Cell Phones (donate)


  • Domestic violence is a silent epidemic that continues to take its toll in communities throughout the country and around the world. Nearly one in four women, one in seven men and more than three million children in the United States are affected by domestic violence. Domestic violence organizations throughout the country are conducting critical work each day to prevent violence while advocating for the rights and safety of survivors.

  • Donated cell phones, batteries and accessories can be given to victims of domestic violence, to allow them to call 911 in an emergency, and give survivors of domestic violence a voice.

  • Millions of Americans are affected by domestic violence every day.  In these situations, a phone can be a precious lifeline.  For survivors, phones an provide independence and emotional security, while playing a crucial role in helping keep them safe. 

    Using their phones, people can make arrangements to leave their abusers and call for help during violent situations.

    Some states require for survivors to be notified if their attackers are released from jail.  Having a consistent phone number enables officials to notify victims to be on alert.

    When survivors initially leave their abusers, they often move between shelters.  Phones enable them to stay in contact with loved ones, employers, and service providers.   

    To find out how to donate your phone, visit:  http://www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  (HopeLine from Verizon Wireless)
Statistics
  • Donating your mobile phone benefits domestic violence survivors and the organizations that support them. 

    1 in 3 women experience physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. 

    1 in 4 men experience physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.

    On a typical day, more than 20,000 phone calls are placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
    (Verizon Wireless Hopeline Program http://scache.vzw.com/dam/news/images/november-2014/story-phone_580-wide-infographic.jpg)
What You Can Do
  • Old, working cell phones may be donated to domestic violence programs, where the phones can be used by victims of violence, to call 911 for help.  Be sure to erase your personal information before donating your phone.   Help give survivors of domestic violence a voice.

    Donate to the YWCA of Spokane - Alternatives to Domestic Violence.  (listed below under Resources)  They have a phone drop-off bin located at their front desk.  This building is open from 6 am to 10 pm, Monday - Sunday.  Some of these donated phones which are in very good condition are given to their victims of domestic violence.  Other phones are shipped out and sold, and the proceeds from those sales go to the YWCA's programs. 
  • Donate old cell phones to any Verizon corporate store.  Your wireless phone can be a lifeline for a survivor of domestic violence.  HopeLine collects no-longer used wireless phones, batteries, chargers and accessories in any condition from any service provider to benefit victims and survivors of domestic violence.

    Survivors of domestic violence typically can’t use their old mobile devices once they’ve left their abusers.  When you donate your phone to HopeLine, it is recycled and refurbished and turned into valuable financial support for domestic violence awareness and prevention initiatives. These phones are given with 9,000 minutes of prepaid service. 

    Here are four simple steps to make a donation:

    1. Erase any data from the phone and disconnect the phone’s service with your wireless provider.

    2. Remove any storage cards and SIM cards from the phone.  Verizon will thoroughly refurbish donated phones.

    3. Place your wireless phone in any condition and from any service provider along with the battery, charger and any accessories you wish to donate in a plastic bag.

      Find a Verizon Wireless corporate retail store near you to drop your wireless phone and accessories in a HopeLine bin.  If you let the store know you want to donate the phone to HopeLine, they will also give you a receipt for a tax donation. 

      15106 E. Indiana Avenue
      Spokane Valley, WA  99216
      (509) 891-0287

      4306 S. Regal Street
      Spokane, WA  99223
      (509) 443-8545

      808 W. Main
      Spokane, WA  99201
      (509) 624-0271

      6227 N. Division Street
      Spokane, WA  99208
      (509) 489-5461

    4. Don’t have time to go to a Verizon store?  Pack your wireless phone, battery, charger and accessories in a secure package. Print out our pre-paid mailing label from their website, and just drop it in the mail.   (HopeLine from Verizon Wireless, http://www.verizon.com/about/responsibility/get-involved

  • Hold a phone drive.  With a little bit of planning and utilizing Verizon's HopeLine materials, you can host a phone drive that will benefit victims of domestic violence.

    Here are four simple steps to host a phone drive:

    1. Select the dates and location for your drive. Be sure to plan for the length of your collection when you do so.

    2. Get free HopeLine materials to promote and host your drive. Mail your request with the dates you've planned and we'll send you the materials.

    3. Place the collection boxes in visible but secure locations. Move collections to a storage area as needed.

    4. Pack your collected phones, batteries and accessories securely for shipment. Request mailing labels for special collections and ship your phones using the label provided.

  • Allow the homeless/needy to use your phone to contact their family members, to ask for help.  Access their family’s phone numbers at http://dexonline.com.   
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