GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The support for victims of domestic violence continues this football season.
The Packers, Verizon Wireless and Bellin Health want your old cell phones and cash donations for the HopeLine program, and its extension awareness campaign "Protection is the Name of the Game".
“Verizon Wireless, through its HopeLine program, is committed to supporting survivors of domestic violence and the organizations that provide shelter and prevention programs. We are aware that one in four women, one in seven men, and three million children will experience domestic violence, so ending the cycle of violence in our communities starts with each of us,” said Brian Pascoe, region president, Verizon Wireless. “We know Packers fans have provided tremendous support in the past and we know they’ll come through again to help us offer help that is desperately needed.”
Packers receiver Jordy Nelson and his wife Emily also recorded a 30 second public service announcement encouraging fans to donate phones.
Bellin Health joined the Packers and Verizon for the campaign, as a part of the organization’s Titletown Wellness initiative. Titletown Wellness, a partnership between the Packers and Bellin Health, aims to identify and implement initiatives that improve the health and wellness of people in the region.
Bellin Health locations in the Green Bay area will serve as phone collection sites during the month of October, which is Domestic Violence Month.
“Protection is the Name of the Game” will include the following initiatives:
- Season-Long HopeLine Phone Drive: Verizon Wireless and the Packers will be collecting no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories at Packers home games during the regular season near the Verizon Wireless Gate and in the Atrium. The phones will be refurbished or sold to buy new phones for victims of domestic violence and to support local domestic shelters/organizations. Verizon will also host a special phone drive at every stadium gate during the Nov. 4Packers-Bears game. Fans unable to attend a game this season can still donate phones at any Verizon Wireless store at any time.
- $10 Match: For each phone collected during a special drive Nov. 4 at Lambeau Field before the Green Bay Packers game against the Chicago Bears, Verizon will donate $10 to Golden House in Green Bay.
- 30-second PSA: A PSA featuring Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson will be broadcast on TV stations throughout Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. It will be shown during each Packers home game, encouraging fans to donate their old phones to HopeLine.