SAN ANTONIO,TX — Verizon Wireless, a recognized corporate leader in raising awareness against domestic violence, successfully concluded the HopeLineSM Phone Recycling Drive to benefit local victims of domestic violence in San Antonio on April 2. During March 21 through April 2, Verizon Wireless and Family Violence Prevention Services (FVPS) of San Antonio collected 325 used wireless phones and accessories, regardless of service provider, make, model or technology. To benefit the FVPS Battered Women's Shelter Children's Program, Verizon Wireless pledged $10 towards each wireless phone donated and will donate a total of $3,250.
"The phone drive was a success and by the number of phones we collected, it is also clear that the residents of San Antonio understand the need to prevent domestic violence and participate in our efforts to provide victims with a place of safety," said Marta Pelaez, President and CEO of Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc.
The FVPS Battered Women's Shelter is a full service program that provides counseling and support for women, children and families who are victims of domestic violence. Annually, two-thirds of the shelter population is comprised of children ranging in age from birth to 17 years old. FVPS Children's Program accommodates the complex needs of these children by helping to restore their self-esteem and confidence.
"Over the past decade, Verizon Wireless' HopeLine Program has grown significantly and along the way has helped so many survivors keeping them safe and helping them rebuild their lives," said Luis M. Cruz, region president for Verizon Wireless. "This month, local residents in San Antonio truly made a difference for victims of domestic violence by donating their used wireless phones."
Through its HopeLine program, Verizon Wireless has put wireless products and services to work to prevent domestic violence. Last year alone, Verizon Wireless donated more than $3.7 million in monetary and other contributions to domestic violence shelters and prevention programs across the country.
2005 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, which puts wireless products and services to work to combat domestic violence. Today, HopeLine collects wireless phones and accessories from any wireless carrier and refurbishes or recycles them with proceeds benefiting victims of domestic violence. The environmentally friendly HopeLine Program also provides victims with essential communication tools wireless phones and wireless services, including voicemail and pre-paid wireless minutes. Donations are accepted at all 1, 900-plus Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
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