Phone drive benefits domestic violence survivors
by Jess Berry
Oct 21, 2014 | 2730 views | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The speed with which new technology is produced, making the latest gadget obsolete almost immediately after it is released, means that almost everyone has an out-of-use cell phone lying in a drawer gathering dust somewhere in their home.

For the month of August, Brooklynites can take those unused phones and accessories to State Senator Kevin Parker’s district office and benefit both the environment and survivors of domestic violence.

Parker is hosting a HopeLine phone drive in partnership with Verizon Wireless, which launched the HopeLine program in 2001.

Donated phones collected by HopeLine are either refurbished and sold or responsibly recycled, with all proceeds being donated to domestic violence organizations.

Refurbished phones come with 3,000 anytime minutes and text messaging and are then given to domestic violence organizations nationwide to distribute to domestic violence survivors.

Since its 2001 launch, HopeLine has collected more than 10 million phones, donated more than $21 million in cash grants to domestic violence groups and distributed over 180,000 refurbished phones to domestic violence survivors.

"Verizon Wireless is committed to supporting survivors of domestic violence though our HopeLine program, and we are thrilled to collaborate with Senator Parker on this phone drive,” said Andrew Testa, public relations manager for Verizon Wireless New York Metro.

“This partnership will help us continue our efforts to end domestic violence in our communities by supporting local agencies and getting phones into the hands of as many domestic violence survivors as possible,” he added.

The phone drive coincides with October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“We encourage local residents to come to our District Office throughout October and donate their no-longer-used wireless devices to take a stand against domestic violence and support those who have endured it in our community,” Parker said.

Phones can be dropped off at Senator Parker’s district office, located at 1300 Flatbush Ave., up until Oct. 31.

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