Back to School Fund Created at YMCA in Richmond, VA

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Story by Melanie Ortel

Families with school-age children will spend an average of $634 on back-to-school necessities this year, according to the National Retail Federation.

 To help ease the financial burden for families living in temporary shelter at the YWCA of Richmond, Verizon Wireless donated $5,000 to the non-profit to create a back-to-school shopping fund. The grant was made in honor of longtime HopeLine advocate and domestic violence survivor, Sgt. Carol Adams, who has served on the Richmond Police force for the past 16 years. HopeLine from Verizon collects no longer needed wireless devices from any service provider to recycle or refurbish. READ MORE….

 

Spring Cleaning Through Smartphone Recycling
According to a survey by mobile security app maker Lookout, 62 percent of respondents said they have at least one unused mobile phone in their household and 11 percent have four or more old phones lying around. For those looking to roll up their sleeves this spring and clear household clutter, recycling these old phones offers a two-for-the-price-of-one benefit.
First, it helps the environment by keeping electronic waste out of landfills. Since 2001, HopeLine from Verizon, for example, has recycled 1.7 million wireless phones and kept more than 260 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfills. Second, many of the recycled phones benefit worthwhile charities. HopeLine from Verizon has provided more than $18 million in cash grants have been given to domestic violence organizations donated 151,000 HopeLine phones have been donated for used by victims and survivors. Click through to learn more about Verizon WIreless’ Hopeline.

Spring Cleaning Through Smartphone Recycling

According to a survey by mobile security app maker Lookout, 62 percent of respondents said they have at least one unused mobile phone in their household and 11 percent have four or more old phones lying around. For those looking to roll up their sleeves this spring and clear household clutter, recycling these old phones offers a two-for-the-price-of-one benefit.


First, it helps the environment by keeping electronic waste out of landfills. Since 2001, HopeLine from Verizon, for example, has recycled 1.7 million wireless phones and kept more than 260 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfills. Second, many of the recycled phones benefit worthwhile charities. HopeLine from Verizon has provided more than $18 million in cash grants have been given to domestic violence organizations donated 151,000 HopeLine phones have been donated for used by victims and survivors. Click through to learn more about Verizon WIreless’ Hopeline.

Earth Day With Verizon Wireless In Hoboken New Jersey

This year Verizon Wireless in the New York Metro region launched TAB, a consumer education program to encourage customers to Think Green, Act Green, And Be Green by going paperless with their billing, requesting e-receipts and recycling old cell phones through the Device Recycling Program or by donating old phones to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, which supports domestic violence survivors and their families.   

As part of the TAB community outreach program, Verizon Wireless is sponsoring a series of tree plantings throughout New York City and New Jersey. On April 22, Regional President Patrick Devlin and Hoboken Verizon Wireless Store employees joined local school children and representatives from the City of Hoboken for an Earth Day tree planting ceremony which was held in Church Square Park in Hoboken, New Jersey.  Verizon Wireless donated a cherry blossom tree to help green the park which had several trees destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.

Devlin also presented a $5,000 HopeLine grant to representatives from WomenRising. This non-profit organization has been in existence for 125 years and is empowering women and residents who are victims of domestic violence from Hoboken and throughout Hudson County. HopeLine collects no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories and turns them into support for domestic violence organizations nationwide. Through HopeLine, Verizon Wireless has donated hundreds of thousands of phones and awarded millions of dollars in cash grants to partner agencies. To learn more about HopeLine and how you can help click here: http://aboutus.verizonwireless.com/commitment/community_programs/hopeline/

Teens Tackle Growing Problem Of Dating Violence Through PSA Competition

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As a technology leader and committed advocate for domestic and dating violenceprevention, Verizon Wireless partnered with local leaders in Montgomery County, Maryland, to sponsor the fourth annual Choose Respect conference and PSA competition to help raise awareness of relationship abuse and encourage itsprevention through education.

 More than 75 teams of middle and high school students submitted videos for the PSA contest, and the top three winners, as determined by a panel of independentjudges, received award money through HopeLine, Verizon Wireless’ domestic violence initiative which includes a phone recycling and grant program.  HopeLine grants totaling more than $2,000 were awarded with the first placewinner receiving $1,000; second place winner $750; and third place winner $500. In addition, each of these future filmmakers were given a Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone with HD video capability for use in shooting and editing their next creative production.

 To view these award-winning, student-produced PSAs, go to:

 ·    “Wake Up” http://youtu.be/7WxRqRK1KXQ

 ·     “This Is Not Love” http://youtu.be/QXCN6bJ0oDs

 ·     “Speak Up”  http://youtu.be/rwLzjIazfeE

Join Verizon Today in Helping to Prevent Domestic Violence

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A Day to Connect, Inspire and Heal is a groundbreaking summit on domestic violence prevention intended to spark a national conversation about domestic violence and to drive solutions to this societal issue affecting millions. Throughout the day, you can watch the live stream at the link below and participate in thought-provoking conversations on topics ranging from engaging men and boys as part of the solution to working with youth to prevent teen dating violence.

Join the conversation and be part of this one-of-a-kind gathering by:

Watching the live stream

Reading Inspirational Blogs

Posting Your Comments

Verizon Hosts Summit to Raise Awareness and Drive Solutions
On Thursday, Feb. 21, approximately 300 leaders from domestic violence prevention organizations across the country will gather to explore current issues and highlight positive and healing solutions. A Day to Connect, Inspire and Heal, a summit hosted by Verizon, is intended to spark a national conversation about domestic violence and to drive solutions to this societal issue.

