image    There are a lot of great causes I could support on this blog. And I get pitches about a lot of them every day. But I only chose to throw my voice behind a few. And when Verizon contacted my about their HopeLine® program, I knew I needed to get the word out. Because unfortunately, there are way too many women who desperately need this program.

Thankfully, I have never been involved with anyone who was abusive to me. And as far as I know no one close to me has either, but I do have family and friends who have been in seriously emotionally abusive relationships. And the fact is, many women suffer in silence and hide their stories well so who knows who might be suffering around us. The facts tell us that one in 4 women have been affected by domestic violence. One in four. That is astounding.

Verizon Wireless’ long-running HopeLine® program collects used wireless phones and equipment in any condition from any service provider. The used phones are either refurbished or recycled. With the funds raised from the sale of the refurbished phones, Verizon Wireless donates wireless phones and airtime to survivors, and provides funding and other contributions to non-profit domestic violence shelters and prevention programs across the country. Any phone that cannot be refurbished is recycled keeping more than 200 tons of electronics waste and batteries out of landfills.

I also learned that any person who is on Verizon’s network can dial #HOPE at any time and will be connected with the National Domestic Violence Hotline. That call is toll free and airtime free. AND, in honor of October being Domestic Violence Month, Verizon will be donating $25,000 to local nonprofit organizations which benefit domestic violence survivors and their families.

Do you have an old phone that you aren’t using anymore? It is so easy to donate. Simply take the phone, remove your storage card, turn the phone off and stick it in the mail with this mailing label. Verizon takes care of the rest. Here is some more information on donation. What an easy way to help someone who desperately needs it.

Verizon contacted me to help spread the word about their program which I happily did. I am frankly not even a Verizon customer. But I think this is a great program and wanted to pass on the information to my readers. I was not compensated in any way.


  1. abba12 says:

    A lot of people seem to assume these sorts of programs are pointless, that no one actually calls these helplines except pranksters and confused teens, and that the real issues are usually handled by friends and family around a person, not an anonymous phoneline. While it’s true that some types of people would never consider calling a line like this, some types of people will and do, especially those who have no safe person to talk to.

    While I am not American, we have our own versions of these sorts of things in Australia and they were such a help to me during tough times when I couldn’t safely talk to anyone else.

  2. Christie says:

    Not on this topic, but I just saw the World Vision/Veggie Tales video on Andrea’s website–so awesome that you’ll continue to help kids get sponsored!!!

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