MORRISTOWN, NJ — Continuing its commitment to domestic violence prevention and awareness, Verizon Wireless recently donated 25 wireless phones and airtime to Jersey Battered Women's Service, Inc., a Morris Plains-based non-profit agency providing life-saving services to victims of domestic violence and their families.
The donation was made possible through the company's HopeLine® Phone Recycling Program. No-longer-used wireless phones, collected at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores throughout the New York Metro area, are refurbished, recycled or sold and the proceeds are donated to domestic violence advocacy groups or used to purchase wireless phones for victims. Phones that cannot be refurbished are disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.
Jersey Battered Women's Service (JBWS) will lend the phones to women at risk to call for help in an emergency and to help them make the phone calls necessary to rebuild their lives. Since 1976, JBWS has worked to prevent domestic violence through the protection and empowerment of the victim, to rehabilitate family members, and to educate the public about domestic violence and its consequences.
Domestic violence prevention and education also is Verizon Wireless' chief community focus. "No offense shakes individual security more than violence in the home," said Charles Hand, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro Region. "At Verizon Wireless, we continue to be humbled by the strength of domestic violence survivors and want to assist them in the life-rebuilding process."
Verizon Wireless created its HopeLine program 10 years ago to put the company's wireless products and services to work to help victims of domestic violence enhance their safety. In addition to free phones, service and voice mailboxes for victims, HopeLine includes funding for non-profit domestic violence organizations; community and corporate awareness initiatives; and a bilingual "Invest In Yourself" program designed to help prepare survivors to re-enter the workforce. For additional information, visit the HopeLine Web site at www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
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2005 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, which puts wireless products and services to work to combat domestic violence. Today, HopeLine collects wireless phones and accessories from any wireless carrier and refurbishes or recycles them with proceeds benefiting victims of domestic violence. The environmentally friendly HopeLine Program also provides victims with essential communication tools wireless phones and wireless services, including voicemail and pre-paid wireless minutes. Donations are accepted at all 1, 900-plus Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.