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Evanston, Illinois, Area Domestic Violence Survivors Benefit From Verizon Wireless Donation

YWCA Evanston/North Shore Receives $20,000 Verizon HopeLine Donation to Support Agency's Programs, Services

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October 31, 2011

Andrea Meyer
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Rebecca Eckhart
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EVANSTON, IL — Domestic violence survivors in the Evanston area will benefit from a $20,000 donation made by Verizon Wireless to the YWCA Evanston/North Shore to help support the agency’s mission and fund vital support services. The YWCA Evanston/North Shore provides comprehensive, coordinated services to families who are victims of domestic violence.

“Verizon is dedicated to supporting organizations like the YWCA Evanston/North Shore that serve domestic violence victims,” said T.J. Fox, region president, Verizon Wireless. “We applaud their important contribution to our community to help victims and raise awareness of this pervasive problem and to end domestic violence.”

The donation was made possible through Verizon’s HopeLine program. Through this program, Verizon collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider. These phones are then refurbished and sold, with the proceeds going to support local domestic violence shelters and programs. The program also provides domestic violence agencies with wireless phones and airtime for use by domestic violence victims to use as a lifeline. Phones that cannot be refurbished are recycled in an environmentally sound way under a zero-landfill policy.

Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 8 million phones; awarded more than $10 million in cash grants to prevention and awareness programs nationwide; and donated more than 106,000 HopeLine phones with 319 million minutes of airtime to victims, survivors and domestic violence organizations. Last year in Illinois alone, more than 36,000 phones were donated to the program, and more than $100,000 in cash grants helped survivors of domestic violence across the state.

For more information on HopeLine from Verizon and to learn how to donate a wireless phone, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

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