ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Victims of domestic violence throughout New Mexico are using more than 600,000 cellphone minutes donated by Verizon Wireless to begin rebuilding their lives. The phones and airtime were donated through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program.
"These HopeLine phones do more than call 9-1-1; they are fully functioning wireless phones," said Tony Heyman, regional president of Verizon Wireless. "With these phones, victims in shelters are able to stay in touch with loved ones and support services, schedule appointments with doctors and interviews with potential employers, and make a host of other calls as they work to rebuild their lives during a very difficult time."
In the last 12 months, HopeLine phones and airtime were donated in New Mexico to:
- Center of Protective Environment, Alamogordo 55 phones; 165,000 free minutes
- New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence, statewide 145 phones; 435,000 free minutes
Since October of 2001 when Verizon Wireless launched its national recycling program, HopeLine has collected more than 4 million phones nationwide. The program has disposed of nearly 1 million phones in an environmentally sound way, and refurbished the remaining for resale and reuse. Approximately 7,800 phones and accessories were collected in New Mexico last year.
Anyone with a no-longer-used wireless phone or accessory may drop off the equipment for HopeLine year-round at any of the 2,300 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For more information on Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program and on how to donate a wireless phone, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 62.1 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 67,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
Verizon Wireless encourages customers who are upgrading their wireless phone to participate in its exclusive HopeLine phone-recycling program. The national HopeLine program distributes previously owned wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports non-profit domestic violence advocacy groups and provides an environmentally safe method of recycling phones. Donations are accepted at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.