WRC And Verizon Put On Charitable, Creative Drive
Students Should Contribute To The Month-Long Drive For Old Phones To Help Victims Of Domestic Abuse
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 22:10
This October, the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) at BC is teaming up with Verizon to provide recycled phones to assist the survivors of domestic violence, as part of Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program. Members of the BC community can participate in this drive by dropping off used phones at the Women’s Resource Center, located in McElroy 141, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays this October. Additionally, phones can be sent to HopeLine directly using a postage-paid mailing label available for print on HopeLine’s website—this is a convenient alternative method for students looking to donate used phones they do not have with them on campus.
The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and presents with it an opportunity for students to learn more about the WRC and get involved with the center’s activities. HopeLine refurbishes donated phones, and gives them to survivors of domestic violence, equipped with 3,000 minutes of airtime and texting capabilities. This initiative gives victims economic mobility, financially frees them from abusers, and allows them access to mobile resources that can be used in the case of an emergency or to prevent further attacks.
Verizon distributes these phones through agencies dealing directly with the victims of domestic violence, ensuring resources are efficiently distributed and fulfill the demonstrated needs of these victims. The benefit of donating something tangible like a phone—in contrast with a conventional monetary contribution—is that the entirety of the contribution goes to those in need, instead of covering overhead costs. It also is an especially opportune cause for college students, who might not have the resources to make a financial contribution, but may be likely to have old phones ready for donation.