July 14, 1999ORANGEBURG, NY
With the zeal of women helping women,
Zonta International of Ridgewood/Hackensack has just completed the biggest
and most successful wireless phone recycling drive since Bell Atlantic
Mobile began the program last January. Led by Zonta member Joan Janson,
the group collected more than 1900 wireless phones that will be reprogrammed
by Bell Atlantic Mobile to dial 9-1-1 for use by victims of domestic violence
throughout Bergen County and New Jersey.
In what may have looked like a phone heist, Janson and five helpers
last evening moved the 1900 phones from her Rutherford garage onto two
trucks that transported the phones to Bell Atlantic Mobile this morning
for reprogramming as part of the company's "Wireless at Work" Phone Recycling
Program. Lanni's Appliance, of Rutherford, loaned one vehicle for the
move and the other was supplied by a Zonta family member.
Reprogramming the phones will represent an investment of nearly $30,000
from Bell Atlantic Mobile in technicians' time and administrative costs.
The company will test all the phones, however, only those in good working
condition, complete with battery and charger, will be returned for distribution.
The phones will be distributed first in Bergen County to the Prosecutor's
office, local police departments, Alternatives for Domestic Violence and
Shelter Our Sisters. Zonta will offer remaining phones to the NJ Coalition
for Battered Women for use throughout the state.
Bell Atlantic Mobile, Joan Janson (Zonta)
Debbie Donnelly (Alternatives to Domestic Violence)
Bell Atlantic Mobile Recycling Center in NYC.