Verizon Wireless plans to provide more than 22,000 wireless phones to domestic-violence agencies this year through its HopeLine Program.
The program aims to provide a total of more than 66 million minutes of service this year to victims of domestic abuse so they can contact friends, family, shelter support staff and potential employers.
Since its inception in 2001, Verizon expects to have donated more than 80,000 HopeLine phones with 240 million minutes of airtime to domestic-violence agencies by year’s end.
The HopeLine Program also has awarded more than $5.6 million in cash grants to domestic-violence organizations throughout the U.S. since 2001.
Consumers can donate old wireless phones, batteries and accessories to the HopeLine Program at any Verizon retail store nationwide.
In the last seven years, HopeLine’s national phone-recycling program has collected more than 5.3 million phones.
Based in Basking Ridge, N.J., Verizon Wireless provides phone and data services to more than 68.7 million customers.