MADISON (WKOW)-- A program called HopeLine turns old cell phones into a potential lifeline for victims of domestic violence.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 100 million cell phones are no longer used every year. If all of them were recycled, it would save enough energy to power 18,500 homes for a year.
Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program takes unused wireless phones and equipment from any service provider, in any condition, and turns them into potential lifelines. Proceeds from HopeLine are used to supply wireless phones with free airtime to survivors and to contribute grants to domestic violence agencies in Wisconsin. Phones that cannot be refurbished are recycled.
Phones can be donated at any local Verizon Wireless store, or mailed in with the free mailing label available on its Web site. Throughout last year, Wisconsin residents alone donated more than 12,000 no-longer-used wireless phones to HopeLine.