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September 21, 2017

For Immediate Release

HOPELINE® FROM VERIZON DONATION HELPS WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S ALLIANCE AID SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE 

Funds to Provide Financial Literacy Education

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Boise, Idaho – The Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA), a nonprofit agency serving those 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.

“This donation from Verizon Wireless will help us reach out to those who need our services in the community,” said Bev La Chance, WCA Deputy Director.

The grant funds will be used to provide financial literacy education to victims of domestic and/or sexual violence. This component to the WCA’s direct victim services is a collaborative partnership using evidence-based curriculum designed to empower women to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Through personal financial and money management education, victims of domestic violence can move toward greater economic and personal autonomy and move away from abuser dependency.

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.  Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program supports domestic violence prevention and awareness programs in Boise and nationwide.

“Our goal is to ensure, as best we can, that our moms do not face the difficult choice of returning themselves and their children to an abusive relationship in order to maintain a roof over their heads, or becoming another homeless statistic due to domestic violence.”

“As you know, the issue of domestic violence is pervasive in our communities. And it’s only through working with groups like yours [the WCA] that together we can make a difference and end DV.” said Meagan Dorsch, external relations for Verizon.

In addition to financial literacy education, the WCA offers safe shelter, two 24-hotlines, counseling, support groups, court advocacy, education and a variety of other integrated services and programs to women, men and children victimized by abuse.

HopeLine phone donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications stores across the nation. For more information about HopeLine, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

For more information about Women’s and Children’s Alliance, call 208-343-3688 or visit www.wcaboise.org.

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