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Verizon to Invest $125,000 to Support Domestic Violence Outreach, Prevention, Education and Awareness Programs in Virginia
Date:6/21/2011

ing startup funding to survivors of domestic violence promotes economic self-sufficiency and helps ensure long-term safety and stability.

In 2011, the Verizon Foundation's domestic violence prevention priorities include: engaging men in domestic violence awareness and prevention; mobilizing teens to engage in healthy relationships; and spreading domestic violence prevention and awareness through the sharing of the documentary "Telling Amy's Story," available at www.telling.psu.edu.

"Domestic violence devastates families and communities," said Mike Maiorana, regional president for the Virginia/D.C./Maryland region of Verizon Wireless.  "The Domestic Violence Entrepreneurship Program from Verizon Wireless recognizes that the character traits and problem-solving skills which survivors relied upon to escape the cycle of violence are identical to the skills needed to successfully bring an entrepreneurial venture to life.  We hope to enable survivors to use their grit, determination and hard-won skills to step into an entrepreneurial role and achieve economic independence."

Robert Woltz Jr., president of Verizon Virginia, said, "As a major employer and corporate citizen across Virginia, Verizon cares deeply about the communities we serve.  That's why we are always striving to find creative solutions to social issues such as domestic violence."

Since 2007, the Verizon Foundation has donated more than $820,000 to domestic violence prevention and service programs in Virginia.  Nationally, it has awarded more than $21 million in grants to nonprofits that support victims of domestic violence.  

Under the HopeLine program, no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories are collected at Verizon Wireless stores, or by mail, to help victims of domestic violence.  The devices are refur
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