MANKATO, MN — As part of the company’s national HopeLine® program, Verizon Wireless announced today that it has donated $6,000 to the Community Against Domestic Abuse, Inc. (CADA), a Mankato-based organization that serves individuals and families impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. The donation was generated by a $20 match for the first 300 employees who signed-up for the company’s Walk for Hope at the Mankato Customer Service Center. A total of 369 employees will walk or run in two shifts, at noon and 3 p.m. today.
“Our employees participation in today’s Walk for Hope is an opportunity to demonstrate our support for domestic violence awareness and prevention,” said Joe Hall, director of customer service for the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. “We’re thankful to be able to give back to CADA, an organization that makes a difference in our community.” In addition to rallying around today’s walk, employees from the Verizon Customer Service Center have volunteered at CADA’s annual Inspire-Hope breakfast and several gift drives to meet shelter and client needs.
The grant will be used to support new therapeutic counseling services for adults and youth in south central Minnesota that have experienced domestic and/or sexual abuse. “This grant from Verizon comes at a critical time as CADA seeks broader community and corporate based support due to a decrease in state funding to accomplish its mission for safety and healing,” said Julie Ellefson, executive director of CADA. “Verizon Wireless and the Walk for Hope present a tremendous model of corporate engagement to solve community issues; raising awareness, taking the collective responsibility to address violence, and partnering to ensure the delivery of trauma and healing services.”
Therapeutic counseling services were initiated on July 1, 2012 and are one of the ways CADA works to serve individuals impacted by abuse. The mission of CADA is to prevent abuse and provide safety and support to victims. In 2011, through all combined giving from individuals, foundations and corporations, CADA provided:
- More than 1,650 individual adults and children with safety, advocacy, support and healing services;
- Served 130 women and children through their shelter program;
- Assisted 340 adults and children in pursuing legal protection and harassment orders;
- Assisted 42 children to visit their non-custodial parent; and,
- Facilitated presentations on bullying/dating violence to more than 1,600 elementary, junior high and high school youth.
Through HopeLine, Verizon’s phone recycling program, the company collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any carrier and puts them to work in the community by turning them into support for domestic violence survivors. Phones collected through HopeLine recycling drives are either refurbished and sold or recycled, with the proceeds donated to organizations that work against domestic violence in the form of cash grants and prepaid Verizon Wireless phones for survivors.
Since the launch of HopeLine in 2001, more than $14.2 million in cash grants have been awarded to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country, and nearly 123,000 phones have been distributed with more than 406 million minutes of free wireless service to be used by victims of domestic violence. For the past three years, The CADA program has been a recipient of HopeLine phones for use by victims rebuilding their lives.
Consumers can donate their devices and accessories at the Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in Mankato (and nationwide) or by mail using the free downloadable shipping label available at www.verizonwireless.com/hopelinemailinglabel. More information about the HopeLine program is also available online at www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
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CADA, Inc. provides safety and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through community engagement, advocacy, shelter, supervised parenting time services, and therapeutic support. CADA coordinates services across eight counties in south central Minnesota to address domestic abuse and sexual assault: meaning, violence manifested in societal norms and behaviors like teen dating violence, battering, rape, child abuse, sexual assault, and the trafficking of women and children. For more information about CADA’s services and mission, visit: www.inspire-hope.org. All services may be accessed by calling the 24-hour Crisis Line at (507) 625-8688 or 1-800-477-0466.