Verizon Donates $104,295 to West Michigan Organizations

Shandra Martinez
December 14, 2011

GRAND RAPIDS – Verizon is donating $104,295 in grant money to several West Michigan organizations dedicated to ending domestic violence, the wireless communications company announced Wednesday.
Grants were awarded to the Center for Women in Transition in Holland and the following Grand Rapids organizations: Dwelling Place, Family Futures, Jewish Women International, Project COOL and Safe Haven Ministries. Three other West Michigan non-profits also received grants to support their ongoing client services. They are Domestic Violence Coalition, in Paw Paw; Women’s Information Services, in Big Rapids; and the YWCA of Kalamazoo.
In 2011, Verizon donated more than $500,000 in grants across Michigan, with two-thirds benefiting domestic violence organizations. Funding comes from the Verizon Foundation and HopeLine, which collects and refurbishes used wireless phones, batteries and accessories to raise funds to support organizations that provide support to domestic violence survivors.

“Verizon is committed to helping break the cycle of domestic violence by supporting outstanding organizations in Michigan that have a track record of success with public outreach and education to prevent future violence, as well as programs that serve individuals and families who have survived abuse,” said Michelle Gilbert, public relations manager– for the Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky region for Verizon Wireless.