ATLANTA, GA — Verizon Wireless has joined forces with The Junior League of Atlanta’s Nearly New shop to help victims of domestic violence and support the company’s HopeLine® program in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On Thursday, October 20, the two organizations will host the Shamrock Shop & Give at the Nearly New shop (1715 Howell Mill Road) from 6 – 8 p.m.
Women around the Atlanta area are invited to an evening of shopping with friends and encouraged to bring gently used clothing items to donate to victims of domestic violence. All clothing donations will benefit the Hospitality House for Women in Rome, Ga., a domestic violence shelter and prevention program serving women and children ages newborn to 18 years. Verizon Wireless will also present a $2,500 HopeLine grant to the Hospitality House to support their programs and services.
“We are so excited that Verizon Wireless and the Nearly New are hosting this event that will give the women in our shelter new clothing,” said Amy Weaver, executive director of Hospitality House. “Many times women leave their abusers with nothing but the clothes on their back, literally. We are in dire need of winter wear and warm accessories such as gloves, hats and scarves to help them and their children get back on their feet and living an independent life free from violence. The donations women bring to the Shamrock Shop and Give will make a big difference in someone’s life.”
Attendees of the Shamrock Shop & Give can also bring no-longer-used cell phones for donation to Verizon’s HopeLine program. HopeLine puts Verizon's technology and network to work in the community by turning no-longer-used wireless phones into support for domestic violence victims and survivors. Through Verizon’s HopeLine program, more than eight million phones have been collected and recycled or refurbished to support domestic violence survivors, generating $10 million that has been given to local agencies since 2001.
According to a recently released report, titled “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2009 Homicide Data,” Georgia now ranks sixth in the country for its rate at which men kill women in single-victim homicides, most of which are domestic violence murders.
“October is Domestic Violence Awareness month but it’s important that we work year round to prevent family violence in Georgia, where it’s a bigger issue than in most other states,” said Michelle Miller, Director of Retail Sales, Georgia/Alabama Region, Verizon Wireless. “Wireless phones and technology can serve as a vital link to emergency or support services in a time of crisis or as a reliable, safe connection to employers, family and friends as survivors rebuild their lives.”
Attendees of the Shamrock Shop and Give will also have a chance to win valuable prices via a random drawing that will take place at the event. Giveaways include an HTC Rhyme™ smartphone, a registration entry to JLA’s Shamrock N Roll race on March 11, 2012 and one month of Operation Boot Camp, a 30-day co-ed outdoor fitness program.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About JLA’s Nearly New shop
The Junior League of Atlanta Nearly New Shop’s mission is to continue as a viable cornerstone for raising funds for targeted community agencies; to provide the public with quality, used clothing and goods at reasonable prices; to increase the community awareness of the Junior League of Atlanta’s purpose; to instill in the Nearly New volunteers and membership a sense of shop ownership; and to provide flexible volunteer opportunities, camaraderie and leadership.
The JLA is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Each year, the JLA contributes more than $2 million to community agencies and programs that support empowering women and children to become self-sufficient. In addition, funds are used to train and develop membership to become future leaders in the Atlanta community. The JLA currently has more than 3,500 members, making it the third largest Junior League in the world. For additional information on the Junior League of Atlanta, Inc., please visit www.jlatlanta.org or call 404-261-7799.