ORANGEBURG, NY — Continuing its commitment to domestic violence prevention and awareness, Verizon Wireless recently donated 150 wireless phones and free airtime to Safe Horizon of New York City.
The donation was made 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.
Safe Horizon will distribute the phones to survivors of domestic violence at the New York City Family Justice Center in Brooklyn. The phones will allow the women to call for help in emergencies and to make phone calls necessary to rebuild their lives.
"HopeLine recycling provides a quick and easy way for each of us to make a difference in the lives of families scarred by domestic violence," said Charles Hand, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro Region. "Something as simple as a wireless phone can help enable and empower these women to take positive steps to transform their lives."
Verizon Wireless is a recognized leader in the fight to combat domestic violence and a founding supporter of the City's Family Justice Center in Brooklyn. Since 2001, the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program has collected more than three million phones and recycled more than 700,000. Using funds generated by the HopeLine program, Verizon Wireless' New York Metro Region recently awarded a $10,000 HopeLine grant to the Center Against Domestic Violence, and a $100,000 donation to the Brooklyn Family Justice Center.
The Family Justice Center in Brooklyn provides a supportive environment with the objective of breaking the cycle of domestic violence by providing essential advocacy, case management, criminal legal assistance, and civil legal assistance under one roof. The center opened in July 2005, and already has served over 3,500 adult victims of domestic violence and 800 children. As a result, more domestic violence victims in Brooklyn are accessing services than ever before.
In addition to free wireless phones, service and voice mailboxes for victims, HopeLine includes community and corporate awareness initiatives, and a bilingual "Invest in Yourself" program designed to help survivors re-enter the workforce.
HopeLine phone donations also are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in Brooklyn and across the nation. For store locations and additional information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
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