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Verizon Wireless, OSU Beavers Team Up To Provide HopeLine® For Survivors Of Domestic Violence In Oregon

Fans Encouraged to Donate Used Phones at Legendary Gill Coliseum this Saturday

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February 23, 2011

Scott Charlston
Scott.Charlston@VerizonWireless.com
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Barry Spiegelberg
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BEAVERTON, OR — Verizon Wireless is teaming up with the Oregon State Beavers to help curb domestic violence.

Fans attending the men’s basketball game against the California Golden Bears on Saturday, February 26 at 3:00 pm are being encouraged to donate used wireless phones and accessories to benefit survivors of domestic violence through the Verizon HopeLine® program. Drop boxes will be located at Gill Coliseum main entrance locations; doors will open at 1:50 pm.

"The HopeLine program is a source of great support for victims of domestic violence and the Oregon State Athletics Department is pleased to partner with Verizon Wireless," Bob De Carolis, OSU athletics director, said. "We ask our fans to support this worthwhile cause.”

Nationally, only about 10% of wireless phones are recycled each year. Through the HopeLine program, tons of electronic waste and batteries are kept from entering landfills – and used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any service provider are then recycled, refurbished and sold. Verizon Wireless uses the proceeds to award grants and free wireless phones with airtime to non-profit human services and law enforcement agencies to aid survivors of domestic violence.

Last year, the used phones that Oregonians donated to the Verizon HopeLine program resulted in $120,000 in HopeLine grants, wireless phones and airtime contributions benefitting Oregon shelters and domestic violence prevention and education programs.

Since HopeLine’s national phone recycling and re-use program was launched nationwide in 2001, Verizon Wireless:

  • Has collected more than 8 million phones
  • Awarded more than $10 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations in the U.S.
  • Distributed more than 106,000 phones with more than 319 million minutes of free airtime and other features to be used by victims of domestic violence.
  • Properly disposed of more than 1.7 million no-longer-used wireless phones in an environmentally sound way.
  • Kept more than 210 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfills.

Wireless phones and equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country.

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