The Summit will be streamed live from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST on Verizon Insider. Viewers can participate in the conversations by submitting questions to expert panelists and moderators, who include prominent journalists such as Dr. Richard Besser, chief health and medical examiner of ABC News, sportscaster James Brown, and Christi Paul, CNN anchor.

Viewers can also become active by donating their old wireless phones and accessories to HopeLine from Verizon, a program that helps connect domestic violence survivors to vital resources and funds domestic violence prevention organizations. Through HopeLine, the company recycles and furbishes no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories and provides wireless phones with minutes and text-messaging service to domestic violence survivors. 
You can also take action against domestic violence with the HopeLine App for smartphones and tablets. Access domestic violence resources, learn how to donate or host a drive, text to donate, share success stories and more. A call button connects you directly to the National Network to End Domestic Violence for crisis intervention, information or referrals.
Download the App for Android
Download the App for Apple
Join the conversation and become part of the solution. 

Verizon Hosts Summit to Raise Awareness and Drive Solutions

On Thursday, Feb. 21, approximately 300 leaders from domestic violence prevention organizations across the country will gather to explore current issues and highlight positive and healing solutions. A Day to Connect, Inspire and Heal, a summit hosted by Verizon, is intended to spark a national conversation about domestic violence and to drive solutions to this societal issue.

The Summit will be streamed live from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST on Verizon Insider. Viewers can participate in the conversations by submitting questions to expert panelists and moderators, who include prominent journalists such as Dr. Richard Besser, chief health and medical examiner of ABC News, sportscaster James Brown, and Christi Paul, CNN anchor.

Viewers can also become active by donating their old wireless phones and accessories to HopeLine from Verizon, a program that helps connect domestic violence survivors to vital resources and funds domestic violence prevention organizations. Through HopeLine, the company recycles and furbishes no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories and provides wireless phones with minutes and text-messaging service to domestic violence survivors. 

You can also take action against domestic violence with the HopeLine App for smartphones and tablets. Access domestic violence resources, learn how to donate or host a drive, text to donate, share success stories and more. A call button connects you directly to the National Network to End Domestic Violence for crisis intervention, information or referrals.

Download the App for Android

Download the App for Apple

Join the conversation and become part of the solution. 

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s 9th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Support’s HopeLine from Verizon Wireless

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In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey hosted its 9th Annual Day of Service. Over 600 students and faculty turned out to volunteer and support various organizations, both on & off campus. Verizon Wireless was on campus to help raise awareness for HopeLine and kick off a year-long partnership with the school. More than 20 students, including the Residence Hall Association, volunteered to help collect no longer used devices around campus and will continue to collect devices on campus throughout the year. Faculty members will begin to incorporate HopeLine Drives into their service plans for the 2013-2014 school year.

HopeLine from Verizon puts the nation’s most reliable network to work in the community by turning no-longer used cell phones into support for domestic violence victims and survivors. Click here for more information on how you can help. 

Verizon Wireless’ Annual “Packs for Pride” Initiative Spreads Cheer to Local Children Affected By Domestic Violence & Those Impacted By Hurricane Sandy

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On Tuesday, December 11, Verizon Wireless Philadelphia Tri-State Region employees donated more than 1,200 backpacks filled with warm winter clothes, personal care items, and toys for children of families affected by domestic violence, as well as Hurricane Sandy. The employee-driven initiative is part of the annual “Packs for Pride” program, made possible through the company’s HopeLine program.

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This year’s “Packs for Pride” ceremony featured 11 local organizations at the Verizon Wireless store at the Reading Terminal Headhouse in Philadelphia. Organization representatives gathered with Verizon Wireless Philadelphia Tri-State Region President Mario Turco, Philadelphia Eagles’ Swoop, and Santa Claus to show support for victims of domestic violence and Hurricane Sandy.

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Over the past 13 years, more than 7,000 backpacks and thousands of dollars worth of items have been donated through “Packs for Pride.” This year’s participating organizations, including The Salvation Army New Jersey and Congreso will distribute the packs to children in need throughout the region this holiday season.

To find out more about Hopeline and how you can contribute visit: http://aboutus.verizonwireless.com/communityservice/hopeLine.html

Verizon Wireless Hosts Hopeline Community event in Dover, DE

On Saturday, August 25, in conjunction with Mayor Carey, People’s Place, Bayhealth Medical Center and the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Verizon Wireless presented local non-profit Witney’s Lights’ Founder and President Quincy A. Rose and Executive Director Kevin Lucas with a donation of $2,000 for the organization’s commitment to domestic violence awareness and prevention.

For more information on HopeLine® by Verizon, see link below: http://aboutus.verizonwireless.com/communityservice/hopeLine.html

The Online Mom (@TheOnlineMom), with help from country music star Shy Blakeman (@ShyBlakeman), is hosting a live Twitter chat tomorrow, May 30th at 9pm. Join the conversation, and you could win a Samsung 7.7 Galaxy Tab.

The Verizon Domestic Violence Entrepreneurship Training Program provides funding to entrepreneurs who have escaped the cycle of violence and are ready to put their skills to work to get a home office or small business up and running.