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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.