NY Asian Women's Center And Verizon Wireless Launch HopeLine Cell Phone Recycling Drive To Benefit Victims Of Domestic Violence

OUEENS, NY — The New York Asian Women’s Center (NYAWC) and Verizon Wireless today kicked-off a HopeLine® wireless phone recycling drive to benefit Asian families impacted by domestic violence. From November 1 through December 31, 2008, a portion of the proceeds from no-longer used wireless phones donated at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store in the five boroughs will benefit clients of the NYAWC.

In addition to helping battered women overcome violence and govern their own lives, free of abuse, the Center also works to raise public awareness about domestic violence, advocate for the rights of battered women and create an agenda for social change. The Center’s 24 Hour Multilingual Hotline offers confidential counseling services in English or in one of 14 different Asian languages and dialects.

“Domestic violence is a tragedy that affects all segments of the U.S. population, but immigrant women face unique challenges,” said Larry Lee, executive director of the NY Asian Women’s Center. “Language, cultural, legal and economic barriers leave battered Asian immigrant women especially vulnerable to abuse. Our Center delivers services that empower women to overcome these barriers.”

Other services provided by the NYAWC include in-person individual and group counseling for adults and children; case management; assistance in obtaining housing, employment, legal, medical and educational services; emergency, temporary residential care; outreach; advocacy for entitlements; community education; and community outreach to Asian communities throughout New York City.

A recognized corporate leader for its commitment to preventing domestic violence and raising awareness of the issue, Verizon Wireless was the first wireless carrier in the nation to collect and recycle old cell phones and has done so since January 1999 – first in New Jersey and then across the U.S. The wireless equipment is refurbished or recycled in an environmentally friendly manner and the proceeds used to provide wireless phones and service and cash grants to local organizations and shelters like the N.Y. Asian Women’s Center that provide direct services to victims of domestic violence.

Nationally, the HopeLine program has collected more than 5.3 million wireless phones, and given nearly more than $5.6 million in cash grants and more than 80,000 phones with airtime to domestic violence prevention organizations. In the New York area, Verizon Wireless has donated $1 million in products, services and cash grants since 2001, including 1,500 wireless phones.

Verizon Wireless accepts no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition and from any carrier. In addition to Verizon Wireless Communication Stores in the five boroughs, during November and December donations can be made at the following locations:

Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New York
62 Mott Street, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10013

City Council Member John Liu's District Office
135-27 38 Avenue, Room 388
Flushing, NY 11354

New York State Assembly Member Felix Ortiz’ District Office
404 55 Street (corner 4th Avenue), 1st Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Asian Professional Extension
352 Seventh Avenue, Suite 201
New York, NY 10001

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