October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
In recognition, Victim Advocacy Services at the Women’s Resource Center is teaming up with the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, which turns no-longer-used wireless phones into support for victims and survivors of domestic violence.
A cell phone can serve as a vital link to emergency or support services in a time of crisis or as a safe connection to employers, family, and friends as victim/survivors rebuild their lives.
Victim Advocacy Services is collecting no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider. Stop by the drop-box at the Women’s Resource Center, 105 Normal Road, to donate. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Offices with large donations can arrange to have those picked up by contacting Kelly Phelan at (815) 753-0320 or [email protected].
Those who donate not only are providing phones to become refurbished for victim/survivors of domestic violence but also are helping the planet by disposing wireless phones in an environmentally sound way.
Meanwhile, be on the lookout for the traveling HopeLine project.
To spread awareness of domestic violence prevention and education year-round, the Victor Advocacy Services staff will travel around campus on specific dates to collect phones from offices and departments.
The traveling HopeLine project will take place on the following Fridays:
- Oct. 19
- Nov. 16
- Jan. 25, 2013
- Feb. 15
- March 21
- April 19
For more information, call (815) 753-0320 or email [email protected].