PORTLAND — In partnership with Call to Protect: Wireless Phones for Domestic Safety, a nationwide campaign to help protect victims of domestic violence, Verizon Wireless and Motorola will donate 50 wireless phones and two years of free airtime to the Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordinator's Office in Portland. The phones will be distributed to domestic violence prevention organizations in the county.
"This donation will help victims of domestic violence feel safer by providing a link to immediate emergency assistance," said Chiquita Rollins, the county's domestic violence coordinator. "We appreciate the support Verizon Wireless and Motorola are providing to increase public safety."
"Providing wireless service and access to emergency personnel will make victims feel safer," said Eric Papcun, Director of Oregon Sales for Verizon Wireless. "With a wireless phone close by, victims can have greater peace of mind knowing that help is only a phone call away."
As part of the program, the Domestic Violence Coordinator's Office will distribute the phones to organizations assisting victims of domestic violence in Multnomah County. The phones are pre-programmed so victims can reach 9-1-1 and other emergency services with the push of a button when they feel threatened.
A recent survey of women ages 18 to 64 in Multnomah County found that one in seven was abused by their partner in the past year.
The wireless industry is requesting that individuals donate their no longer used wireless phones through the CALL to PROTECT "Donate a Phone" campaign. The donated equipment will be recycled and provided to domestic violence shelters so that even more potential victims can have increased safety and mobility. Used wireless phones can be sent to: CALL to PROTECT, c/o Brightpoint, Inc., 501 Airtech Parkway, Doors 23/24, Plainfield, IN 46168. For more information on the program, call (888) 901-SAFE or visit the website www.donateaphone.com
************About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 18 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly 4 million paging customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE:BEL) and Vodafone AirTouch Plc (LSE:VOD; NYSE:VOD. Verizon Wireless will be further strengthened by the addition of the wireless assets of GTE Corp. (NYSE:GTE) when it completes its merger with Bell Atlantic.
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The Wireless Foundation initiates and oversees strategic corporate philanthropy programs utilizing wireless communications to make communities safer, families more secure and teachers more effective. For more information please visit www.wirelessfoundation.org.####