Just the one company, Hoosiers, donated over fifteen thousand used cell phones to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program over the course of 2010. The HopeLine program, which was established in order to help survivors of domestic violence in Indiana in the United States, both reuses the old cell phones by giving them to the victims and also recycles them in order to give cash to non profit organizations that try to prevent and raise awareness of domestic violence, in addition to local shelters.
“Hoosier donations are critical to the ongoing support of Indiana-based non-profits that serve families in need,” says the executive director of public relations for Verizon Wireless in the Midwest area, Carolyn Schamberger. “Ongoing donations can be made to local retail stores throughout the year and provide us with additional resources so that local non-profits can continue to serve their communities. Survivors often rely on those donated cell phones, so they can stay in touch with important contacts while they rebuild their lives.”
HopeLine managed to collect more than a million old cell phones from all over the United States last year. It gave grants worth more than two million to almost four hundred and fifty domestic violence programs in the same year. It also gave away more than a hundred and six thousand used cell phones to victims and help organizations. Donations to the HopeLine service can be given at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the United States.