Written by Kyle Bluth Friday, 29 October 2010 00:00
Verizon looked to continue fostering a greater sense of hope at a recent press conference in Massapequa when Pedro Correa, president of Verizon LiveSource, announced the donation of 30,000 pre-paid calling cards that will be going to 30 different NYC metropolitan area shelters working to support victims caught in the grip of domestic violence. These local contributions are just one aspect of Verizon’s planned nationwide distribution of calling cards worth an estimated $150,000.
“Taking action on issues surrounding domestic violence has long been at the core of the corporate identity of Verizon,” said Correa. “In the past three years, the Verizon foundation has awarded more than 15 million dollars to non-profit organizations that have assisted domestic violence survivors nationwide.”
One of those agencies, the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence has been helping victims for 30 years. Located in Bethpage, they stand alone as the only full service domestic violence and sexual assault provider in Nassau County that offers the entire array of assistance to individuals – housing, legal, counseling and advocacy.
Their Executive Director of Operations, Sharon Hoahing, discussed how such an assumedly small gift makes a world of difference.
“That little card is something that is extremely valuable because it gets the domestic violence victim support,” Ms. Hoahing said. “This card gives them a safe way of reaching someone out there for help. We thank each and every one of you for everything that you’ve done.”
Long Island organizations that will receive donated, pre-paid calling cards include: Brighter Tomorrows, Inc. (Shirley), Círculo de la Hispanidad, Inc. (Hempstead), The Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence Inc. (Bayshore), The Retreat, Inc. (East Hampton), Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Bethpage), and Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (Holbrook).
Verizon has been involved with this growing social issue since 1995, beginning with the Hopeline phone recycling program. Through this program, more than seven million wireless phones have been collected via Hopeline drives, eventually becoming refurbished, recycled or sold. The collected revenue has then been donated to domestic violence advocacy groups in the form of cash grants and prepaid wireless phones for survivors. Since 2001, Verizon Wireless has given out more than $7.9 million in cash grants, and distributed more than 90,000 Hopeline phones.