Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford Pennsylvania Collects 200 No-Longer-Used Wireless Handsets For Verizon Wireless' Hopeline Program

WEXFORD, PA — Oxford Athletic Club (OAC) in Wexford collected more than 200 no-longer-used wireless handsets and accessories during a recent month-long drive to encourage area consumers and businesses to recycle wireless equipment and, at the same time, provide support for survivors of domestic violence. The wireless handsets were donated to the award-winning Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program, which supports domestic violence awareness and prevention programs nationwide.

"This is the second year we've conducted a phone drive for this great cause," said Beth Yankel, business and community outreach director for OAC. "This is an ideal way for gadget lovers who get new wireless handsets to recycle their old equipment, and it's a wonderful opportunity for OAC to continue its commitment to the local community."

The wireless handsets were collected at OAC, located at 100 Village Club Dr., where special HopeLine bins were placed for donations.

Marking its 11th year, the HopeLine program puts wireless products and services to work to combat domestic violence and raise awareness of the issue. Through HopeLine, the company collects no-longer-used wireless handsets and equipment from any vendor. Most of the donated handsets and equipment are refurbished and sold, with proceeds going to support domestic violence awareness and prevention programs. Any remaining phones are recycled in an environmentally safe way.

"Donating a no-longer-used wireless handset to HopeLine can make a big difference in helping domestic violence victims, while responsibly recycling handsets you no longer need," said Roger Tang, president—Ohio/Pennsylvania Region, Verizon Wireless. "We thank Oxford Athletic Club and local residents for supporting this program and making a difference in the lives of survivors of domestic violence."

Last year in Pennsylvania, Verizon Wireless donated more than $55,000 and hundreds of wireless handsets with free airtime to domestic violence organizations across the state.

Wireless handsets and accessories can be donated at any Verizon Wireless Communications Stores at any time. For more information about HopeLine, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.  To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

About Oxford Athletic ClubOAC North, located at 100 Village Club Drive in Wexford, offers tennis instruction for tiny tots through adults, league play and tournaments. OAC has indoor and outdoor pools, volleyball and tennis courts, fitness center, spinning, yoga, Pilates, squash, racquetball, gymnasium, full or half-day children's summer camp, youth activity zone and kidzone. The full-day spa, Dean of Shadyside Salon and North Park Lounge are open to the public. Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy is located inside the club. For more club information, visit oxfordathleticclub.com or call 724-933-1911.