Community Groups Host Phone Drives to Help End Domestic Violence

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 21 percent of adults and 20 percent of teens living in the U.S. have experienced dating or domestic violence. To raise awareness of this critical social issue, organizations across the country are taking a stand and hosting HopeLine from Verizon phone drives.

For example, Boy Scout Troop 616 from Calhoun, Tenn., took its efforts to the streets by collecting no-longer-used phones and accessories at neighborhood stores and churches. Together with their parents, members of the troop collected nearly 200 devices in support of domestic violence victims and survivors.

Similarly, members of the Westchester County, N.Y., chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the nation’s oldest African American service sorority, made HopeLine part of its regional conference activities. At the event, attendees donated 600 wireless phones to HopeLine.

A HopeLine drive to benefit the Friendship Home, a 24-hour emergency shelter for domestic violence survivors and their children, was held in Lincoln, Neb. Volunteers collected more than 1,200 phones at various locations throughout Lincoln and the surrounding areas. For each phone collected as part of the drive, Verizon Wireless made a $5 donation to the Friendship Home, raising more than $6,000 for children’s services and advocacy.

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