Lt. Gov. Pence Encourages State Employees to Donate Cell Phones
As the holiday season approached, Lt. Gov. Steve Pence asked state employees to consider participating in an initiative that he unveiled in November. As part of the initiative to raise awareness about domestic violence, Pence encouraged employees to donate old cellular phones and accessories to a national project called HopeLine.®
Many people receive new cellular phones as Christmas gifts, and the HopeLine program accepts no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories from any vendor. Most of the donated phones and equipment are refurbished or recycled and sold with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support domestic violence awareness and prevention programs. With the funds raised from the sale of the refurbished phones, Hopeline donates wireless phones and airtime to victims, and provides funding and other contributions to non-profit domestic violence shelters and prevention programs across the country.
"It’s a simple gesture, but if we all participate, we will be able to make a difference in the personal safety of many who live right here in Kentucky," Pence said.
Throughout the holidays season, HopeLine collection bins were placed in many state office buildings. Employees could donate their cell phones and accessories by dropping them off in the bins. The HopeLine bins were also placed at state parks, Kentucky State Police posts and Transportation district offices. The bins were to remain in place until Jan. 6, 2006, at which time Pence's staff planned to collect all donations and ship them to HopeLine.
After Jan. 6, state employees and citizens may participate in the Hopeline program by dropping off phones at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store.
To learn more about the Hopeline program, go to:
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