WALNUT CREEK, CA — Verizon Wireless, builder and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, and the Oakland Athletics are teaming to help curb domestic violence in our community.
Fans attending Oakland A's home games through Aug. 30, 2008, are invited to donate used wireless phones and accessories to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program to benefit survivors of domestic violence. A HopeLine phone recycling station is located behind section 119 in the McAfee Coliseum. Anyone can donate no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store. On Saturday, Aug. 30, A's pitcher Huston Street will meet fans and sign autographs at the Verizon Wireless retail store at 1933 Davis Street in San Leandro from 12-1 p.m.
At a ceremony during the A's home game on Aug. 28, representatives from the Oakland Athletics and Verizon Wireless presented the Korean Community Center of the East Bay with a combined charitable contribution of $12,365 to support the agency's Shimtuh program. Currently Shimtuh is the only domestic violence program serving the Korean Community in Northern California. For more information about the Korean Community Center of the East Bay, please visit www.kcceb.org.
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 wireless phones with airtime to non-profit human services and law enforcement agencies to aid survivors of domestic violence.
"Verizon Wireless is proud to partner with the A's to help curb domestic violence," said Rich Garwood, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "Thanks in part to generous A's fans, we continue to grow our HopeLine program in California. Fans know that by bringing in old wireless phones and accessories they are helping domestic violence survivors in our community and making a difference for our environment."
Verizon Wireless has awarded more than $400,000 in HopeLine grants to domestic violence prevention agencies in California in each of the past two years, as well as more than 2,400 HopeLine wireless phones during the past two years, each with one year of airtime, to domestic violence agencies throughout the state.
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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.