Caran Smith, 678-339-4891 (Caran.Smith@VerizonWireless.com)
David Granger, 334/844-9999 (email@example.com)
WIRELESS AND AUBURN UNIVERSITYS SAFE HARBOR CONNECT TO ADDRESS DOMESTIC
VIOLENCE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION
Campus Community Donates Their No-Longer-Used Phones to a Great Cause
Its the social ill that no one wants to talk about. Yet, every nine
seconds a woman in the United States is battered by someone she knows
or loves. Domestic violence strikes in every community. From the stay-at-home
mom to the corporate executive, the victims of domestic violence cross
all ages, races and economic lines. Verizon Wireless strives to make a
difference to end this devastating social epidemic.
Verizon Wireless will join with Auburn Universitys Safe Harbor Program
to urge students and staff to donate their no-longer-used phones and accessories
in support of domestic violence awareness and prevention. The drive will
begin at the AU versus Kentucky basketball game on January 24. Verizon
Wireless is the game day sponsor. Fans can drop off their no-longer-used
phones at the Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum during the game. Drop off
sites will be located on the concourse inside the gates. In addition,
students, faculty and staff can drop off their old phones any time now
through May 15 at sites located in Foy Union and the AU Medical Clinic.
Safe Harbor, now in its seventh year, is Auburn Universitys grant-funded
sexual assault assistance and awareness program. The program, housed in
the Student Counseling Center, provides counseling services to victims
of sexual assault and dating violence, assists students through advocacy
services, and provides awareness education across campus. Safe Harbor
also provides a valuable link between campus and community.
Verizon Wireless has supported domestic violence awareness and prevention
efforts for more than 10 years. The companys HopeLine Program allows
those who want to make a contribution to domestic violence prevention
to donate an old or used wireless phone to the program. The company takes
these phones, refurbishes them and either donates them to local domestic
violence shelters or recycles them - with proceeds being donated to shelters
and advocacy groups throughout the state.
In addition, Verizon Wireless offers the #HOPE program. Abuse victims
can get professional support quickly and confidentially by dialing #HOPE
from a Verizon Wireless phone. Calls are routed to the National Domestic
Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE).
Domestic violence has a devastating effect on victims, businesses
and communities throughout our country, said Jim McGean, Verizon
Wireless Alabama/Georgia region president. We are committed to doing
what we can to help. We are proud to join Auburn University in addressing
this tragic problem.
Knowing key statistics about domestic violence can also help raise awareness:
* One in four women is abused by a partner at some point in their lives.
* Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the United
States - more than
car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
* Annually, businesses nationwide forfeit $5 billion in lost wages, sick
leave, absenteeism and non-productivity due to domestic violence. Fifty-six
percent of victims are late for work at least five times per month.
* Every 30 minutes, a child is the victim of confirmed abuse in Alabama.
Verizon Wireless has collected more than two million used wireless phones
for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups. All
wireless phone models, batteries and chargers from any carrier are accepted.
For store locations and additional information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline
Auburn University is a preeminent land-grant and comprehensive research
institution with more than 23,000 students and 6,500 faculty and staff.
Ranked among the top 50 public universities nationally, Auburn is Alabamas
largest educational institution, offering more than 230 undergraduate,
graduate and doctoral degree programs.
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The Verizon Wireless HopeLine program collects phones of any wireless
carrier and refurbishes or recycles them with all proceeds benefiting
victims of domestic violence. The environmentally friendly HopeLine Program
puts wireless services and equipment to work to assist victims in emergency
domestic violence situations. Donations are accepted at all 1,900-plus
Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional
information, customers can also visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline