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City Reaches Out to Domestic Violence Victims
By City News Service
Published October 25, 2007

CNS – In an attempt to help victims of domestic violence, officials announced the city’s participation with Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program.

Starting Oct. 19 through Nov. 19, people can donate used wireless telephones and accessories at several city offices, including City Hall, Van Nuys City Hall and Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti’s office, who announced the start of the program along with Councilwoman Jan Perry.

Some of the donated phones will go to victims in shelters so they can use them to stay in touch with families and make other needed calls.

Other phones will be refurbished and sold with the proceeds donated to benefit shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.

“Putting an end to domestic violence is crucial to creating safer communities,” Garcetti said.

“This month every Angeleno has am opportunity to help victims of domestic violence by simply cleaning out their junk drawer and donating their old wireless phones,” he said.

Since the start of the HopeLine program in 2001, more than 4 million phones nationwide have been collected and $4 million in cash grants have been awarded to domestic violence agencies and organizations, according to a Verizon Wireless official.

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