PRESTONSBURG – Don’t know what to do with your used mobile phones and accessories? Here’s a great way to get rid of them while helping others. Drop them off at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) from Oct. 12-Nov. 13 to assist victims of domestic violence. [College] is participating in the statewide HopeLine from Verizon project and has collection boxes set up at the Prestonsburg, Pikeville, Hager Hill and Mayo campuses. Faculty, staff, students and community members may donate any type of phone from any carrier. Boxes will be set up in the Student Center on the Prestonsburg campus, the atrium on the Pikeville campus, the atrium at the Hager Hill campus and in Building C at the Mayo campus.
“We are proud to support this worthwhile cause,” said BSCTC President Dr. Devin Stephenson. “I want to thank those in the Big Sandy region who work on the front liens of domestic violence and prevention each day. Your work is critical in bringing hope to those who are hurting.”
Phones donated to HopeLine are refurbished and recycled in an environmentally safe way with proceeds going toward the financial support of domestic violence awareness and prevention initiatives. Verizon also donates new wireless phones through the HopeLine program, complete with service and data, to domestic violence shelters and non-profit organizations for use by survivors.
Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 11.4 million phones, donated more than $29 million in cash grants, and provided more than 190,000 phones with wireless service and data to domestic violence organizations nationwide.
“Kudos to every KCTCS participant, from Dr. Box to administrative staff, to faculty members and students, for standing strong against sexual and dating violence on community and technical college campuses across Kentucky,” said Marion Nolan, Verizon associate director in Kentucky. Nolan and her Kentucky team have collected thousands of devices for HopeLine since the program was launched in 2001. “The beauty about HopeLine from Verizon is that it enables everyone to take that stand, simply by digging in the backs of drawers and closets to find those phones and accessories they’re not using anyway, and donating them to fight this scourge.”
At the conclusion of the Kentucky Drive, Verizon will present grants totaling $50,000 to: Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV), which mobilizes and supports member programs and allies to end intimate partner violence; Legal Aid Society, which provides free legal services to the most disadvantaged in the community, including survivors of domestic violence and UK Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women, which works to enhance direct services to victims, legal response and legislative reform related to violence against women through policy research and analysis, and empirically driven advocacy and practice.