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Verizon Wireless HopeLine Program
September 22, 2009, Volume 56, No. 04

To help fight domestic violence and to demonstrate its commitment to the Penn community, Verizon Wireless is holding a cell phone drive now through November 7, at its new store at 3631 Walnut Street. The beneficiaries are the University of Pennsylvania’s Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center and the Division of Public Safety.

Verizon Wireless marked its recent store opening with HopeLine contributions to these two Penn organizations: the Division of Public Safety, which provides special services to help students cope with dating violence, rape, etc., and the Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence, which provides research and resources to local legislators, advocacy organizations and educators. Each organization received $2,500.

“During this time of economic downturn, the Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center is especially grateful for Verizon’s support. Funds raised through the HopeLine project will go to support the work of student-initiated research and travel to conferences,” said Dr. Susan Sorenson, professor from the School of Social Policy & Practice.

Verizon Wireless’ main philanthropy focus is domestic violence awareness and prevention. Through HopeLine, Verizon Wireless refurbishes no-longer-needed phones from any carrier and makes them available to individuals and families living in emergency situations. If the phones collected are not usable, they are recycled in exchange for funds that are made available to local domestic violence agencies, law enforcement, and shelters in the form of cash grants.

“We want to thank Verizon Wireless for recognizing the urgent need of victims of domestic violence to be able to call 911 in an emergency. The HopeLine initiative gives victims of domestic violence a cost free tool, a cell phone with free minutes, in order to protect themselves, and in many instances their children. We salute Verizon Wireless for creating this hope and life line,” said Maureen Rush, vice president for public safety.

Verizon Wireless is taking its commitment to the Penn community a step further by encouraging students, faculty, staff and local residents to get involved. Between now and November 7, any time someone donates an old phone to the new store, Verizon Wireless will contribute an additional $5, up to $5,000.

Since 2001, Verizon Wireless has collected 5.6 million phones and distributed nearly $6.3 million in cash grants to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs. The company has made more than 76,000 phones with free airtime available to survivors of domestic violence. Visit www.VerizonWireless.com/HopeLine.


Almanac - September 22, 2009, Volume 56, No. 04