A mom’s job is pretty hard. She needs to provide a loving and a safe place for her kids, shelter from a world that’s often crazy…but what happens when it’s mom that needs a safe place?
I don’t often get serious here, but I’d like to talk to you today about domestic violence, and how you can help women in need. Or find help, if you need it.
This post is sponsored by Verizon, which runs HopeLine.
Old Phones = HOPE
So how does Verizon help stop domestic violence? They collect old cell phones–from any carrier, no matter what shape or year it was made–and recycle them into hope. Ok, maybe not directly into hope, but stick with me. They collect old phones, along with batteries, chargers and accessories, and then either refurbished or recycled the stuff. Verizon then sells the phones and recycled bits and uses THAT money to provide phones to victims of domestic violence. You can read more about the details here.
The first thing a woman can lose when she’s a victim of her partner is communication with the outside world. Maybe she’s still working out how to leave an abusive partner, or maybe she’s left but wasn’t able to keep her old phone, or can’t afford it’s bill while she’s rebuilding her life. Verizon distributes pre-paid phones to shelters and agencies that can put them in the hands of women in need. It gives hope, by giving them a way to communicate with family, friends, employers, or agency and shelter support staff.
HopeLine from Verizon also gives grants to regional and national domestic violence organizations, such as the Family Violence Prevention Fund, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and other local community interest groups. The grants fund workshops, classes and other initiatives to aid victims and help raise awareness of domestic violence.
If you’re a Verizon customer and a victim of domestic violence you can get help with a simple number: #HOPE
If you are a victim of domestic violence, please contact a local domestic violence shelter, or contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE (7233) or (800) 787-3224 (TTY) or dial #HOPE from your Verizon Wireless phone. HopeLine phones are distributed only through shelters or social service agencies.
YOU Can Help
There are a number of ways YOU can help.
- Donate your old tech to HopeLine. They’ll take literally anything: last generation phones, last decade’s phones, broken phones, chargers, pagers, cords, headphones. It all gets recycled or refurbished and generates cash for the program.
- Host a phone drive and collect old phones!
- Buy cool purple phone accessories.
Wait, what? Yes, purple is the color of domestic violence awareness, and every October Verizon brings out a special line of accessories in gorgeous purple. You can pick up a wireless headset, a battery pack, a case, or a speaker, and Verizon will donate a portion to HopeLine.
— Denise (@StlMotherhood) October 3, 2016
Moto Z Force Droid
Verizon invited a bunch of bloggers out to talk about HopeLine and also show off some of their latest tech goodies. I got to play around with the impressive Moto Z Force Droid.
This is a seriously cool phone. And seriously tiny–it’s gotta be the thinnest phone on the market today. It has a shatter-proof display, which is great for moms. And here’s the best part–it has mods. Snap on an interchangeable Moto Mod to quickly transform this puppy into a movie projector, a boombox or heck, a battery powerhouse. The movie projector was awesome–image how easy it would be to entertain your kids, or show off photos to the grandparents, or give a presentation to a new client over lunch…by just projecting your phone’s screen on a wall? Check it out here. And if you’re even remotely thinking of upgrading your phone, check this one out. It’s that cool.