Northern Californians Can Turn Their Old Wireless Phones Into A Gift Of Hope This Valentine's Day

WALNUT CREEK, CA — For most Northern California couples, Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate relationships. However, some relationships may also include abuse. Studies show 23.6 percent of women and 11.5 percent of men reported at least one lifetime episode of intimate-partner violence. That is why Verizon Wireless' long-standing HopeLine program puts the nation's most reliable wireless network to work by turning unused wireless phones into support for individuals who have experienced unhealthy relationships.

Customers in Northern California can join with Verizon Wireless to help make a difference this Valentine's Day and year-round by donating their no-longer-used wireless phones to HopeLine. For survivors of domestic violence, a wireless phone can be a vital link to emergency or support services in a time of crisis or a reliable, safe connection to employers, family and friends.

No-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider are accepted in any Verizon Wireless Communications Store. For more information on Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program and to learn how to donate a wireless phone, visit  

Phones that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally sound way. Proceeds from the HopeLine program are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness. In 2008, Verizon Wireless awarded more than $266,000 in cash grants to more than 37 Northern California domestic violence agencies.

Since the October 2001 launch of Verizon Wireless' national recycling program, the company has collected more than 5.6 million phones, preventing those phones from being deposited in landfills. HopeLine has also distributed more than 76,000 phones with more than 228 million minutes of free wireless service to victims of domestic violence and awarded Awarded more than $6.3 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country.

Last year, consumers and businesses in California donated 237,100 old and no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories to HopeLine. These donations made it possible for Verizon Wireless to provide 2,330 wireless phones with nearly seven million minutes of service to domestic violence agencies throughout California to help victims and survivors rebuild their lives.

For additional information on Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program and store locations, visit  

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