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Verizon donates $20,000 to KAAP

KINGMAN - HopeLine, a Verizon Wireless national program to end domestic violence, recently provided a $20,000 grant to Kingman Aid to Abused People to expand its outreach in the community.

KAAP is a nonprofit agency serving Mohave County families who have been affected by domestic violence. Since 1985, KAAP has been providing emergency shelter and supportive services to female and male victims who are seeking to break the cycle of abuse in their lives. Verizon's HopeLine program offers financial assistance to domestic violence prevention programs across the nation.

"KAAP is honored to partner with Verizon Wireless HopeLine," said Suzanne Clarke, executive director of KAAP. "This donation from them will help us reach out to those who need our services in the community. It will be used to increase 'frontline' advocacy support staff in effort to serve victims within the emergency shelter and meet the growing demand for services."

The HopeLine program collects discarded wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any wireless carrier. Phones that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally sound way. Proceeds from the program are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and nonprofit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.

Since 1985, KAAP's extensive domestic violence program has been providing prevention and intervention for all female victims, as well as male victims under the age of 15, within the shelter. Adult male victims are served through the community outreach office and placed in rooms throughout the area.

KAAP services include a 16-bed emergency shelter with 14 overflow beds, 24-hour hotline, victims and legal advocacy, case management, individual and group counseling, emergency financial assistance, transportation, referrals to community resources, an extensive children's program, a family pet kennel and a community educational program.

KAAP also is very active in the community providing education and awareness presentations and trainings on teen dating violence, elder abuse and domestic violence. The agency's funding comes from grants, corporate sponsorship, fund-raising and private donations.

HopeLine phone donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications stores across the nation. For more information about the program, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

For more on KAAP, call (928) 753-6222 or visit www.mykaap.org.