FORT WAYNE, IN — The Verizon Foundation has donated $20,000 to Fort Wayne nonprofits targeting initiatives that raise awareness about domestic violence and provide direct support to area residents.
“Our goal is to break the cycle of domestic violence by supporting outstanding organizations in Indiana that have a track record of success with public outreach, education, as well as providing relief and resources for families,” said John Granby, president–Indiana/ Kentucky/Michigan Region, Verizon Wireless.
In Fort Wayne, the Foundation recipients include the YWCA Northeast Indiana and the Women’s Bureau, Inc.
One of the $10,000 grants will support the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event hosted this fall by the Women’s Bureau, Inc. The September 10 event helps raise awareness by asking men to put on women’s high heels and walk a mile in a show of support to stop violence against women. Last year, more than 900 walkers supported the event; it was the largest high-heel race recognized by the Guinness World Records.
The YWCA also received a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to support Steps to Success, a self-sufficiency program for survivors covering six Northeast Indiana counties. The YWCA also provides a 24-hour crisis hotline, a crisis shelter, outreach services and educational programs for teens.
Verizon has a long history of supporting survivors of domestic violence and aiding in its prevention. The HopeLine® program from Verizon collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider. Verizon Wireless then provides wireless phones and airtime to nonprofit organizations for use by domestic violence survivors and cash grants to local shelters and nonprofits that focus on prevention, awareness and advocacy.
Since its inception, HopeLine has collected more than 8 million phones and provided $10 million in grants. Phones that cannot be refurbished are recycled in an environmentally sound way under a zero landfill policy.
In the past four years, the Verizon Foundation has awarded more than $21 million to nonprofit organizations that assist domestic violence survivors.
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About the Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, uses its technology, financial resources and partnerships to address critical social issues, with a focus on education and domestic violence prevention. In 2010, the foundation awarded nearly $67 million to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation’s largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered nearly 6 million hours of community service since 2000. For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizonfoundation.org.