CAPE GIRARDEAU - Verizon Wireless donated $8,000 to four domestic violence advocacy organizations in southeast Missouri, $10,000 to five central Missouri agencies and another $7,000 to a statewide coalition based in Jefferson City. These donations exemplify Verizon Wireless' commitment to domestic violence prevention and awareness-building efforts in Missouri and throughout the country.
Playing an active role in supporting domestic violence survivors through its HopeLine® phone recycling program, Verizon Wireless accepts donations of no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories, then refurbishes and sells them, using the proceeds to benefit survivors of domestic violence.
The company has collected more than 3.5 million phones through the HopeLine program and has donated more than $10 million from HopeLine proceeds to organizations engaged in raising the awareness and prevention of domestic violence.
"Neighbors helping neighbors -- it's the strongest foundation of any community," said Mark Crumpton, president--Kansas/Missouri Region for Verizon Wireless. "Helping a neighbor in need is the core principle behind our successful HopeLine program. And, it's the core principle of the domestic violence agencies we recognize with these grants."
Verizon Wireless also awarded $2,000 each to four southeast Missouri domestic violence outreach organizations:
The House of Refuge for Abused and Battered Women of Sikeston assists abused women and children in New Madrid and Scott counties by providing hotline, intervention, shelter, advocacy and support group services. The agency is using its grant to build a handicapped-accessible entrance to better serve persons requiring the aid of wheelchairs, strollers and other devices.
Center for Family Resources Inc. of Malden is dedicated to the prevention and elimination of child abuse/neglect, domestic violence and homelessness as it is experienced by women and children in the Missouri Bootheel. The agency plans to purchase a new stove and install cabinets in the kitchen of its shelter with the donated funds, enabling the organization to continue providing meals for women and children seeking temporary shelter.
Safe House for Women Inc. of Cape Girardeau is a recognized leader in southeast Missouri for its provision of comprehensive and high-quality services to victims of domestic violence. Safe House will use this grant to equip its temporary shelter with additional beds and dressers.
Haven House of Poplar Bluff is one of the oldest rural domestic violence programs in Missouri. The agency is using its donation to fund approximately one year's worth of quarterly newsletters.
The largest of the HopeLine grants--a gift of $7,000--was awarded to the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV). Based in Jefferson City, the statewide membership coalition of organizations and individuals works to end violence against women and children through public education, technical and training assistance, alliance communication and issue research. MCADSV will use the funds to produce updated informational and membership brochures.
"The Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence is grateful for this donation from Verizon Wireless," said Lisa Weingarth with MCADSV,