Inspiring Change with a Lunar New Year Film

Asian Americans Advancing Justice to receive HopeLine donation from Verizon for every YouTube “Like”.

By on January 30, 2014

As billions of people in the Asian community make preparations to celebrate Lunar New Year, Verizon Wireless is ushering in the Year of the Horse with a donation to Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice). To celebrate the 15-day tradition, Verizon Wireless will make a $1 donation – up to $10,000 – from its HopeLine program for every “Like” that its Lunar New Year-themed short film receives on YouTube through Feb. 16.

The film, titled “What’s Inside,” stars Asian American YouTube personalities Josh Fu and Julie Zhan and features original songs by Jason Chen and New Heights. The short film was produced in partnership with The Jubilee Project, a nonprofit entertainment organization, and is an inspiring tale about culture, belief and love.

Verizon Wireless chose to support Advancing Justice through this initiative because of the organization’s strong ties in the community. 

For the past four decades, Advancing Justice has implemented a number of programs that enrich, enhance and serve Asian American communities throughout the country. The organization also empowers Asian Americans with the tools and support they need to build strong and healthy communities.

Verizon’s HopeLine program recycles and refurbishes no-longer-used cell phones, using the proceeds to support national and local organizations like Advancing Justice. Since 2001, the company has awarded domestic violence prevention organizations more than $18 million in cash grants and provided 151,000 pre-paid cell phones loaded with nearly a half billion minutes of free airtime. Those in shelters use the phones to connect to the outside world, from calling to enroll their children in school and making doctor appointments to communicating with an employer or potential employer.

Visit Verizon Wireless’ website to watch “What’s Inside” and to learn more about how the company is celebrating the Year of the Horse.