Verizon’s Domestic Violence Summit Proved to be a Day to Connect, Inspire and Heal

Last week, Verizon Wireless hosted a “A Day to Connect, Inspire and Heal” a Domestic Violence Summit in NYC bringing together leaders from domestic violence prevention organizations across the country and survivors to explore current issues and highlight positive and healing solutions. With over 250 people in attendance to spark a national conversation about domestic violence and to drive solutions to this societal issue, the Summit was a wonderful experience for members of the organizations and survivors alike.

 Here are what some of the attendees had to say:

“The Summit was a great opportunity to be away from the day-to-day and be with and hear from others in the field … a day to Connect, Inspire and Heal….. WOW – I know it did exactly that for me and then some…” Judith Lynn, Joe Torre Safe at Home

“It was a wonderful experience from start to finish. I had so many people come up to me and share personal experiences and tell me how things I said really inspired them. No one can ask for more than that. I did want to share something that several people told me that surprised me a little. They said they werevery glad you picked me as a survivor instead of the stereotypical case. They liked that I was strong, older, educated, etc., because it showed this can happen to anyone…. Thank you again for everything and I hope that Verizon keeps working towards change.” Julie Bush, survivor  

“It meant so much to us that we were able to be involved. The conference itself was amazing and so well organized. Thanks to Verizon Wireless for being such tireless advocates, allies and leaders in this work. It makes a real difference.”  Sharon Staples, Anti Violence Project. 

You can help by donating old wireless phones and accessories to HopeLine from Verizon, a program that helps connect domestic violence survivors to vital resources and funds domestic violence prevention organizations. Through HopeLine, the company recycles and furbishes no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories and provides wireless phones with minutes and text-messaging service to domestic violence survivors.

Join Verizon Today in Helping to Prevent Domestic Violence

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A Day to Connect, Inspire and Heal is a groundbreaking summit on domestic violence prevention intended to spark a national conversation about domestic violence and to drive solutions to this societal issue affecting millions. Throughout the day, you can watch the live stream at the link below and participate in thought-provoking conversations on topics ranging from engaging men and boys as part of the solution to working with youth to prevent teen dating violence.

Join the conversation and be part of this one-of-a-kind gathering by:

Watching the live stream

Reading Inspirational Blogs

Posting Your Comments

Verizon Hosts Summit to Raise Awareness and Drive Solutions
On Thursday, Feb. 21, approximately 300 leaders from domestic violence prevention organizations across the country will gather to explore current issues and highlight positive and healing solutions. A Day to Connect, Inspire and Heal, a summit hosted by Verizon, is intended to spark a national conversation about domestic violence and to drive solutions to this societal issue.

The Summit will be streamed live from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST on Verizon Insider. Viewers can participate in the conversations by submitting questions to expert panelists and moderators, who include prominent journalists such as Dr. Richard Besser, chief health and medical examiner of ABC News, sportscaster James Brown, and Christi Paul, CNN anchor.

Viewers can also become active by donating their old wireless phones and accessories to HopeLine from Verizon, a program that helps connect domestic violence survivors to vital resources and funds domestic violence prevention organizations. Through HopeLine, the company recycles and furbishes no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories and provides wireless phones with minutes and text-messaging service to domestic violence survivors. 
You can also take action against domestic violence with the HopeLine App for smartphones and tablets. Access domestic violence resources, learn how to donate or host a drive, text to donate, share success stories and more. A call button connects you directly to the National Network to End Domestic Violence for crisis intervention, information or referrals.
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Join the conversation and become part of the solution. 

Verizon Hosts Summit to Raise Awareness and Drive Solutions

On Thursday, Feb. 21, approximately 300 leaders from domestic violence prevention organizations across the country will gather to explore current issues and highlight positive and healing solutions. A Day to Connect, Inspire and Heal, a summit hosted by Verizon, is intended to spark a national conversation about domestic violence and to drive solutions to this societal issue.

The Summit will be streamed live from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST on Verizon Insider. Viewers can participate in the conversations by submitting questions to expert panelists and moderators, who include prominent journalists such as Dr. Richard Besser, chief health and medical examiner of ABC News, sportscaster James Brown, and Christi Paul, CNN anchor.

Viewers can also become active by donating their old wireless phones and accessories to HopeLine from Verizon, a program that helps connect domestic violence survivors to vital resources and funds domestic violence prevention organizations. Through HopeLine, the company recycles and furbishes no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories and provides wireless phones with minutes and text-messaging service to domestic violence survivors. 

You can also take action against domestic violence with the HopeLine App for smartphones and tablets. Access domestic violence resources, learn how to donate or host a drive, text to donate, share success stories and more. A call button connects you directly to the National Network to End Domestic Violence for crisis intervention, information or referrals.

Download the App for Android

Download the App for Apple

Join the conversation and become part of the solution. 

