UNI's Center for Violence Prevention receives funding from Verizon Wireless' Hopeline Program

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Violence Prevention has been awarded a $15,000 grant from Verizon HopeLine® in support of the organization’s Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program.

"This generous gift from Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine Program supports our efforts across the state of Iowa to partner closely with school and community leaders to challenge social norms that support violence and abuse. Our mission is to create safe and respectful school environments, homes and neighborhoods for everyone," said Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Center for Violence Prevention.

MVP is a widely acclaimed leadership program that motivates both men and women to play a central role in preventing gender violence. It inspires leadership by equipping teenage individuals with tools to effect change in their peer cultures, as well as with younger students.

“We are proud to support an organization like the Center for Violence Prevention,” said Domenico D'Ambrosio, president of Verizon Wireless in Iowa. “HopeLine has been a passion for Verizon Wireless for almost 15 years, and we are proud to help play a role in ending domestic violence in our communities.” 

Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program supports domestic violence prevention and awareness programs across the country.

For more information on the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Violence Prevention, visit cvp.uni.edu/


The mission of the Center for Violence Prevention is to build the capacity of institutions of higher education, K through 12 schools, victim service agencies, law enforcement and the criminal justice system to implement violence prevention and evaluation strategies in collaboration with state, family and community partners.


Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program supports domestic violence prevention and awareness programs across the country. HopeLine started in 2001 because they believe they have the network, technology and people to help make a difference. Verizon has a longstanding commitment to ending domestic violence in the communities where people live and work.

Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program collects no-longer used 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.


Alan Heisterkamp, director, Mentors in Violence Prevention Institute and UNI Center for Violence Prevention, 319-273-3545, alan.heisterkamp@uni.edu

Shelby Wiersma, Weber Shandwick, 952-346-6038, swiersma@webershandwick.com

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu