Verizon Wireless Helps Bring the Issue of Abuse to Light During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Throughout the month, Verizon Wireless is sponsoring special HopeLine phone collections across the nation where consumers can learn more about the epidemic of domestic violence; and donate their old wireless phones to the company’s long-running and exclusive HopeLine program to help victims.

  • HopeLine makes it easy for consumers to get involved and make a difference during DVAM – Scheduled HopeLine events include phone collections at sporting events and the How Sweet the Sound choir competitions. More information is available on the HopeLine DVAM Information Center at www.verizonwireless.com/hopelineDVAM, which will be updated throughout the month.
  • Verizon Wireless employees to step up efforts throughout DVAM – Raising awareness of domestic violence is part of Verizon Wireless’ culture. Planned DVAM activities include HopeLine phone collections at company locations nationwide, employee volunteer opportunities at domestic violence agencies and participation by company officials in local domestic violence awareness events.
  • All HopeLine events benefit domestic violence victims – Since 2001, when the recycling program launched, Verizon Wireless has collected nearly 6.5 million phones and put more than 76,000 phones with 228 million minutes of service into the hands of domestic violence victims, thanks to the generosity of consumers and businesses who have donated phones to HopeLine.

“We’re in the fortunate position of having a product that can help change the life of someone who has been affected by domestic violence, enabling them to get assistance or stay in touch with friends and family,” said Lowell McAdam, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless. “While we put our technology to work for domestic violence victims every day, Domestic Violence Awareness Month gives us the opportunity to engage the community and open up discussions around this very serious issue. We urge all wireless customers to visit a store or find a HopeLine event near them and donate their old wireless phones this month. Together, we can make a difference.”

About HopeLineHopeLine accepts wireless phones and accessories in any condition from any carrier for reuse and recycling at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide or by mail using the postage-paid label available at www.verizonwireless.com/hopelinemailinglabel. Phones given to HopeLine 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 advocacy organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness. To learn more about HopeLine, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Media can access high-resolution HopeLine logos and images and broadcast-quality video of the HopeLine program in the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.)

About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving 87.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 87,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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.

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