While I was at BlogHer, I was lucky to be invited to a Verizon Wireless Luncheon. This is when my love for Verizon Grew. I learned a lot of Stats and Facts and even had the chance to win a Tablet (but I didn’t, Darn… Still looking to get one though) But what got me most was one speaker that they had that talked about Domestic Abuse. Verizon Wireless is against Domestic Abuse – and they have this great program Called HopeLine to help those in need. Just remember ladies, Just because you may not have physical marks on your body – Abuse can be physical, Verbal or Mental. None of those are to be tolerated. Please If you feel that you are in need of help, seek it.
Shown Below is a Press Release for the Michigan Hope Line Program.
In 2011, Verizon Wireless donated more than 3.5 million minutes of service and gave more than $300,000 in grants to Michiganshelters and other organizations as part of its overall commitment to preventing domestic violence and putting resources into the hands of survivors.The total donation was made possible in part by phones collected through HopeLine® from Verizon,the company’s phone recycling and reuse program. Michigan residents turned innearly 34,000no-longer-used wireless phones to HopeLine in 2011.
“In 2011, Michiganders stepped up and made a difference in the lives of domestic violence survivors in our area,” said John Granby, president–Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky Region for Verizon Wireless. “The Census tells us that domestic violence services are sought by more than 1,800 individuals every day in Michigan. HopeLine funds generated through donations of used phones, combined with Verizon’s donationof airtime, are helping to ensure that survivors have the resources they need.”
Through HopeLine from Verizon, the company collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any carrier and puts them to work in the community by turning them into support for domestic violence survivors. Phones collected through HopeLine recycling drives are either refurbished and sold or recycled, and proceeds are donated to organizations that work against domestic violence in the form of cash grants and prepaid Verizon Wireless phones for survivors.
Michigan residents are encouraged to easily donate no-longer-used phones and accessories to HopeLine at local Verizon Wireless stores or by downloading postage-paid mailing labels from the HopeLine website.
Verizon Wireless offers a direct link for help across its nationwide wireless network through #HOPE, which provides survivors with an avenue to safety and independence.By dialing “#HOPE” from any Verizon Wireless phone on the nationwide network, survivors of domestic violence are able to access professional support quickly and confidentially. The toll- and airtime-free call is routed to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE).
Since the national recycling program began in 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 9million phones nationwide; awarded more than $14 millionin cash grants to prevention and awarenessprograms nationwide; and donated more than 123,000 HopeLine phones with more than 406 million minutes of airtime to domestic violence victims, survivors and organizations. The program has also disposed of more than 1 million phones in an environmentally sound way and refurbished the remaining units.
And More Recently –
HopeLine® from Verizon today launched a new mobile tool, the HopeLine app, to further aid in its ongoing mission to support victims of domestic violence. Through this new app, individuals suffering from domestic violence will have quick access to resources and assistance in a time of need. Users can connect directly to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) for crisis intervention, information or referrals using #HOPE.
In addition, theHopeLineapp will serve as an online community for those looking to share their inspirational stories of survival and volunteers looking to discuss their own outreach efforts. Photos and videos can be directly shared through the app, giving users the ability to engage with others who are involved in domestic violence awareness.
For users who want to offer their support,the HopeLine app makes it easy for wireless users to donate no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories toHopeLine, Verizon Wireless’ national cell phone recycling program. Using location-based technology, the app guides users to the nearest Verizon Wireless Communications Store,where they can easily drop off devices and accessories for donation.Cash donations to the cause are also possible through the text-to-donate option; customers can now make a donation of $10 to the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) directly from their mobile devices.
“With the HopeLine app, we are giving necessary resources to victims seeking help, as well as individuals looking to get involved,” said Elva Lima, executive director of community relations and multicultural communications atVerizon Wireless. “Wireless phones and technology can serve as a vital lifeline for those who need support, and we are putting the power of our network anddevices in the hands of those who need it.”
For more than a decade, HopeLine from Verizon has raised awareness of domestic violence, providing hope to victims and survivors who have experienced its detrimental effects and has engaged the public in a nationwide conversation on the issue. HopeLine collects no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories and puts them to work in communities by helping victims and survivors of domestic violence. Donated devices and accessories are turned into support to help victims of domestic violence through the use of cash grants and refurbished phones. Since 2001, HopeLine has donated nearly 123,000 phones to domestic violence organizations across the country. No-longer-used phones collected through HopeLine have also been recycled to fund more than $14.2 million in cash grants for organizations working to end domestic violence.
The Hopeline app can be downloaded on a wide range of Android smartphones and tablets from Verizon Apps, from theVerizon Wireless online Media Store and Google Play.There is no charge to download the app, but a Verizon Wireless data plan is required and usage may count toward a customer’s data allowance.
To learn more about HopeLine from Verizon and to become involved, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
*Thank you Verizon for this great information.
I was not compensated for this post.