TUCSON, AZ — An old wireless phone can be a lifeline for a victim of domestic violence. That’s the message students, staff and faculty at the University of Arizona are sharing as part of the UHopeLine® program with Verizon Wireless.
October is recognized nationally as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and organizations, agencies and institutions across the nation are working to address issues around relationship violence. Break the Cycle and the National Dating Abuse Helpline report that one in three teens will experience abuse in a dating relationship.
Becoming part of the solution
An expansion of Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine wireless phone recycling program, UHopeLine is designed to raise awareness of dating violence.
The program is also designed to provide information about available resources, and to help and encourage college students to improve the environment by recycling their old wireless devices.
Every phone counts
UHopeLine from Verizon collects old wireless phones, tablets, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless server provider. Devices that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally sound way under a zero-landfill policy.
Collection bins can be found on the UA campus at the Student Union Memorial Center and at Campus Health, where the University's Oasis Program is housed.
“The mission of the University of Arizona's Oasis Program is to prevent and respond to all forms of interpersonal violence on campus,” said Kathleen Young, the program’s coordinator of clinical services.
The Oasis Program coordinates and promotes effective administrative, legal, medical and therapeutic responses for students staff and faculty. Among other things, the program’s staff also provides coordinated responses between the campus and the surrounding community.
Also as part of the UHopeLine program, Verizon Wireless awarded a $25,000 grant to the UA in support of the Oasis program.
“The support we receive from Verizon Wireless and the UHopeLine program greatly assists us in these efforts,” Young also said.
Across the United States, the HopeLine program has collected more than 9 million wireless phones, kept more than 200 tons of electronic waste out of landfills and given more than $14 million in cash grants to organizations.
Visit www.verizonwireless.com/uhopeline to access resources, join the conversation on social media, and find out more information on the program.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 94.2 million retail customers, including 88.8 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 78,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit 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.