SOUTHFIELD — Verizon Wireless donated $5,000 to CARE House of Oakland County, which provides programs and services for children and families to help prevent child abuse and neglect.
Made possible through phones donated to HopeLine from Verizon, the funds will support the Stewards of Children (SOC), a sexual abuse prevention training program that educates adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
CARE House of Oakland County has provided SOC training to nearly 10,000 individuals since 2008. Training is provided at no cost to participants.
CARE House of Oakland County has served tens of thousands of children and families since 1977, with its advocacy, community outreach, intervention, prevention and treatment programs and services. It has taken a proactive approach in addressing the issues of child abuse and neglect, and has continued that mission-critical goal through programs and services that model its core belief; it shouldn’t hurt to be a child.
“We thank Verizon for their long-term commitment to ending the epidemic of abuse,” said Carol Furlong, executive director, CARE House of Oakland County. “The HopeLine program has been an important contributor to our efforts to protect children in our community from abuse and neglect.”
Through HopeLine from Verizon, the company collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any carrier and turns them into support for domestic violence survivors. Phones collected through HopeLine are either refurbished and sold or recycled, and proceeds are donated to organizations that work against domestic violence in the form of cash grants and prepaid Verizon Wireless phones for survivors.
Last year, Verizon donated nearly $400,000 in cash grants to nonprofit organizations across Michigan. The company also donated nearly 3.4 million minutes of service to domestic violence organizations for use by the clients they serve.