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Hopeline: Verizon Offers Customers a Way to Fight Domestic Violence by Recycling Their Old Phones

by , 01/17/12
filed under: News, Recycled Materials

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If you have an old cell phone that you’re not quite sure what to do with, why not recycle it and help a fellow human being out at the same time by donating it to Verizon’s HopeLine? Through the program, the used phones are refurbished, set up with 3,000 minutes of wireless service and then given to local domestic violence organizations or local government and law enforcement agencies for use with their domestic violence clients. Phones donated to HopeLine can help victims of abuse feel safer and less isolated by giving them a way to call emergency or support services, family or friends. The program is a great way to turn the electronics that are cluttering up your home into devices with the potential to save lives.

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To donate your phone, batteries or accessories, send them (in any condition) by mail or bring them into a Verizon Wireless store. The phones don’t need to be from Verizon – they can be from any service provider. The phones are then refurbished and sold for reuse, generating proceeds for the program or given directly to domestic violence prevention organizations. If your donated phone is completely unsalvageable, it will be recycled in an environmentally sound way under a zero landfill policy.

Since the launch of HopeLine’s national cell phone recycling and reuse program in 2001, Verizon Wireless has collected more than eight million phones and disposed of them in an environmentally sound way. They’ve also awarded more than $10 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations across the country and distributed more than 106,000 phones with more than 319 million minutes of free wireless service to be used by victims and survivors of domestic violence. If you’re interested in donating your old phone, please visit the link below. It couldn’t be easier and someone who truly needs it is waiting for it at the end of the line.

+ Donate Your Old Phone to Hopeline

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