WALNUT CREEK, CA — Verizon Wireless and the Oakland Raiders are teaming up to help curb domestic violence. Starting in October, fans attending Raiders home games are invited to donate used wireless phones and accessories to benefit survivors of domestic violence through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program. A HopeLine recycling station will be located within the entrance to the D Gate at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum for the entire season. Fans can also donate used wireless phones and accessories at select Raider Image store locations in the Bay Area through Dec. 1, 2008.
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.
"Verizon Wireless is pleased to partner with the Raiders to help raise awareness about domestic violence," said Rich Garwood, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "We encourage Raiders fans to donate their no-longer-needed wireless phones and accessories to help us make a difference in an epidemic that affects more than one out of every three American women during their lifetime."
Since 2001 when recycling and re-use became key elements of the national HopeLine program Verizon Wireless has collected more than 5.3 million phones and awarded more than $5.6 million in HopeLine grants throughout the country.
Wireless phones and equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country. For additional information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
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About HopeLineVerizon 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 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.####