State Sen. LeAnna Washington recently announced she has partnered with Verizon HopeLine to collect old cell phones, which will be used to help survivors of domestic violence.
Phones donated at either of Washington’s district offices will be distributed through the Verizon HopeLine, which is a sponsor of this year’s 5th annual Walk to End Domestic Violence. The Verizon HopeLine repurposes and distributes donated cell phones to affected domestic violence survivors so that they may have an emergency line in times of need.
“Aside from helping the environment through recycling old cell phones, donating to the Verizon HopeLine is an easy way to help survivors of domestic violence start over again,” Washington said.
“Many of these brave individuals leave everything behind when they flea an abusive situation, and a cell phone can help them communicate with loved ones, employers and support facilities, allowing them to regain their independence.”
Donations will be accepted at both of Washington’s district offices, at 1168 Easton Road, Rosslyn and 1555-A Wadsworth Ave.Donors are asked to make sure that phones are in working order, disconnected from any existing wireless service, powered off, and any SIM cards are removed.
Batteries should be installed, nd any accessories should be placed in a bag along with the phone. Information on how to ensure a phone is ready for donation can be found on the Verizon HopeLine Web site.
“I can think of few better ways to help out someone in need than to give them a line of communication to help them get back on their feet,” Washington said. “I encourage everyone to donate their old phones and help out someone in need.”