Verizon is pledging $500,000 to help domestic violence survivors become entrepreneurs. The initial $100,000 grants awarded to workforce development programs, in partnership with local domestic violence advocacy agencies, in New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany.
Grants will fund the development of pilot training programs designed to help survivors learn valuable business skills they can use to start or expand a small business, leading to greater financial stability and independence which are key to escaping the cycle of violence.
Through HopeLine, Verizon Wireless has donated $7,500 to Resources for Children with Special Needs. RCSN works with New York families throughout the five boroughs who have children with disabilities and other special needs to help them understand, navigate, and access the services needed to ensure that all children have the opportunity to develop their full potential.
"We are very grateful for the grant from HopeLine from Verizon," said Rachel Howard, Executive Director of RCSN. "It will allow us to expand our current educational programs and ensure that more NYC families affected by domestic violence have the chance to heal and grow together."
In 2001 Verizon started using recycled cell phones to help victims of domestic violence and since its beginning they have collected over 8 million phones and awarded more than $10 million in grants to agencies and organizations to help bring about awareness and support to victims of domestic violence. We the people can now help to bring about a change.
The next time you go in to upgrade your device remember to donate your phone to the HopeLine. Also if you know anyone looking to get a program or business started that has been a victim of domestic violence, Verizon is giving Entrepreneurship Grants to help. The grants range from $1000 to $5000 and can be used for virtually anything to launch a business, from office equipment to tuition for business courses.
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Verizon launched a $25,000 grant program Tuesday to help former victims become entrepreneurs. The announcement was made as Gov. Bob McDonnell signed seven pieces of legislation aimed at helping prisoners transition out of incarceration.
Eligible applicants can get grants from $1,000 to $5,000 to help secure a work space, purchase office equipment or inventory or cover other business-related expenses. The deadline to apply is Sept. 15.
The entrepreneurship program was part of $125,000 in grants Verizon dedicated to combat domestic violence through educational and work force development programs. Another $10,000 grant will help provide counseling and rehabilitative services to ex-offenders upon their release to help them avoid returning to the cycle of domestic violence in their new lives.
With drop boxes in stores throughout the United States, a free printablemailing label, and an eco-friendly trade-in program, Verizon Wireless makes it easy for customers to recycle old cellphones, as well as batteries, accessories, and tablet devices, during National Cell Phone Recycling Week and year-round.
Verizon Wireless offers its customers several options for recycling their old devices. HopeLine®from Verizon collects devices and accessories at the company’s 2,000 Communications Stores nationwide or by mail to help victims of domestic violence.
To learn how to donate phones, accessories or batteries to HopeLine, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline or go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnkDUsmkQlk to learn more about HopeLine’s recycling efforts.