Verizon Teams Up With Michigan Universities For HopeLine

Four Michigan universities will be hosting events in partnership with Verizon to help raise awareness around domestic violence and collect no-longer-used-devices. HopeLine has a national goal this year to collect 1 million phones, and there is currently a statewide Michigan drive underway that launched earlier this month in Detroit.

Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University and University of Michigan-Dearborn will all be partnering with Verizon to host events on campus to help raise awareness around dating and domestic violence. The events will include phone drives and panel discussions with school and local resources on domestic violence. The school with the most participation will be awarded a grant of $10,000 donated in the school's name to a local domestic violence chapter, charity or center of their choice.

Event details:

  • University of Michigan Dearborn, October 20 at 6 p.m., Kochoff Hall A, UC
  • Western Michigan University, October 21 at 6 p.m., Multi Cultural Room Trimpe Building
  • Grand Valley State University, October 27 at 7:30 p.m., Kirkhof Center Pere Marquette

Michigan State University is also partnering with Verizon for a HopeLine drive with football fans. At the October 24 home game at Spartan Stadium, fans will be able to drop no-longer-used phones into collection bins at the stadium gates, staffed by Verizon and Michigan State University Safe Place volunteers.

"I am encouraging not only MSU fans, students, alumni and staff, but also the entire state of Michigan, to join me in supporting the statewide HopeLine drive," said Michigan State University Basketball Coach Tom Izzo. "And for fans attending the October 24 MSU football game versus Indiana, you can make a fast and important difference by bringing your no-longer-used phones and accessories to donate to Verizon and MSU Safe Place volunteers at the entrance gates."

HopeLine offers the public an opportunity to help prevent domestic violence by donating no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories in any condition from any carrier. Wireless phones given to HopeLine are refurbished and recycled in an environmentally sound way generating proceeds going toward financial support of domestic violence awareness and prevention programs. Verizon also donates phones through HopeLine – complete with service – to local domestic violence agencies or law enforcement agencies for use by domestic violence survivors. To participate, the public can take any old, no-longer-used phone or accessory to any Verizon retail location.

Since 2001, more than 11.4 million phones have been collected nationwide, more than $29 million cash grants have been provided to domestic violence organizations and more than 190,000 phones have been donated to domestic violence survivors.

The simple act of cleaning out a drawer, basement or garage to find no-longer-used mobile devices is a lifeline for many. HopeLine provides assistance to many nonprofits in many ways by extending budgets, services and emergency housing and transportation for survivors.