Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:55 am
Verizon Wireless of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan has partnered with the Green Bay Packers to help provide financial donations and phones for victims of domestic violence.
“Since 1995, Verizon Wireless has been committed to supporting those affected by domestic violence,” said T.J. Fox, region president for Verizon Wireless. “Statistics show that one out of every three American women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Through this campaign with the Packers, we hope to take vital steps toward ending the cycle of violence by educating the general public on this pervasive national epidemic.”
The season-long awareness campaign, called “Protection is the Name of the Game,” will include a phone drive at all Packers home games during the regular season; financial donations to domestic violence organizations in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; and a public service announcement featuring Packers player, Jordy Nelson and his wife Emily.
Verizon Wireless and the Packers will collect no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories at all Packers home games during the regular season. Most of the phones will be refurbished or sold with the proceeds used to purchase newer wireless phones for domestic violence survivors and to support area domestic violence shelters and organizations. For each phone collected during the season-long HopeLine drive, Verizon Wireless will donate $10 to a local domestic violence shelter. Domestic violence organizations that will benefit from the program include Golden House in Green Bay, Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter and Home in Calumet, Mich., Sojourner Family Peace Center in Milwaukee, New Horizons Shelter and Women’s Center in La Crosse, Hope House of South Central Wisconsin in Baraboo, Haven House in Merrill, and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services in Madison.
“The Green Bay Packers are proud to partner with Verizon Wireless to help provide support to those affected by domestic violence and ultimately put an end to it,” said Mark Murphy, Packers president and chief executive officer. “Every Packers fan who attends a home game will have a chance to provide a lifeline to someone in the community by simply donating their old phone to HopeLine. Our fans are among the most supportive in all of sports, and we know that they will do their part to support this important initiative.”