To bring attention to the public health crisis levels of domestic violence on Staten Island Councilwoman Debi Rose is partnering with the Staten Island Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (SIAC) to sponsor a phone donation drive for domestic violence survivors.
The drive is part of the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, which collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries, chargers, and cellphone accessories to benefit victims of domestic violence as they start new lives.
From October 11th through 31st Staten Islanders can drop by Councilwoman Rose’s district office to donate a phone for the HopeLine program. Verizon recommends these simple steps to make a donation:
Erase any data from the phone and disconnect the phone’s service with your wireless provider;
Remove any storage cards and SIM cards from the phone; they thoroughly refurbish donated phones; and
Place your wireless phone from any service provider along with the battery, charger and any accessories you wish to donate in a plastic bag.
“This is such an important program because often, when fleeing their dangerous circumstances, domestic violence victims must abandon their mobile devices, which have become so invaluable to all of us for many aspects of everyday life,” said Councilwoman Rose. “This HopeLine program gives my constituents an opportunity to help their neighbors by donating their old mobile devices instead of recycling them.”
"Staten Island Alumnae Chapter is grateful for the opportunity to help provide survivors of domestic violence with refurbished cell phones through the Verizon HopeLine program,” said SIAC President LaDana Renee Jenkins. “Our prayer is that these phones will assist the survivors in rebuilding their lives during their time of transition and new beginnings."
The 49th City Council District ranks ninth in New York City in the total number of domestic violence reports, and more than 40% of felony assaults in the district are domestic violence-related. In addition to this phone drive, Councilwoman Rose also marked domestic violence month by `going purple for domestic violence,’ handing out information for services and assistance at the Staten Island Ferry in early October.
To donate a phone, please stop by Councilmember Rose’s district office located at 130 Stuyvesant Place, 6th Floor, during office hours, Monday through Friday from 9:00-5:00; for more information please call (718) 556-7370.