RIT teams up with Verizon wireless to help end domestic violence

Fans urged to donate used wireless phones at Nov. 6 RIT vs. Army hockey game

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Of the 3.5 million violent crimes committed against family members 1998-2002, 49 percent were those against spouses, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Often the ability to get out of a domestic abuse situation might just be one phone call away.

In an effort to ensure that phones are available if needed, the RIT College of Applied Science and Technology and Verizon Wireless will collect used wireless telephones to benefit domestic violence survivors. Phones will be collected during the Nov. 6 RIT Tigers vs. Army hockey game at Frank Ritter Arena by members of the Student Environmental Action League, a student-service club.

“We are grateful to Verizon Wireless for it’s support and look forward to partnering with them on this very important initiative,” says Fred Walker, CAST dean. “We also anticipate a great night of Division 1 hockey as we cheer on four of our own students who play for the Tigers.”

Through Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program, wireless phones and accessories from any wireless service provider are collected and refurbished or recycled in an environmentally friendly way. Proceeds are used to purchase wireless phones for domestic violence survivors to use in emergency or threatening situations.