ORANGEBURG, NY — The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families in New York City is one of three nonprofit organizations to benefit from $30,000 in grants announced today by Verizon Wireless. The grants, $10,000 each, were awarded to fund new or expanded domestic violence prevention and education programs in the New York Metro area and were made possible through the company's HopeLine® wireless phone recycling program. Other 2005 HopeLine grant recipients are the Passaic County Women's Center in Paterson, NJ, and the Rutgers University Foundation in New Brunswick, NJ.
Verizon Wireless created its HopeLine program 10 years ago to put the company's wireless products and services to work to help victims of domestic violence enhance their safety. The cornerstone of the program is the recycling of no-longer-used wireless phones, collected at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores throughout the New York Metro area and 1,200 stores across the nation. Proceeds from the program were used to fund the three $10,000 grants. During the past three years, Verizon Wireless has awarded nine grants in New York and New Jersey, totaling $90,000, in addition to numerous phone and cash donations.
"All community-minded citizens who turned in their old wireless phones at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores have helped to make these grants possible," said Charles Hand, Verizon Wireless New York Metro Region president. "Clearly, the HopeLine phone recycling program is working to support domestic violence prevention and help women re-build their lives."
The HopeLine grant to the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families will support 19 workshops for Bronx students, their parents, and the community at Walton High School in the Bronx. The workshops will address issues such as intimate partner violence, communication and relationship skills, myths about abuse, the cycle of violence and devising a safety plan. The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families chose Walton for its pilot program because 68% of its students are Latino, and because CHCF's current work at Walton revealed a need to address these issues which are prevalent in the school community.
"Our goal is to insure a healthy and productive future for Latino youth and their families," said Elba Montalvo, Executive Director of the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. "One of the first steps toward that goal is to educate our youth and their families and help prevent future incidents of dating or domestic violence. The HopeLine grant from Verizon Wireless will allow us to take these important first steps."
As a result of HopeLine and related phone recycling programs the company has organized since 1995, Verizon Wireless has collected more than 2.5 million used wireless phones for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups, including nearly 100,000 wireless handsets in the New York Metro area. Donations are accepted at all 73 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the New York Metro area. For store locations and additional information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline. For additional information about HopeLine, visit the HopeLine Web site at www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
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