Why You Should Donate Your Old Cell Phone - #VZWBUZZ

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.
— John Holmes

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As a longtime customer it has always been my opinion that Verizon is an excellent company.  But I can't say enough about their corporate responsibility, community programs, dedication to sustainability / green initiatives and innovation programs.

Let me introduce you to HopeLine® from Verizon-

HopeLine® from Verizon recycles and refurbishes no-longer used cell phones and accessories to help survivors of domestic violence. Verizon collects no-longer-used phones and accessories in any condition from any wireless provider at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store, through a HopeLine® phone drive, or through the mail.  Verizon then refurbishes or recycles the phones and turns them into support for domestic violence victims and survivors. Phones that cannot be refurbished are recycled under their zero-landfill policy.

Wireless phones and technology serve as a vital link for all of us. They're an especially safe and reliable way for domestic violence victims and survivors to reach emergency or support services in times of crisis. HopeLine® phones are equipped with 3,000 anytime minutes of airtime and texting capabilities. They come with Verizon Wireless Nationwide Coverage, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, 3-Way Calling, Caller ID, Basic Voice Mail and texting. HopeLine phones are available to survivors affiliated with participating domestic violence agencies. 

How to Donate a Wireless Phone

  1. Erase any data from the phone and disconnect the device's service with your wireless provider.
  2. Remove any storage cards (microSD, etc.) and SIM cards from the phone, and be sure to include any travel chargers or other accessories that came with the device that you no longer need.
  3. Turn the phone's power off.
  4. Make sure the phone's batteries are installed in the phone. Please do not include any loose batteries.
  5. If you're mailing in the phone and accessories, pack them up and seal the package securely. Print out the postage-paid label (with your return address filled in) and attach it to the box or envelope. Then, just drop it in the mail.

Click here to print a postage paid mailing label.

Click here to get involved and learn how to host a phone drive.

If you are in danger call 911, your local hotline, or the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233(SAFE) and TTY 1-800-787-3224.