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HopeLine program helps domestic violence victims

Rochester, N.Y.- If youre looking for something to do with your old cell phone or battery, you might want to donate it to help victims of domestic violence.

Rural/Metro Medical Services of Rochester is teaming up with Verizon Wireless for the HopeLine Program. Its a year-round phone drive which encourages employees of Rural/Metro and the community to donate no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories.

To kick off the phone drive, Rural/Metro Medical Services donated more than 100 wireless phones, batteries and accessories at a press conference Tuesday.
 
Proceeds from the sale of donated phones are used to provide newer phones complete with 3,000 minutes of wireless voice and text messaging service to domestic violence survivors. HopeLine also donates cash grants to nonprofit organizations to help fund education, programs, support services and community outreach.
 
We are calling on anyone who wants to help, to go through their closets, desk drawers and pull out those old wireless phones and donate to our HopeLine Program, said John OMalley, Public Relations Manager of Verizon Wireless. We will take the refurbished or recycled phones and put them back in the hands of domestic violence survivors of our community.
 
Rural/Metro on West Avenue in the city of Rochester will be a collection site for the donated wireless phones.

 
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