Verizon Wireless And Sojourn Shelter Of Springfield, Illinois, Team Up To Provide Hope For Domestic Violence Victims

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Verizon Wireless and Sojourn Shelter and Services, Inc., a domestic violence shelter for women and children in Springfield, are teaming up to invite those attending the 2007 Illinois State Fair to help victims of domestic violence.

During the fair, scheduled from August 10-19, fairgoers will be able to donate no-longer-used wireless handsets and accessories from any service provider at the Verizon Wireless booth, located on Center Street on the State Fairgrounds, near the Coliseum. For every phone a fan donates, Verizon Wireless will give $5 to Sojourn Shelter. The wireless equipment will be collected for Verizon Wireless' HopeLine® program.

Through its award-winning HopeLine program, Verizon Wireless collects no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories from any wireless service provider. Most of the donated phones and equipment are refurbished and sold, with proceeds going to support domestic violence awareness and prevention programs, including those in Illinois. Any remaining phones are recycled in an environmentally safe way.

Since its national recycling program began in October 2001, HopeLine has collected nearly 3.5 million phones — and awarded more than $3 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country.

"Domestic violence is a problem that affects more than 30 percent of American women during their lifetime," said T.J. Fox, president — Illinois/Wisconsin region, Verizon Wireless. "I highly encourage everyone to dig through their closets, ask friends and family members for their used phones and accessories, and donate as many phones as possible to the HopeLine program and help make a difference in the lives of many victims in Springfield and throughout Illinois."

Individuals unable to attend the Illinois State Fair can still participate in the phone drive by donating their no-longer-used phones at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store at any time. To find the store closest to you, visit

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