FORT WAYNE, IN — Verizon Wireless and the Verizon Foundation have donated more than $300,000 in cash grants, phones and airtime to shelters and other organizations in Indiana working to support victims of domestic violence and their families. In Fort Wayne, the YWCA received $33,600 in phones and airtime.
Most of the donations statewide are a result of the company's successful HopeLine® program, which turns no-longer-used wireless phones into support for victims of domestic violence. Wireless phones, batteries and other accessories are collected at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide and in special collections throughout the year. The phones are either refurbished for reuse or recycled in an environmentally sound way.
This October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Verizon Wireless encourages all wireless phone users to donate any used wireless equipment to its HopeLine program. In Fort Wayne, phones and accessories can be dropped off at the following Verizon Wireless locations:
- 4122 Lima Road, Suite B-15
- At Jefferson Point at 4150 West Jefferson Boulevard, Suite K-3
- In Circuit City at 291 East Coliseum Boulevard
"Domestic violence affects more than 30 percent of American women during their lifetime," said Greg Haller, president-Indiana/Kentucky/Michigan region, Verizon Wireless. "I highly encourage everyone to dig through their closets, ask friends and family members for their used phones and accessories, and donate as much wireless equipment as possible to the HopeLine program and help make a difference in the lives of the victims in Fort Wayne and throughout Indiana."
Since October 2001, when Verizon Wireless launched its national recycling program, HopeLine has collected more than 4 million phones. The program has disposed of nearly 1 million phones in an environmentally sound way and refurbished the remaining phones for resale and reuse. Over the last five years, Verizon Wireless also has distributed more than 40,000 phones with airtime and other features valued at more than $10 million to be used by victims of domestic violence.
For more information on Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program and on how to donate a wireless phone, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline. For more information on the Verizon Foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation.
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