HopeLine® from Verizon Wireless helps support victims and survivors of domestic violence while ensuring that phones are reused or recycled in an environmentally responsible way. Anyone can donate no-longer-used phones (from any provider), batteries and accessories to HopeLine; Verizon then uses the proceeds from these donations to provide cash grants to domestic violence organizations across the United States.
"One in four women, one in nine men and more than 3 million children in the U.S. are affected by domestic violence," says Cameka Crawford, manager of community relations and multicultural communications at Verizon Wireless. "The HopeLine program is an opportunity for customers to help Verizon and nonprofit organizations break the cycle of violence in the United States." HopeLine supports programs available to victims (those still in contact with their batterer) and survivors (those who have left their batterer and are now in a safe space).
The new HopeLine app
Verizon recently launched a new app-HopeLine from Verizon-to reach even more victims and survivors. Through the app, users can connect quickly to the National Domestic Violence Hotline for crisis intervention, referrals and information. The app also extends the support community by linking to the National Network to End Domestic Violence resource page. And users can interact with one another by sharing pictures and videos of their own HopeLine collection efforts. The app is free, but data charges may apply to the download and use of this app.
Cell phones into cash grants
HopeLine funds support many different domestic violence programs. Verizon Wireless gives cash grants to local domestic violence organizations and technology programs that educate organizations and victims on the importance of using technology wisely and safely.
"One of our key partners that we fund through HopeLine, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, provides 24-hour support to anyone affected by domestic violence, including victims, their friends and their family," says Crawford. "And customers can quickly and confidentially get access to these services by dialing #HOPE (#4673) from any phone on the Verizon Wireless network."
A lifeline for victims
Verizon Wireless provides phones with 3,000 minutes to domestic violence organizations, which then pass the phones out to victims or survivors in need. A HopeLine phone gives victims a lifeline to the outside world and their family members-beyond the control of the abuser. For those who have escaped their abusive situation, a HopeLine phone keeps them connected to their families, to law enforcement, to their employers, to medical care and to their children's schools.
How you can help
Since HopeLine became a national recycling program in 2001, it has collected more than 9 million phones, granted more than $14.2 million in cash to organizations across the country and provided more than 123,000 phones for use by domestic violence victims. But there's still work to be done.
So, dig up your old phones, batteries and accessories, and donate them to HopeLine today. It's fast and easy. Here are two options:
- Print a postage-paid label online and adhere it to your shipping box. Be sure to review shipping instructions carefully and include a return address on the label before you mail it.
- Use the HopeLine app to locate the nearest Verizon Wireless store and drop off your phone.
Inspired to gather more than just your own phone? Host a HopeLine Phone Drive. Verizon Wireless provides tips, suggestions and the materials to help promote your drive.
This article was written by an author contracted by Verizon's Your Guide to provide helpful information on wireless technology. The thoughts, opinions and suggestions of the author may not necessarily reflect those of Verizon Wireless.