Mayor of Honolulu and Verizon Wireless Call on Community to Donate Used Wireless Phones to Support Victims of Domestic Violence

HONOLULU, HI — WHO: Mayor Mufi Hannemann and Mark Yamauchi, director of Hawaii sales for Verizon Wireless

WHAT: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Mayor Hannemann will issue a proclamation calling on the community to collect used wireless phones and donate them to Verizon Wireless' HopeLine® program. Verizon Wireless' national HopeLine recycling program — currently in its 10th year — collects used wireless phones and accessories and either refurbishes, resells or recycles them in an environmentally friendly way. Proceeds from the program benefit victims of domestic violence and non-profit domestic violence advocacy agencies. HopeLine grants already awarded in 2005 support a variety of services in Hawaii including the Hawaii Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Women Helping Women, and the Domestic Violence Clearinghouse & Legal Hotline. Used wireless phones may be dropped off at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store and businesses or community groups interested in coordinating their own HopeLine Drive may call 425-603-2894 for materials.

WHERE: City Hall — Corner of King Street and Punchbowl, Honolulu

WHEN: Friday, October 14 — 2:30 p.m.

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