crisis Center provides 24-hour hotline crisis intervention; information and referrals; case management; daily support groups; personal advocacy; victim education; court advocacy; transportation; counseling; community education; transitional housing; and, on a limited basis, emergency financial assistance.

HopeLine from Verizon puts the nation’s most reliable wireless network to work in the community by turning no-longer-used wireless phones into support for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Proceeds from the HopeLine program are used to provide wireless phones and airtime to victims of domestic violence and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention. Since the launch of the HopeLine phone recycling program in 2001, this initiative has collected more than 7 million phones, given out more than $7.9 million in cash grants and distributed more than 90,000 phones with more than 300 million minutes of free wireless service.

For more information about HopeLine from Verizon visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline. If you or someone you know is a domestic violence victim call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 to talk to a counselor. All calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline are confidential.

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