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s 9th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Support’s HopeLine from Verizon Wireless

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In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey hosted its 9th Annual Day of Service. Over 600 students and faculty turned out to volunteer and support various organizations, both on & off campus. Verizon Wireless was on campus to help raise awareness for HopeLine and kick off a year-long partnership with the school. More than 20 students, including the Residence Hall Association, volunteered to help collect no longer used devices around campus and will continue to collect devices on campus throughout the year. Faculty members will begin to incorporate HopeLine Drives into their service plans for the 2013-2014 school year.

HopeLine from Verizon puts the nation’s most reliable network to work in the community by turning no-longer used cell phones into support for domestic violence victims and survivors. Click here for more information on how you can help. 

Verizon Wireless’ Annual “Packs for Pride” Initiative Spreads Cheer to Local Children Affected By Domestic Violence & Those Impacted By Hurricane Sandy

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On Tuesday, December 11, Verizon Wireless Philadelphia Tri-State Region employees donated more than 1,200 backpacks filled with warm winter clothes, personal care items, and toys for children of families affected by domestic violence, as well as Hurricane Sandy. The employee-driven initiative is part of the annual “Packs for Pride” program, made possible through the company’s HopeLine program.

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This year’s “Packs for Pride” ceremony featured 11 local organizations at the Verizon Wireless store at the Reading Terminal Headhouse in Philadelphia. Organization representatives gathered with Verizon Wireless Philadelphia Tri-State Region President Mario Turco, Philadelphia Eagles’ Swoop, and Santa Claus to show support for victims of domestic violence and Hurricane Sandy.

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Over the past 13 years, more than 7,000 backpacks and thousands of dollars worth of items have been donated through “Packs for Pride.” This year’s participating organizations, including The Salvation Army New Jersey and Congreso will distribute the packs to children in need throughout the region this holiday season.

To find out more about Hopeline and how you can contribute visit: http://aboutus.verizonwireless.com/communityservice/hopeLine.html

Domestic Violence Entrepreneurship Program Graduation In Philadelphia, PA

At The Enterprise Center in Philadelphia PA, on Tuesday August 28, Verizon Wireless hosted a graduation ceremony for this year’s final “Pathways To Independence” graduating class. The domestic violence entrepreneurship program launched in 2011 through a $100,000 grant from Verizon Wireless and the Verizon Foundation. 

At the graduation, “Pathways To Independence” program manager, Aleea Slappy, led the ceremony with enthusiasm and grace as graduates read aloud – or sang aloud, in one candidate’s case – letters of inspiration and hope, as they prepare for the next chapter of their lives utilizing the skills and training provided from the program.

This year, twenty two women, all survivors of domestic violence, completed the “Pathways toIndependence” program. The program will continue into 2013.

Domestic Violence Survivors To Start And Expand Small Businesses With Support From Verizon Entrepreneurship Training Program

Nine women, all survivors of domestic abuse, recently graduated from a pilot project in Massachusetts called the Verizon Domestic Violence Entrepreneurship Program. The program provided training to help them start or expand their own small or home-based businesses to achieve greater financial stability and independence.

The Verizon Foundation gave the Center for Women & Enterprise a grant of $75,000 to develop and deliver an entrepreneurship curriculum tailored to meet the needs of these women entrepreneurs who have escaped the cycle of violence. Womanshelter/Compañeras and Safe Passage each received a $10,000 grant from Verizon to help support the program.

To learn more about Verizon Entrepreneurship Training Program click through.

Verizon Awards Buffalo’s Everywoman Opportunity Center $100,000 Grant To Provide Entrepreeneurship Training To Survivors Of Domestic Violence

Sixteen local participants are currently enrolled in Project Fresh Start, learning about financial literacy, taxes, legal issues, time management, and conflict/problem resolution. Graduates can apply for Verizon Wireless grant of up to $5,000. To date, 14 grants totaling $57,500 have been awarded across New York State, with more planned in 2012.

For more information on the Verizon Domestic Violence Entrepreneurship Grants, click here.

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The Verizon Domestic Violence Entrepreneurship Training Program provides funding to entrepreneurs who have escaped the cycle of violence and are ready to put their skills to work to get a home office or small business up and running.

Verizon and Sanctuary for Families Launch Entrepreneurship Training Program

Today, Sanctuary for Families, a leading local provider of services for domestic abuse survivors and their families, is launching VETI, the Verizon Entrepreneurship Training Initiative. This program provides select Sanctuary clients with entrepreneurial workshops and computer training to help budding entrepreneurs prepare to launch and operate a small business in the five boroughs. 

The program is funded by a $100,000 grant from Verizon, one of five such grants awarded to workforce development and domestic violence agencies across the state this year to teach small business skills to encourage the creation or expansion of small and home-based businesses by entrepreneurial domestic abuse survivors to help them break the cycle of violence through financial independence. 

“The VETI initiative offers empowerment through hands-on training, helping provide the basis for a secure future,” said John Wyeth, Jr.Assistant Director of Development for Institutional Giving, Sanctuary for Families.