Zag fans: Donate used cell phones tonight so support shelters, domestic violence survivors

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FLI_072913_smartphone1The YWCA Spokane’s Alternatives to Domestic Violence program is joining forces with Verizon Wireless and Gonzaga University to help curb domestic violence with the HopeLine national phone recycling program.

YWCA supporters and Zag Fans attending the game against Portland tonight at 8 pm are encouraged to donate used wireless phones, chargers and other accessories (from any carrier) to benefit survivors of domestic violence. Drop boxes will be located around the McCarthey Center by 6:30 pm when gates open, according to a press release.

Nationally,  about 10 percent of wireless phones are recycled each year. Through the HopeLine program, tons of electronic waste and batteries are kept from entering landfills—and used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any service provider are then recycled, refurbished and sold. Verizon Wireless uses the proceeds to award grants and free wireless phones with airtime to shelters, non-profit human services and law enforcement agencies to aid survivors of domestic violence, according to a press release.

Since 2006, Washingtonians have donated 35,000 used phones per year to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program. In 2012, the used equipment collections resulted in $400,000 in HopeLine grants, free wireless phones and airtime contributions benefitting 23 Washington shelters and domestic violence education programs.

Wireless phones and equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country.

 

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Journalism Instructor at Washington State University.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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  1. Really great way to donating used cell phones. Your ideas really unique ideas for good used the old cell phone. Thank you!

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