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Verizon Wireless Also Awards $30,000 Grant to Support GCFV Annual Conference
ALPHARETTA, Ga., June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In the last decade at least 1,300 Georgians lost their lives to domestic violence. In 2013 alone, almost 59,000 of the state's citizens called into the crisis lines of certified domestic violence agencies. These sobering numbers, as stated in the Georgia Commission on Family Violence 2014 fact sheet, and many other similar statistics are why organizations that provide services to domestic violence victims around the state need support. To help ensure Georgians get the support they need, Verizon Wireless and the Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV) announced today that micro grants totaling $14,000 have been given to 18 local Domestic Violence Task Forces statewide. The funds will be used to create and execute initiatives to confront the issues addressed in the Annual GA Domestic Violence Fatality Review Report, a joint effort of GCFV and the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
"Our comprehensive Fatality Report brings to light just how pervasive domestic and dating violence is in Georgia and Verizon Wireless has always been supportive of our efforts to affect change in this area. We encouraged task forces from around the state to apply for grants and to tell us how the funds would address the issue. We were very pleased with the proposals and look forward to supporting these important projects," said Greg Loughlin, executive director, Georgia Commission on Family Violence.
Grants have been awarded to the following organizations and programs:
Additionally, Verizon Wireless is supporting GCFV's 20th Annual Statewide Family Violence Conference later this year with a $30,000 HopeLine grant. To learn more or to register for the conference, visit www.gcfv.org.
"We are pleased to once again be the primary supporter of the annual Family Violence Conference, which sheds light on this pervasive issue and drives action for change," said Jonathan LeCompte, president of Verizon Wireless' Georgia/Alabama Region. "Additionally, the micro grants given to the domestic violence task forces statewide will go far in helping Georgia to become a better, safer place for families."
For more than a decade, Verizon Wireless has been committed to the issue of domestic violence through the company's HopeLine Program. Exclusive to Verizon, HopeLine puts Verizon's technology and the nation's most reliable and largest wireless network to work in communities by turning no-longer-used wireless phones into support for victims of domestic violence and helps protect the environment by disposing of wireless phones in an environmentally sound way. Since the program's inception in 2001, Verizon has awarded more than $21.4 million in cash grants to domestic violence organizations as well as donated more than 180,000 refurbished phones, preloaded with voice minutes and text messages, to victims and survivors. For more information about HopeLine from Verizon, visit www.verizonwireless.com/HopeLine.
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