May 12, 2010 | Healthcare
Shower for the Shelter Campaign Invites the Public to Participate
The Verizon Foundation and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) launched the annual Shower for the Shelter campaign in May. This is the Verizon Foundation's fourth year of conducting the effort, and for the first time, the public is invited to participate.
The goal is to collect and donate clothing, personal items and household supplies needed by shelters that serve survivors of domestic violence. Members of the public are invited to make tax deductible online contributions to help support domestic violence shelters around the country at www.nnedv.org/verizon. They may do so until May 28.
Verizon employees are encouraged to donate supplies at any of the company's more than 300 office locations. Since the program's launch in 2007, Verizon employees have collected more than $1 million worth of household items.
On Sept. 15, 2009, NNEDV held its annual census of domestic violence services across the U.S. In a 24-hour period, 1,648 of the country's almost 2,000 shelters that responded to the survey:
- served 32,524 domestic violence victims in emergency shelters
- reported 5,537 unmet requests from victims seeking emergency shelter or transitional housing
- 40 percent of the programs unable to provide services identified lack of funding and
- 24 percent reported no available beds or funding for hotels.
"The needs of domestic violence shelters continue to be critical and run deep," said Verizon Foundation President Patrick Gaston. "We are proud to partner with NNEDV in coordinating this campaign and broadening its reach."
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