Children's Center in Monett to benefit from $2,000 grant

Friday, December 31, 2010

The Children's Advocacy Center of Southwest Missouri, based in Monett, is the recipient of a $2,000 grant from Verizon Wireless.

Verizon made the donation as part of the company's national HopeLine program, which is dedicated to assisting communities, local shelters and agencies in ending domestic violence. The Children's Center in Monett is one of 26 domestic violence prevention organizations in Missouri that will be receiving funds to support local education programs and shelter operations.

"We are pleased to recognize and support the work of the Child Advocacy Center," said Brendan Fallis, president of Verizon Wireless' Kansas/Missouri region. "Their efforts to end child abuse and domestic violence in southwest Missouri have made a tremendous difference in the lives of families of domestic abuse and have raised community awareness of the need for prevention and intervention programs."

The Children's Center in Monett is a not-for-profit agency that serves area children who are severely physically or sexually abused. As a child advocacy center, it provides a safe, child-friendly setting where law enforcement and Children's Division personnel can conduct investigations of alleged child abuse. The Children's Center staff also offer advocacy, referrals and prevention education.

Verizon's HopeLine turns no longer used wireless phones into support for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Proceeds from the program are used to provide wireless phones and airtime to victims of domestic violence and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention.

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