Oct. 14, 2016
Coburn Place to Benefit from Colts-Verizon Game Day Collection
Colts Fans can Donate No-Longer-Used Wireless Devices at Oct. 30 Game
INDIANAPOLIS – Colts fans and visitors to Lucas Oil Stadium are being asked to donate their no-longer-used cell phones to HopeLine from Verizon during a game day collection Sunday, Oct. 30, for a cash grant to benefit Coburn Place Safe Haven.
Wireless phones in any shape and from any carrier donated to HopeLine are recycled to generate cash grants for local nonprofit domestic violence prevention organizations, including Coburn Place.
“Verizon relies on the generosity of Hoosiers, Colts fans and other supporters during Domestic Violence Awareness Month so we can make HopeLine grants a reality,” said John Granby, Verizon Great Lakes market president. “This is the third year that the Colts and Verizon have worked together on a game day collection and the fourth year that Coburn Place has benefited from donations made by fans.”
Donations made at the Sunday Indianapolis Colts-Kansas City Chiefs game will benefit survivors who live in transitional housing at Coburn Place in Indianapolis. Since opening in 1996, Coburn Place has provided 531,883 days and nights of housing to 641 adults and 1,049 children at Coburn Place.
Coburn Place serves survivors throughout Indiana.
“This support from Verizon has been instrumental in providing much needed resources to victims of intimate partner violence,” said Julia Kathary, president/executive director of Coburn Place.
New phones from HopeLine – complete with 3,000 minutes of wireless service and text-messaging service – also are provided to local domestic violence agencies or government and law enforcement agencies for use with their clients. More than 700 phones have been provided this year so survivors in transition can stay in touch with families, schools or doctors.
Since 2001, HopeLine from Verizon has collected more than 11.4 million phones nationwide and has donated more than $29 million in cash grants to domestic violence organizations nationwide.
During the Oct. 30 game day collection, fans are encouraged to show support by sharing photos of their donations in social media with the hashtag #HopeLine.
L to R: Steve Van Dinter, PR Manager/Great Lakes market, Verizon; Julia Kathary, President/Executive Director, Coburn Place Safe Haven; Larry Brunson, a mental health professional who works with high-risk youth and volunteers at Coburn Place; Kalen Jackson, Vice Chairwoman/co-owner, Indianapolis Colts; Jeff Bennett, Deputy Mayor, City of Indianapolis