State’s Attorney Alvarez Teams With Verizon Wireless to Present Funding for Chicago Organizations Combating Domestic Violence

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez recently joined official from Verizon Wireless to discuss efforts to raise awareness about domestic violence and to help award $35,000 in grant funding to two Chicago-based organizations promoting domestic violence awareness and prevention efforts. State’s Attorney Alvarez and Verizon Regional President Brian Pascoe presented the grant funding to the ChicagoMetropolitan Battered Women’s Network and Chicago Says No More, a new domestic violence advocacy organization at the Verizon Wireless Destination Store on north Michigan Avenue in Chicago.  The grants are being provided through Verizon’s Hopeline program, which collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and chargers and refurbishes them with the proceeds going to fund domestic violence awareness and prevention organizations. Verizon also donates wireless phones through the Hopeline Program todomestic violence shelters and non-profit organizations for use by victims and survivors. The $25,000 grant to the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network will help support an enhanced domestic violence response project involving the 14th Chicago Police Department District, the Chicago Department of Family Support Services and the Cook County State's Attorney. The $10,000 grant to Chicago Says No More will focus on education, awareness, and efforts to engage Chicago area residents to take a personal pledge to address the devastating pervasiveness of domestic violence and its impact on families and children.