Verizon Wireless HopeLine Program Donates Year-End Funds to Georgia Domestic Violence Shelters

Company's Foundation Also Provides Communication Lifeline, Giving Pre-Paid Phone Cards to Women's Shelters Across the State

Dec 21, 2010, 15:23 ET from Verizon Wireless

ATLANTA, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless, a corporate leader in domestic violence awareness, announced this week they donated both monetary grants and 600 prepaid phone cards to domestic violence shelters across Georgia.  

The following six women's shelters in Georgia each received a $1,000 grant and 100 phone cards from Verizon Wireless, with 60 minutes of talk time on each card: Alliance for Battered Women (Columbus), Caminar Latino (Doraville), Liberty House (Albany), Macon Rescue Mission (Macon), Project SAFE (Athens) and SAFE Shelter (Savannah). The monetary donation is a gift from the company's HopeLine® program and the phone cards are courtesy of Verizon LiveSource, as part of a national effort by Verizon to donate $150,000 in calling cards to domestic violence shelters across the country.

"In a domestic violence situation, a phone call can literally be a lifeline – to safety, to a job interview, to independence.  We are very grateful to Verizon Wireless for this generous gift of resources to help Georgia's women and children live violence-free and for its continuous support over the years," said Cheryl Branch, executive director of SAFE Shelter in Savannah.

Verizon has a nationally recognized commitment to raising awareness of domestic violence and aiding in its prevention.  In 2009 alone, the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, donated more than 18,000 phones to domestic violence organizations in Georgia. The company also continues to work with the Atlanta Falcons to collect phones during key football games, extending the recognition of the HopeLine program.  

"Verizon has a long history of taking action to aid in the prevention of domestic violence, which ultimately touches all of us. Nearly one in four women, one in nine men, and over 3 million children have been affected by domestic violence. Wireless phones and technology can serve as a vital link to emergency or support services in a time of crisis or as a reliable, safe connection to employers, family and friends as survivors rebuild their lives," said Jeff Mango, president – Georgia/Alabama Region, Verizon Wireless.  

HopeLine from Verizon collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider. The phones are then refurbished or recycled in an environmentally sound way and proceeds go exclusively to domestic violence organizations. Since the launch of the cell phone recycling program, HopeLine from Verizon has:

  • Collected more than 7 million phones
  • Awarded more than $7.9 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country
  • Distributed more than 90,000 phones with the equivalent of more than 300 million minutes of free wireless service to be used by victims of domestic violence
  • Kept more than 200 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfills

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