BIG RAPIDS, MI — Women, children and families in central Michigan will benefit from a $5,000 donation made by Verizon Wireless to Women’s Information Service Inc. (WISE), an organization that provides advocacy, safety options and support services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Mecosta, Osceola and Newaygo counties.
“This generous donation from Verizon Wireless will help WISE continue to advance its mission of empowering people to create violence-free communities,” said Kelley Samuels, executive director of Women’s Information Service. “Domestic violence and sexual assault are crimes that not only affect individuals, families and society as a whole.”
The donation to WISE will help women and children by providing counseling, food, shelter and clothing when their lives are disrupted by violence.
“We value the important work that WISE accomplishes in the community,” said John Granby, president–Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky Region, Verizon Wireless. “This HopeLine grant reinforces our company’s commitment to end domestic violence and our support of organizations that provide critical services.”
The $5,000 gift was made possible by the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program, which converts no-longer-used wireless phones into support for domestic violence survivors. Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 8 million phones, awarded more than $10 million in cash grants to prevention and awareness programs nationwide, and donated more than 106,000 HopeLine phones with 319 million minutes of airtime to domestic violence organizations for use by survivors. Phones that cannot be refurbished are recycled in an environmentally sound way under a zero-landfill policy.
Last year in Michigan, Verizon Wireless and the Verizon Foundation donated nearly $200,000 in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and shelters. Verizon Wireless and HopeLine also donated 3 million minutes of service to help domestic violence survivors in Michigan in 2010.
HopeLine wireless phone donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the nation, including the Big Rapids store located at 840 S. State St. For more information on the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
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