GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - In an effort to help fight domestic violence in Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Verizon Wireless and the Green Bay Packers are teaming up.
At all Packers home games, fans are urged to donate used cell phones. For each phone collected, Verizon will donate $10 to a local domestic violence shelter.
Fans can drop off their used phones at collection boxes near the Verizon Wireless gate and guest services in the Atrium. Phones can also be dropped off at Verizon stores.
In addition to the collection, Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson and his wife Emily have recorded a public service message for the HopeLine campaign.
“It takes a lot of bravery for these people to get out of the situation they are in,” said Emily Nelson. “By giving your phones, by giving your money to great cause like HopeLine you are allowing these people a place to go when they feel like they have no place to go.”
During the 2010 season, fans donated 767 phones for a total donation of $7,670 to seven Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula domestic violence agencies and shelters.
Also, this Sunday will mark the kickoff of the Journey of Hope Bus Tour. Verizon and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) will embark on an 8-city bus tour coinciding with Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Journey of Hope provides a means for those engaging with the bus to get involved and help teach ways people can take action against domestic violence.
Visitors can pledge support to become part of a national community dedicated to empowering domestic violence victims.