NORTH PLATTE, NE — The Community Domestic Violence Intervention Program (CDVIP) today announced that it was awarded a $5,000 grant from the HopeLine® from Verizon program for its One Door – One Stop Center. The announcement was made during the organization’s sixth annual Community Awareness luncheon held today at the Holiday Inn Express in North Platte.
Established in 1996, the CDVIP is a nonprofit agency that is working to provide a more consistent and coordinated response to domestic violence in Lincoln County, Neb. The One Door – One Stop Center, which opened in 2011, is a place where victims of domestic violence and sexual assault can meet with a team of people who can help with many services to eliminate the need to travel to several locations for help.
"This grant will enable us to raise awareness about the One Door – One Stop Center, so that the number of people serviced can steadily increase,” said Tonya Folk, executive director of CDVIP. “We appreciated Verizon’s support of our work against domestic violence, not only to our community, but to communities across the United States.”
“We know that bringing agency services together in one place, especially in rural areas of western Nebraska, erases barriers to service access for those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Seamus Hyland, president–Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless. “We are committed to improving the lives of citizens in the communities we serve.”
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.
Consumers can donate their devices and accessories at the Verizon Wireless Communications Store located at 901 S. Dewey St. in North Platte; or by mail using the free downloadable shipping label available online at www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
The One Door – One Stop Center is housed at the Bethel Evangelical Free Church located at 2700 West Phillip Avenue in North Platte. It is open the second Friday of each month from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For more information about the One Door – One Stop Center call 308-534-5879.
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