KANSAS CITY, MO. — Verizon Wireless announced today that it has donated $1,500 to Newhouse as part of the company’s national HopeLine program, which is dedicated to assisting communities, local shelters and agencies in ending domestic violence. Newhouse is one of 39 domestic violence prevention organizations in Missouri that will be receiving funds to support local education programs and shelter operations.
“Verizon Wireless has a long-standing commitment to domestic violence prevention, awareness and advocacy, and we are pleased to recognize and support the work of Newhouse,” said Brendan Fallis, president – Kansas/Missouri region, Verizon Wireless. “Their efforts to end domestic violence in Kansas City 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. Through our HopeLine program, we are fortunate to be able to work with respected local organizations like Newhouse across the United States.”
Newhouse exists to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing tools that allow women to make positive choices and lead self-sufficient lives.
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, Verizon has collected more than 8 million phones; awarded more than $10 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country; properly disposed of nearly 1.7 million no-longer-used wireless phones in an environmentally sound way; distributed more than 106,000 phones with approximately 319 million minutes of free wireless service to be used by victims of domestic violence; and kept more than 210 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfills.
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.
For more than 40 years, Newhouse Shelter has been a haven for women escaping domestic violence with their children. Newhouse provides the discipline for these women to make permanent changes in their life to end the cycle of violence and improve their overall quality of life. Founded in 1971, Newhouse serves approximately 1,000 women and children each year.
Newhouse takes a comprehensive approach in meeting the needs of the women and children who turn to Newhouse for emergency shelter and relief from the crushing distress of domestic violence. The Newhouse mission is to teach women to be self-sufficient and productive members of society. Newhouse’s latest initiative is promoting awareness a teen dating violence. Learn more at www.newhouse4teens.org/. For more information, please visit http://www.newhouseshelter.org/ or call (816) 474-6446.
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