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Verizon gives $400,000 to Indiana not-for-profits

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Verizon Wireless has contributed $400,000 to Indiana not-for-profits, with about half the amount going to domestic violence agencies.

The company said on Thursday that it gave money to 19 domestic violence organizations in Indiana. They included the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Network of Greater Indianapolis and The Julian Center.

Verizon provided the funding through its Verizon Foundation and HopeLine program. At Indiana’s 36 company-owned retail stores and through pre-paid mail options, Hoosiers can donate old phones and accessories to HopeLine.

Verizon provides the refurbished phones and airtime to not-for-profits for use by domestic violence victims. Local shelters also receive cash grants to focus on prevention, awareness and advocacy.

In 2010, Verizon donated more than 731 phones and more than 2.1 million free minutes to residents of Indiana shelters.

The Verizon Foundation supports personal philanthropic giving made by Verizon employees and retirees. Employees can earn cash grants and even a match from Verizon for not-for-profits where they volunteer at least 50 hours a year.

Based in New York City, Verizon makes contributions to domestic violence agencies in honor of employee Amy Homan McGee, who was shot and killed by her husband in 2001 in Pennsylvania.

Penn State Public Broadcasting, with funding from the Verizon Foundation, made the documentary "Telling Amy’s Story," which they screened in May 2010 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
 

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