A U.S. Department of Justice study found one out of every three women in America will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. To make matters worse, studies show that economic difficulties only worsen the problem.
In a survey conducted by Mary Kay Inc., domestic violence shelters in the Midwest reported a 74 percent increase in women seeking help since September 2008.
Experts believe this is due to the down economy, in which heightened stress and tensions are leading to increased incidences of violence.
Now, more than ever, domestic violence prevention and awareness programs are in need of support. Although making donations can be difficult in a down economy, the donation of old wireless devices and accessories is something everyone can afford.
Through HopeLine, Verizon Wireless' phone recycling program that collects and donates wireless phones and equipment to assist domestic violence survivors, Verizon Wireless accepts no-longer-used wireless phones and equipment from any service provider, in any condition.
Phones are refurbished and resold with proceeds going to provide victims with wireless phones and free air time as well as grants for domestic violence agencies right here in Kentucky and across the country.
Phones that cannot be refurbished are recycled in an environmentally sound way. Last year, Kentucky residents donated more than 5,100 no-longer-used wireless phones to HopeLine.
Our employees are strong supporters of the program.
For example, Timothy Smith, manager of Verizon Wireless' new Lexington store at 1895 Vendor Way in Hamburg Place, and his team encourage all of our customers to donate their old phone when they get a new one.
The phones collected provide thousands of minutes of independence to domestic violence survivors and help increase awareness that will help end the cycle of violence.
HopeLine donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless stores nationwide and through donation drives held throughout the year. Donations can also be made via a pre-paid shipping label found at www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
Those who donate old cell phones, batteries and accessories keep the materials from potentially ending up in landfills and also support community non-profit domestic violence prevention and awareness advocacy groups.
Since HopeLine's national phone recycling and re-use program was launched in 2001, Verizon Wireless has:
■ Collected more than 7 million phones;
■ Awarded more than $7.9 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country;
■ Distributed more than 90,000 phones with the equivalent of more than 300 million minutes of free wireless service to be used by survivors of domestic violence;
■ Properly disposed of 1.6 million no-longer-used wireless phones in an environmentally sound way; and
■ Kept more than 200 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfills.
Don't wait — donate your old wireless phones, batteries and accessories today. It's an easy way to get involved and make a difference in the lives of domestic violence survivors in your community.