More than 600 Verizon Wireless employees, many from the company's Warren offices and at the Verizon center in Basking Ridge, took a break Wednesday for a fundraiser as part of Domestic Violence Awareness month in October.
The effort to support HopeLine, a program aimed at combatting domestic violence, brought together Verizon employees for an afternoon of fun and fitness while also helping survivors of domestic violence.
Walks were held at Verizon offices from throughout the Northeast, with a large number of those employees at the Basking Ridge facility, said a Verizon spokesman. HopeLine from Verizon is donating $100 (up to $50,000) to the National Domestic Violence Hotline for every employee who participated, the spokesman said.
In addition to the walk, VZW employees and participants will also bring no-longer-used wireless phones, chargers, and accessories to donate to the HopeLine program.
Through HopeLine, Verizon Wireless donates wireless phones and airtime to victims of domestic violence, and provides funding and other contributions to non-profit domestic violence shelters and prevention programs across the country.
This year, the participants in Basking Ridge were treated to a special performance by up-and-coming R&B teen sensation, Jasmine V.