BOLIVAR, MO — Verizon Wireless announced today that it has donated $ 2,000 to the Polk County House of Hope, based in Bolivar, as part of the company's national HopeLine® from Verizon program, which is dedicated to assisting communities, local shelters and agencies in ending domestic violence. The Polk County House of Hope is one of 26 domestic violence prevention organizations in Missouri that will be receiving funds to support local education programs and shelter operations.
"We are pleased to recognize and support the work of the Polk County House of Hope, said Brendan Fallis, president Kansas/Missouri region, Verizon Wireless. "Their efforts to end domestic violence in the communities of Polk County have made a tremendous difference in the lives of families of domestic abuse and have raised community awareness of the need for prevention and intervention programs. Verizon Wireless has a long-standing commitment to domestic violence prevention, awareness and advocacy. Through our HopeLine program, we are fortunate to be able to work with respected local organizations like the Polk County House of Hope across the United States."
The Polk County House of Hope provides immediate and long-term safety to victims of domestic and sexual violence and their children through a hotline, victim services, emergency shelter or placement in a safe facility, and connection to community resources. The organization works to prevent future violence through education, intervention, and advocacy at the individual, local, and state levels.
HopeLine from Verizon puts the nation's most reliable wireless network to work in the community by turning no-longer-used wireless phones into support for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Proceeds from the HopeLine program are used to provide wireless phones and airtime to victims of domestic violence and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention. Since the launch of the HopeLine phone recycling program in 2001, this initiative has collected more than 7 million phones, given out more than $7.9 million in cash grants and distributed more than 90,000 phones with more than 300 million minutes of free wireless service.
For more information about HopeLine from Verizon visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline. If you or someone you know is a domestic violence victim call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 to talk to a counselor. All calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline are confidential.
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