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Lt. Gov. Steve Pence Presents Grant Funding to Domestic Violence Shelters in Louisville and Lexington

Funding generated through statewide HopeLine® wireless phone drive

On June 29, Lt. Gov. Steve Pence delivered grant checks of $2,500 each to the Center for Women and Families in Louisville and the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program (BDVP) in Lexington.  The funding was made possible through Verizon Wireless and its HopeLine® program, to which Kentucky state employees donated wireless phones throughout the winter months.

“I want to thank all of our state employees for their generosity and willingness to donate to this worthy cause.  The response we received was tremendous,” said Lt. Gov. Pence. 

HopeLine® was created 11 years ago by Verizon Wireless as a phone recycling program to benefit victims of domestic violence.  HopeLine® accepts no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories from any vendor.  Most of the donated phones and equipment are refurbished and sold with proceeds going to support domestic violence awareness and prevention programs.  Since its inception, the program has collected more than 2.5 million phones.

In late November 2005, Lt. Gov. Pence kicked off the statewide wireless phone drive.  More than 100 Hopeline® bins were located in state buildings across Kentucky.  The bins were then collected in January and the phones were counted and shipped back to the Hopeline® program.

"This donation is particularly gratifying to give because it exemplifies the immense importance of having strong community partners to our HopeLine® Program, like the lieutenant governor and his office,” said Michelle Gilbert, public relations manager for Verizon Wireless’ Kentucky/Indiana/Michigan Region.  “Their commitment to collect old wireless equipment across the many departments of state government has been instrumental in our ability to help domestic violence organizations and the families they assist—as clearly demonstrated here today.”

“The Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program is extremely grateful to Lt. Gov. Pence and all the state employees who helped make this donation possible,” said Executive Director Darlene Thomas.  “Verizon Wireless has been a tremendous partner in our efforts to keep women and families safe by providing financial support and emergency phone service through its HopeLine® program.  The BDVP understands that partnerships and community involvement are vital to building successful programs, safe families and violence-free communities.  With the support of Lt. Gov. Pence and every state employee who donated a phone, we say thank you for helping us continue our mission.”

In less than two months, state employees contributed more than 1,500 wireless phones and accessories to Lt. Gov. Pence’s Hopeline® drive, which began November 22nd, 2005 and ended in early January 2006.

“It was a great honor to deliver this funding to shelters in Louisville and Lexington as a result of our HopeLine® drive.  I commend our state employees for donating to Hopeline®,” concluded Lt. Gov. Pence. 


Last Updated 7/25/2006