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HopeLine project seeking old cell phones

logo HopelineDo you have any old cell phones that you can donate? Hazard Community and Technical College is joining Verizon's HopeLine Project, the company's longstanding commitment to domestic violence awareness and prevention.

The HopeLine Project collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries, chargers and accessories in any condition, from any service provider, and turns them into cash grants and other support for domestic violence awareness and prevention organizations.

Until November 13, the public is invited to join HCTC in the HopeLine Project by dropping off phones and accessories at any of the following campus locations.

Hazard Campus: First Federal Center Admission, Jolly Classroom Center at switchboard, UCM
Technical Campus: Devert Owens room 121, Nursing Department, Cosmetology
Lees College Campus: Jackson Hall, Telford Center math lab, Library
Knott County Branch: Opportunity Center
Leslie County Center: reception area.

The 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.

HCTC President Steve Greiner said domestic violence prevention was a very important issue and he hopes that many will participate. Instead of these old phones and accessories ending up in a landfill, they can be put to good use and really help others. I hope the community and the college will donate those phones and accessories they no longer need, he said.

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.

Each of the community colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) are participating in the HopeLine Project.