WALNUT CREEK, CA — Verizon Wireless will donate nearly $200,000 in 2007 to 25 Northern California-based agencies dedicated to domestic violence awareness and prevention.
Through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program, used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any service provider are recycled, or refurbished and sold. Verizon Wireless uses the proceeds to award grants and to donate wireless phones with prepaid airtime to local shelters and non-profit organizations to aid survivors of domestic violence. This year, Verizon Wireless has awarded more than $400,000 in grants, and donated nearly 1,400 phones and more than 4 million minutes of use to domestic violence agencies throughout California.
Northern California agencies receiving HopeLine grants this year include:
- Alameda County: A Safe Place, Alameda County Family Justice Center, Bay Area Legal Aid, Family Violence Law Center, Shalom Bayit - Bay Area Jewish Women Working to End Domestic Violence
- Amador County: KidPower
- Calaveras: KidPower
- Contra Costa County: KidPower
- Santa Clara County: Asian American's for Community Involvement, Kid Power
- Humboldt County: Humboldt Domestic Violence Services
- Madera County: Madera Community Action Project
- Marin County: Marin Abuses Women's Services, San Rafael
- Mendocino County: Project Sanctuary
- Monterey County: KidPower
- Sacramento County: WEAVE, Inc.
- San Francisco County: Asian Women's Shelter, Chinese Community Health Resource Center, Community United Against Violence, KidPower, La Casa de las Madres, Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, Riley Center (St. Vincent de Paul Society), WOMAN Inc.
- San Joaquin County: Women's Center of San Joaquin County
- San Mateo County: KidPower
- Santa Barbara County: Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County
- Shasta County: Shasta County Women's Refuge
- Siskiyou County: Siskiyou Domestic Violence & Crisis Center
- Del Norte County: Harrington House/Rural Human Services
- Santa Cruz County: Women's Crisis Support - Defensa de Mujeres
Since 2001, more than 4 million phones have been donated to HopeLine nationwide. As a result, Verizon Wireless has distributed approximately $4 million in cash grants, and more than 45,000 phones with airtime to domestic violence prevention agencies and organizations throughout the country. Nearly one million no-longer-used wireless phones have been recycled in an environmentally friendly way, keeping more than 200 tons of electronics waste and batteries out of landfills.
"The HopeLine recycling program provides an easy way that anyone can make a difference in the lives of families affected by domestic violence," said Rich Garwood, regional president of Verizon Wireless in Northern California and Nevada. "Something as simple as a wireless phone can help enable and empower domestic violence survivors to rebuild their lives."
For more information on HopeLine, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 63.7 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 68,000 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 Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.