A recycle program is providing hope for more than the environment.
April is sexual awareness month, and if you are wondering what to do with your old cell phone after upgrading you might consider a program called Hopeline. It recycles no longer used cell phones, batteries, and chargers to help victims of sexual or domestic abuse.
“Customers can come in and donate unused phones that are still in working condition we in turn can use to donate to programs,” explained Joe Fletcher, Verizon Wireless Rep.
Verizon refurbishes the phones, sells them, and turns the proceeds into support for organizations that increase awareness of domestic and sexual violence.
Some of the phones are given to agencies directly, complete with minutes for calls and texts, for clients to use. According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), domestic violence touches us all –affecting nearly one in four women, one in nine men and more than three million children.
Donated phones help victims feel safer and less isolated by giving them a way to call emergency or support services.
Hopeline started in 2001, and since then close to 11-million phones have been collected nationwide.
How to Donate
Verizon encourages everyone who plans to give a phone to HopeLine to erase any personal data on the phone by erasing contacts from the address book, deleting call logs, erasing messages, removing stored photos and other media. As part of the refurbishing process, phones donated to HopeLine are scrubbed prior to distributing them for reuse to ensure all customer data is removed. Donated phones are not tax deductible.
There are two ways to donate phones to HopeLine:
- In Person: Drop phones at any Verizon Wireless communications Store. To find a store visit the online store
locator at: www.verizonwireless.com/storelocator
- By Mail: Print a postage-paid label at
http://www.verizonwireless.com/dam/aboutus/pdfs/hopelinemailinglabel.pdf, adhere it to the box/envelope
and mail. Review all shipping instructions carefully and include a return address on the label.
You can read more on the effort at: http://www.verizonwireless.com/aboutus/hopeline/