SEATTLE, WA — Verizon Wireless and the Seattle Mariners are teaming up for the seventh consecutive year to help curb domestic violence in our community. Fans attending the Mariners vs. Boston Red Sox game on Friday, July 23 (7:10 p.m.) are invited to donate used wireless phones and accessories to benefit survivors of domestic violence through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program. HopeLine drop boxes will be located outside the entrances of Safeco Field from 4 to 7 p.m. Phones and accessories can also be dropped off at Verizon Wireless table at Section 128, Guest Services at Sections 128 and 329 the rest of the season, or year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications store.
Through the 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 free wireless phones with airtime to non-profit human services and law enforcement agencies to aid survivors of domestic violence.
Last year, Seattle Mariners fans donated nearly 1,000 used wireless phones and accessories to the program. “The Mariners have focused on domestic violence issues for over 10-years and we are pleased to be able to continue and reinforce this tradition with Verizon Wireless,” said Joe Chard, Seattle Mariners Vice President of Corporate Business and Community Relations.
“Verizon Wireless is proud to once again partner with the Mariners to help curb domestic violence,” said Kelley Kurtzman, regional president for Verizon Wireless. “Thanks in part to generous Mariner fans, we continue to grow our HopeLine program in Washington state. Fans know that by bringing in old wireless phones and accessories they are helping domestic violence survivors in our community and taking care of our environment.”
Verizon Wireless has donated more than $130,000 in HopeLine grants to domestic violence agencies in Washington during the past two years and in 2009 provided 763 HopeLine wireless phones, each with one year of airtime, ($229,000 value) 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.