Verizon Grants Awarded for Interpreter Services and Outreach Materials
The Verizon Foundation recently awarded the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence with two grants totaling $10,000.
The first grant, for $5,000, will enable the Coalition's member programs to hire interpreters to provide in person language services to victims. This is the third year that Verizon Wireless has provided funding for this service. Advocates and member programs report that this funding has been life altering for many survivors because it allows enhanced access to services. For example, several deaf survivors who previously had been unable to take part in support groups are now doing so with the assistance of American Sign Language Interpretation.
The additional $5,000 grant will allow the Coalition to purchase outreach materials containing the statewide hotline information. Funding for these materials has diminished greatly over the last several years, and this private support from Verizon is now vital. Recent surveys found that 28% of New Hampshire women and 50% of New Hampshire men do not know how to access domestic violence and sexual assault services in their community. It remains critical that outreach and awareness materials continue to be distributed so victims know where to get help. Our member programs will distribute these materials at various trainings, presentations, schools, and outreach events in their communities.