What a great way to share wonderful organizations that are taking a stand against domestic violence. The goal of NOBLE is to be recognized as a highly competent public service organization that is at the forefront of providing solutions to law enforcement issues and concerns, as well as to the ever-changing needs of our communities.
NOBLE/HopeLine and Verizon Wireless are supporting the prevention of domestic violence through a variety of activities. At the present time, a phone collection drive is under way and they would like to invite you and/or your organization to participate in this worthy endeavor. If you would be willing to support this program, there are a few things to note:
Hope Line accepts any device (pager, Smartphone, Blackberry, etc.), in any condition and from any manufacturer or service provider. Rechargeable batteries and accessories are also accepted. If the phone is beyond repair or has no economic value, they are disposed of properly or salvaged for parts. Phones that are deemed to have value are refurbished for reuse, generating proceeds for the program. The refurbishing process includes the removal of any personal information (photos, contacts, & other data) from the phone. If that data cannot be removed, the phone is recycled, not resold.
Verizon Wireless also donates wireless phones, complete with wireless service and other features, to local domestic violence organizations or local government and law enforcement agencies for use with their domestic violence clients. The phones can serve as a vital link to emergency or support services in times of crisis or simply as a private, safe connection to employers, family and friends.
It is a lifeline for victims. Verizon Wireless provides phones with 3,000 minutes to domestic violence organizations, which then pass the phones out to victims or survivors in need. A HopeLine phone gives victims a lifeline to the outside world and their family members—beyond the control of the abuser. For those who have escaped their abusive situation, a HopeLine phone keeps them connected to their families, to law enforcement, to their employers, to medical care and to their children’s schools.
“The NOBLE/HopeLine program is an opportunity for customers to help Verizon and nonprofit organizations break the cycle of violence in the United States.”
Since HopeLine became a national recycling program in 2001, it has collected more than 9 million phones, granted more than $14.2 million in cash to organizations across the country and provided more than 123,000 phones for use by domestic violence victims. But there’s still work to be done.
So, dig up your old phones, batteries and accessories, and donate them to NOBLE/HopeLine today. It’s fast and easy. Here are two options:
Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Gregory, Commander Division of Criminal Investigation
7900 Forsyth Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63105
NOBLE, St. Louis Chapter
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
P.O. Box 300157
St. Louis, Mo. 63130
Thanks again for your support of NOBLE/HopeLine and their fight against domestic violence.
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