HopeLine® from Verizon donation helps DSVS aid survivors of domestic violence

Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (DSVS), a non-profit agency serving Carbon and Stillwater County families whose lives have been touched by the national epidemic of domestic violence, recently received a HopeLine® from Verizon grant of $10,000 to expand its work. Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program supports domestic violence prevention and awareness programs in Carbon and Stillwater Counties and nationwide. “This generous donation for Verizon Wireless will help us reach out to those who need our services in the community,” said Kelly Heaton, DSVS Executive Director. “It will be used to provide vital services, including emergency shelter, transportation and a free 24-hour helpline, as well as to continue our prevention and education efforts throughout the community.” The HopeLine program collects no-longer used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any wireless carrier. Phones that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally sound way. Proceeds from the program are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness. “Through the HopeLine program we are able to invest in programs that enhance prevention through education and that provide relief and services for survivors,” said Chris Lewter, regional president of Verizon Wireless. “This way we can help raise awareness about domestic violence and support the organizations which serve the communities where our customers and employees live and work.” HopeLine phone donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications stores across the nation. For more information about HopeLine, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline. DSVS serves individuals, families and communities impacted by physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and promotes healthy, equitable, violence-free relationships. For more information about DSVS, call 406-446-2296 or visit www.dsvsmontana.org.