PROVIDENCE — The East Providence Prevention Coalition (EPPC) was among seven Rhode Island nonprofits to receive a total of $45,000 in grants from the Verizon Foundation to boost their domestic violence prevention efforts. The nonprofits were recognized at a training session hosted by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
The Rhode Island organizations are among 42 nonprofit agencies across New England receiving a total of $335,000 in Verizon Foundation grants to support domestic violence prevention services and programs. The foundation is focusing its support on programs that engage men in domestic violence awareness and prevention; mobilize teens to engage in healthy relationships and in spreading domestic violence prevention; help survivors transition through economic empowerment programs; and support families through health care initiatives. They include:
The EPPC received $5,000. Its Townie Leadership Academy (TLA) addresses teen dating violence and uses the Mentors in Violence Prevention Program (MVP) curriculum. The MVP program is a gender violence, bullying, and school violence prevention approach that encourages young men and women to take on leadership roles in their schools and communities. The training is focused on an innovative “bystander” model that empowers each student to take an active role in promoting a positive school climate. In this model, a “bystander” is defined as a family member, friend, classmate, teammate, coworker—anyone who is embedded in a family, school, social, or professional relationship with someone who might in some way be abusive or experiencing abuse.
“It is through our partnerships with business leaders such as Verizon that we are able to strengthen vital programs to significantly maximize our outreach efforts in ending domestic violence,” said Deborah DeBare, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “This grant will support the work of our Ten Men Project by giving our male allies additional resources to raise domestic violence awareness in men, and a platform to change the social norms and other behaviors that contribute to violence against women. That so many organizations were also supported, is a testament to Verizon’s commitment and sends a clear message that together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault.”
“Verizon has a long history of using its technology and financial resources to invest in programs that help survivors of domestic violence rebuild their lives while raising awareness of the issue,” said Michele Cinquegrano, Regional Director of Government Affairs for Verizon. “The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the other domestic violence service providers across the state conduct critical work each day to prevent violence while advocating for the rights and safety of survivors. Verizon is proud to support their heroic efforts.”