Verizon Foundation supports the Jewish Women International’s National Library Initiative with a $10,000 grant to fun children’s library in domestic violence shelter

The Verizon Foundation has donated a $10,000 grant to the Jewish Women International’s (JWI) National Library Initiative to fund the construction of a children’s library within The Center for Women and Families in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Center for Women and Families serves as a temporary home to victims of domestic violence and provides counseling and education to survivors and their families. The new library will be equipped with 150 new books, new furniture and area rugs. In addition, Verizon Wireless and its Kentucky employees have donated hundreds of books for the Center’s children.

“This new library demonstrates our ongoing commitment to making a difference in the communities where we live and work,” said Michelle Gilbert, Verizon Wireless public relations manager for the Kentucky/Indiana/Michigan region, who delivered the additional children’s books donated by Verizon Wireless and its employees. “We hope this library at The Center for Women and Families feeds the creativity of children in temporary refuge and strengthens their desire to learn.”

JWI’s National Library Initiative was launched in 2006 with a mission to establish 100 children’s libraries in domestic violence shelters across the United States. Through these efforts, the youngest victims of domestic violence will have a place of solitude in unfamiliar surroundings, and a literary refuge under difficult circumstances that will help them to continue to learn and grow.

“All too often, women and children fleeing from an abusive home aren’t able to bring anything with them,” said Brandy Bernauer, Supervisor of child advocacy for The Center for Women and Families. “A library for children can be of particular comfort, especially when children are forced to leave behind all that is familiar and comfortable, such as books and toys”.

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