MONTGOMERY, Ala., Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless, a corporate leader in domestic violence awareness and prevention, today donated $2,500 and 1,800 prepaid phone cards to the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ACADV) and its network of women's shelters to help victims and survivors of domestic abuse. The monetary donation is a gift from the company's HopeLine® program and the phone cards are courtesy of Verizon LiveSource, as part of a national effort by Verizon to donate $150,000 in calling cards to domestic violence shelters across the country.
The presentation was made at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday, December 21) at the ACADV Offices in Montgomery, Ala.
ACADV is a nonprofit organization that serves 18 shelters across the state by providing help for victims of domestic violence and their children through a variety of services. ACADV will distribute the 1,800 pre-paid phone cards to its shelters. ACADV network shelters include:
- Daybreak: Jasper
- Domestic Violence Intervention Center: Auburn
- Crisis Center of Russell County: Phenix City
- Crisis Services of North Alabama: Huntsville
- Family Sunshine Center: Montgomery
- Harbor Haus/Crisis Services of Cullman: Cullman
- Harriet's House: Demopolis
- House of Ruth: Dothan
- Kelley's Rainbow: Albertville
- Lighthouse: Robertsdale
- Opportunity House: Opp
- Penelope House: Mobile
- SABRA Sanctuary: Selma
- SafeHouse of Shelby County
- Safeplace: Florence
- 2nd Chance: Anniston
- Turning Point: Tuscaloosa
- YWCA Domestic Violence Services: Birmingham
"These calling cards will be a tremendous help to women and families in need," said ACADV Executive Director Carol Gundlach. "We thank Verizon Wireless for this donation and its ongoing commitment to assist victims of domestic violence."
Verizon has a long-standing commitment to raising awareness of domestic violence and aiding in its prevention. Since 2007, the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, has awarded more than $15 million in grants to nonprofits that support victims of domestic violence.
"Verizon has a long history of taking action to aid in the prevention of domestic violence, which ultimately touches all of us. Nearly one in four women, one in nine men, and over 3 million children have been affected by domestic violence. Wireless phones and technology can serve as a vital link to emergency or support services in a time of crisis or as a reliable, safe connection to employers, family and friends as survivors rebuild their lives," said Jeff Mango, president – Georgia/Alabama Region, Verizon Wireless.
HopeLine from Verizon collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider. The phones are then refurbished or recycled in an environmentally sound way and proceeds go exclusively to domestic violence organizations. Since the launch of the cell phone recycling program, HopeLine from Verizon has:
- Collected more than 7 million phones
- Awarded more than $7.9 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country
- Distributed more than 90,000 phones with the equivalent of more than 300 million minutes of free wireless service to be used by victims of domestic violence
- Kept more than 200 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfills
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About The Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational website, Verizon Thinkfinity (www.thinkfinity.org), and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence. In 2009, the Verizon Foundation awarded $67.9 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad. It also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in $26.1 million in combined contributions to nonprofits. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation's largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 5 million hours of community service since 2000. For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizonfoundation.org.
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