University of Idaho and Verizon Wireless Announce Cell Phone Recycling Program to Support Domestic Violence Prevention

Thursday, March 8 2012


MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho is taking a stance against domestic violence with the help of Verizon Wireless.

U-Idaho is partnering with Verizon Wireless to introduce UHopeLine®, an expansion of the company’s HopeLine® wireless phone recycling program. The program will increase awareness of dating violence, provide scholarship money for students studying domestic violence prevention and encourage college students to help the environment by recycling their old wireless devices.

The UHopeLine program will collect old wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless server provider. Phones that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally sound way. UHopeLine collection bins can be found in the Idaho Commons Building and the Student Union Building.

As part of the program, $25,000 in scholarship funds will be available to qualifying students pursuing studies and careers in domestic violence education and prevention.

“Violence prevention professionals and victim advocates require high-level preparation,” said Bruce Pitman, dean of students at the University of Idaho. “Their educational preparation must take place at the intersections of criminal justice, social work and counseling. This is complex and difficult work that is based in experience and strong academic preparation. Unfortunately, we need many well prepared professionals to do this work.”

Domestic violence is the single greatest cause of injury to women ages 15-44 in the United States, more than muggings, car accidents and rapes combined, and affects one in four women.

“We believe it is everyone’s business to prevent domestic violence,” said Bobby Morrison, Verizon Wireless Pacific Northwest regional president. “Colleges, companies and citizens can all play a role by shining a light on the problem and ensuring survivors get help.”

In January 1999, Verizon Wireless became the first wireless carrier to collect and recycle old cell phones. Verizon Wireless created HopeLine® as part of its phone recycling program to increase awareness of dating violence, provide aid to domestic violence survivors and encourage college students to help the environment by recycling their unused wireless devices. Across the United States, the HopeLine® program has collected more than 7 million wireless phones and given more than $7.9 million in cash grants.

For more information about the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program, visit http://verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
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