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Verizon Gives Nonprofits $200K to Address Domestic Violence

The Verizon Foundation announced that it is donating $200,000 to 19 Massachusetts nonprofits to support programs that engage men in the prevention of domestic violence, promote healthy relationships among teens and young adults, and use technology to improve the reach of services that help survivors.

The nonprofit agencies were honored by Verizon [on Friday, October 28, 2011] at event attended by more than 100 community leaders Northeastern University. Keynoters were two leaders in men's engagement initiatives: Angelo McClain, Massachusetts commissioner of child and family services, and Don McPherson, activist, ESPN college football analyst and College Football Hall of Famer.

Jarrod Chin, director for training and curriculum at Sport in Society, a center affiliated with Northeastern’ College of Professional Studies, said, "The Verizon Foundation understands the importance of engaging men, as well as teens and young adults, to break the cycle of domestic and sexual violence. The foundation's support enables agencies across Massachusetts to continue to improve the reach of their services, resulting in stronger families, and communities."

In the past five years, the Verizon Foundation has awarded nearly $1.5 million to nonprofits that focus on domestic violence in Massachusetts.

"Domestic violence is an epidemic that affects far too many families," said Christine Berberich, regional president of Verizon Wireless. "We understand that men play an important role in finding a solution to this problem, and we are supporting more programs that raise their awareness and level of engagement. Verizon has a long history of using its technology and financial resources to educate people about abuse, the steps needed for prevention, and assisting those who are trapped in abusive relationships to get help and restore their lives."

Receiving funding were the following nonprofits:

  • Asian Taskforce Against Domestic Violence, Boston, $10,000
  • Boston Medical Center, Boston, $5,000
  • Casa Myrna Vazquez, Boston, $10,000
  • Community Health Link, Worcester, $5,000
  • DOVE, Inc., Quincy, $10,000
  • Elizabeth Freeman Center, Pittsfield, $10,000
  • Girl’s Inc. of Worcester, Worcester, $10,000
  • Healing Abuse Working for Change, Salem, $10,000
  • Impact, Malden, $10,000
  • Independence House, Hyannis, $10,000
  • Jane Doe Inc., Boston, $25,000
  • Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, Newburyport, $25,000
  • Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, Cambridge/Lowell, $10,000
  • Reach Beyond Domestic Violence, Waltham, $10,000
  • Respond, Inc., Somerville, $10,000
  • Voices Against Violence, Framingham, $10,000
  • Womanshelter/Compañeras, Holyoke, $5,000
  • YWCA of Haverhill, Haverhill, $5,000
  • YWCA of Western Massachusetts, Springfield, $10,000


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