Alabama First Lady Dianne Bentley, Local Law Enforcement And Verizon Wireless Issue "A Call For Hope"

Alabama First Lady Dianne Bentley, Local Law Enforcement And Verizon Wireless
                           Issue "A Call For Hope"

Initiative Aims to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence, Encourage Victims to
Call for Help and Increase Phone Collections for HopeLine® from Verizon

PR Newswire

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 14, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --In recognition of that,
Alabama First Lady Dianne Bentley is teaming up with the Birmingham Police
Department, the Huntsville Police Department, Montgomery's One Place Family
Justice Center and Verizon Wireless to encourage victims of domestic violence
to seek help this holiday season by making the call to their local police
department or the Alabama Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE).

First Lady Bentley, who has embraced domestic violence awareness and
prevention as one of her primary community initiatives, is releasing a radio
public service announcement to promote "A Call for Hope." The 60-second spot
provides hotline support information for domestic violence victims and also
encourages residents to donate no-longer used wireless phones, batteries and
accessories to HopeLine^® from Verizon. HopeLine donations are refurbished,
recycled and/or sold. Proceeds benefit victims of domestic violence via cash
grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations as well as refurbished
phones – complete with 3,000 minutes of wireless service – which are provided
to local domestic violence organizations or local government and law
enforcement agencies for use with their domestic violence clients.

"I have learned from talking to domestic violence survivors that finding the
strength to make that initial call for help is crucial to saving lives,"
Bentley said. "I am honored to be working with law enforcement to help
encourage victims to make the call for hope this holiday season. I hope people
who are blessed as I am with a healthy, happy home will support this effort by
donating their old phone to HopeLine."

Since HopeLine was established in 2001, Verizon has collected more than 9
million phones and generated more than $14.2 million in cash grants for
domestic violence organizations across the country. Verizon has also
distributed nearly 123,000 HopeLine phones with the equivalent of more than
406 million minutes of wireless service for use by victims, survivors and

"First Lady Bentley has been a tremendous collaborator this year and has
helped us dramatically increase our phone collections in Alabama, which will
create more resources for us to give back to domestic violence organizations
in our communities," said Jonathan LeCompte, president – Georgia/Alabama
region, Verizon Wireless.

For more information about how to donate to HopeLine, go to or visit a Verizon store today. Donations are
accepted year-round. During the holiday season and the "A Call for Hope"
drive, donation boxes will also be available at police headquarters in
Birmingham, Huntsville and Montgomery.

Local businesses and organizations can get involved by requesting a HopeLine
donation box for their offices. Send requests to

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