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Area Domestic Violence Nonprofits Share $15,000 Verizon Wireless/Wireless Zone Partner In Drive In Indiana

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April 9, 2012

Michelle Gilbert
Michelle.Gilbert@VerizonWireless.com
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Kyle Niederpruem
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EVANSVILLE, IN — Holly’s House in Evansville is one of three area nonprofits to receive $5,000 from a Verizon Wireless and Wireless Zone fundraising drive to assist survivors of domestic violence.

The other two $5,000 donations will be provided to OASIS in Owensboro, Ky., and The Children’s Advocacy Center of Green River District in Henderson, Ky.

Wireless Zone, a premier authorized retailer of Verizon Wireless, donated $10 for each of the phones it sold at its stores in Evansville, Henderson and Owensboro as part of its regular third-Saturday “Give Back Day” program.

“Give Back Day is about giving our local customers an extra opportunity every month to help neighbors in need,” said Christopher Jourdan, owner of the Wireless Zone franchise in the three cities. “A cell phone can be a lifesaver in a domestic violence situation.”

Verizon Wireless added to the gift by donating $10 for every used cell phone that area residents dropped into HopeLine® bins at Verizon stores. HopeLine is Verizon’s phone recycling program that turns no-longer-used phones into support for domestic violence survivors.

More than 500 phones were donated with Verizon Wireless matching the difference for the total contributions of $15,000.

“The generosity of our customers translates into support for worthy nonprofit groups in the Evansville, Owensboro and Henderson area,” said John Granby, president–Indiana/Kentucky/Michigan Region for Verizon Wireless.

The three organizations each receiving $5,000 in Indiana and Kentucky provide the following services:

  • Holly’s House (www.hollyshouse.org)  is an advocacy center that works with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse when they first come forward to report a crime.
  • OASIS (Owensboro Area Shelter and Information Services, www.oasisshelter.org)  provides emergency shelter and non-residential counseling to approximately 300 women and children a year who are survivors of domestic violence or who are homeless due to substance abuse.
  • The Children’s Advocacy Center of Green River District (www.cacgrd.org)  is one of 15 centers in Kentucky that works to prevent child abuse and family violence and promotes interagency collaboration to improve services for child abuse survivors and their families.

HopeLine from Verizon collects no-longer-used phones, batteries and accessories − in any condition from any carrier − and then refurbishes, sells or recycles the phones and donates the proceeds to domestic violence prevention and treatment organizations in the form of cash grants. Verizon also donates prepaid phones to domestic violence organizations for use by survivors.

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