INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Verizon Wireless and the Verizon Foundation have donated more than $300,000 in cash grants, phones and airtime to shelters and other organizations in Indiana working to support victims of domestic violence and their families. In central Indiana, the following shelters and agencies received support:
- Salvation Army Social Service Center in Indianapolis received $10,000 for its emergency bed space program;
- Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Indianapolis received $5,000 in appreciation of Indiana state employees' participation in a special HopeLine® drive in which 540 no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories were collected;
- Stopover's Family Violence Prevention Program in Indianapolis was awarded $9,969 for helping families prevent a crisis from escalating into violence through training and curriculum;
- Sheltering Wings in Danville received $8,000 to help fund its Children's Program, which addresses the immediate needs of children while providing long-term guidance to help them become adults who are capable of entering into and sustaining healthy relationships, and;
- Coburn Place Safe Haven in Indianapolis, Family Service of Central Indiana in Indianapolis, Prevail, Inc. in Noblesville and Sheltering Wings Center for Women in Danville collectively received $50,400 in donated phones and airtime.
Most of the donations are a result of the company's successful HopeLine program, which turns no-longer-used wireless phones into support for victims of domestic violence. Wireless phones, batteries and other accessories are collected at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide and in special collections throughout the year. The phones are either refurbished for reuse or recycled in an environmentally sound way.
This October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Verizon Wireless encourages all wireless phone users to donate any used wireless equipment to its HopeLine program. In the greater Indianapolis area, phones and accessories can be dropped off at any Verizon Wireless location.
"Domestic violence affects more than 30 percent of American women during their lifetime," said Greg Haller, president-Indiana/Kentucky/Michigan Region, Verizon Wireless. "I highly encourage everyone to dig through their closets, ask friends and family members for their used phones and accessories, and donate as much wireless equipment as possible to the HopeLine program and help make a difference in the lives of the victims in Indianapolis and throughout Indiana."
Since October 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 4 million phones, donated more than $4 million and provided more than 45,000 wireless phones with wireless service to local organizations nationwide that provide direct services and support to victims as they work to rebuild their lives.
For more information on Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program and on how to donate a wireless phone, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline. For more information on the Verizon Foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation.
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