Verizon Wireless, Gonzaga Team Up To Help Curb Domestic Violence

Jan. 26, 2011

SPOKANE, Wash. - For the second year, Verizon Wireless is joining forces with Gonzaga University to help curb domestic violence with the company's HopeLine national phone recycling program that has collected more than 7 million phones nationally since 2001.

Fans attending Thursday's men's basketball game against St. Mary's College are encouraged to donate used wireless phones and accessories from any carrier to benefit survivors of domestic violence through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program. Drop boxes will be located around McCarthey Athletic Center entrances by noon with the gates opening at 6:30 p.m. The drop boxes will be available for phone and equipment donations for seven days following Thursday's game.

"The Gonzaga University Athletics Department is pleased to partner with Verizon Wireless on this important cause. The HopeLine program continues to be a source of great support for victims of domestic violence," said Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth. "We ask our fans to help support this worthwhile cause."

Nationally, only about ten percent of wireless phones are recycled each year. Through the HopeLine program, tons of electronic waste and batteries are kept from entering landfills and used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any service provider are then recycled, refurbished and sold. Verizon Wireless uses the proceeds to award grants and free wireless phones with airtime to shelters, non-profit human services and law enforcement agencies to aid survivors of domestic violence.

Since 2006, Washingtonians have donated 35,000 used phones per year to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program. In 2009, the used equipment collections resulted in $300,000 in HopeLine grants, free wireless phones and airtime contributions benefitting 17 Washington shelters and domestic violence education programs.

Since HopeLine's national phone recycling and re-use program was launched nationwide in 2001, Verizon Wireless:

* Has collected more than 7 million phones

 

 

* Awarded almost $8 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations in the U.S.

* Distributed more than 90,000 phones with more than 300 million minutes of free airtime and other features valued at more than $30 million to be used by victims of domestic violence

* Properly disposed of more than 1.6 million no-longer-used wireless phones in an environmentally sound way

*Kept more than 200 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfills

Wireless phones and equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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