Hopeline from Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) (NASDAQ: VZ) has teamed with professional football player Jason Witten´s SCORE Foundation with a USD40,000 grant to support the expansion of its SCOREkeepers program into four domestic violence shelters in Texas and Tennessee, Witten´s home state, the company said.
The SCORE Foundation established its SCOREkeepers program nearly a decade ago, seeking to place specially-trained male mentors on-staff at family shelters. This grant will provide funding to place one male counselor at Safe Place in Austin, Texas; Gatehouse in Grapevine, Texas; Helen Ross McNabb Center in Knoxville, Tenn. and Morningstar Sanctuary in Nashville, Tenn.
A longstanding supporter of domestic violence awareness and prevention, Verizon launched the HopeLine program in 2001. HopeLine provides consumers the opportunity to donate no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories in any condition from any service provider to benefit victims and survivors of domestic violence. Devices and accessories given to HopeLine are turned into valuable financial support for domestic violence awareness and prevention initiatives across the country. In 2015, Verizon collected 700,000 phones through HopeLine and distributed over USD7.0 million in cash grants to domestic violence organizations nationwide.
Verizon Communications Inc. generated nearly USD132 billion in 2015 revenues. Verizon operates a wireless network, with 113.2 million retail connections nationwide.