WALNUT CREEK, CA — Verizon Wireless and the Golden State Warriors are teaming up to help curb domestic violence. Fans attending the Warriors game on Jan. 11 are invited to donate used wireless phones and accessories to benefit victims of domestic violence through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program.
HopeLine drop boxes will be at the Verizon Wireless tables located on the concourse level from 5:30 p.m. through the end of the third quarter, and in the plaza near the box office from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any service provider are recycled, or refurbished and sold. Verizon Wireless uses the proceeds to award grants and to donate wireless phones with prepaid airtime to local shelters and non-profit organizations to aid survivors of domestic violence. Last year, Verizon Wireless awarded more than $400,000 in grants, and donated nearly 1,400 phones and more than four million minutes of use to domestic violence agencies throughout California.
"Verizon Wireless is pleased to once again partner with the Golden State Warriors to have HopeLine made part of the game day activities," said Rich Garwood, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "We encourage Warriors fans to donate their no-longer-needed wireless phones and accessories to help us provide a HopeLine to victims of domestic violence, an epidemic that affects one in three American women during their lifetime."
Since HopeLine's national phone recycling and re-use program was launched in 2001, Verizon Wireless has collected more than four million phones and awarded more than $4 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country. HopeLine has also distributed more than 45,000 phones with more than 100 million minutes of free wireless service to be used by victims of domestic violence. Verizon Wireless has supported domestic violence education, prevention and awareness initiatives for 12 years, beginning with donated voicemail boxes to women and men living in shelters and growing to today's multi-faceted program.
For more information on Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program and on how to donate a wireless phone, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
Wireless phones and equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country. For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
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Verizon Wireless encourages customers who are upgrading their wireless phone to participate in its exclusive HopeLine phone-recycling program. The national HopeLine program distributes previously owned wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports non-profit domestic violence advocacy groups and provides an environmentally safe method of recycling phones. Donations are accepted at any Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.