HONOLULU, HI — Women in the State of Hawaii affected by domestic violence are benefitting from $83,000 in cash grants and free phones with airtime from Verizon Wireless. The funding, phones and minutes go to organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness. For survivors of domestic violence, a working phone can be a lifeline. During 2009, the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program donated 217 phones (each with 3,000 pre-paid minutes) to shelters in the state. The value of the phone and airtime donations is $65,100. In addition, three domestic violence organizations received $18,500 in HopeLine grants:
- Domestic Violence Action Center, Honolulu—Funding to enhance teen domestic violence and dating Website and pay for new software to improve services to survivors
- Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center, Honolulu—Supports outreach to domestic violence survivors in the local Chinese immigrant community—to connect them with services
- Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Honolulu—Supports training for Batterer Intervention counselors and child welfare case workers
The grants are part of Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program, which puts wireless services and equipment to work to assist victims of domestic violence. HopeLine’s national phone recycling and reuse program collected more than 1 million wireless phones in 2009 and has collected nearly 6.7 million wireless phones since 2001, donating 90,000 phones with 300 million minutes of free wireless service for use by survivors.
“I encourage everyone to dig through their closets, ask friends and family members for their used cell phones and accessories, and donate them to HopeLine,” said Kelley Kurtzman, region president for Verizon Wireless. “A simple phone donation can make a lasting impact on the lives of domestic violence survivors right here in Hawaii.”
HopeLine wireless phone donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the nation. Verizon Wireless encourages everyone who plans to give a phone to HopeLine to make sure service on that device has been discontinued and to erase any personal data. Phones given to the HopeLine program are refurbished and resold for reuse, or disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.
For more information on Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
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