On Sunday, October 30, the Colts teamed up with Verizon to host the 2016 Hopeline Cell Phone Collection prior to the Colts vs. Chiefs game. From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., volunteers from Verizon and Coburn Place collected used cell phones and accessories as well as cash to benefit Coburn Place Safe Haven. Donations were collected at the Colts Community Collection Stations, presented by Toyota, located outside of each Lucas Oil Stadium Gate.
The drive was the third annual HopeLine Cell Phone Collection drive in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month to benefit Coburn Place Safe Haven, an Indianapolis organization that has growing waiting lists for families in need of transitional housing. The Colts and Verizon pledged $12,500 to represent the number of children Coburn has helped since opening its doors in 1996.
Cell phones given to HopeLine are refurbished, which generates proceeds for the program through both cash, grants, and phones for those in need. Refurbished phones – complete with 3,000 minutes of wireless service and text-messaging service – are provided to local domestic violence agencies or local government and law enforcement agencies for use with their domestic violence clients. If donated phones are unsalvageable, they are recycled in an environmentally sound way under a zero landfill policy.
The Colts Gameday Collections program will continue to run throughout the 2016 season with a different charitable collection held prior to each home game. Upcoming collections include the Sacking Hunger Food Drive and the Angel Tree Toy Drive. A complete list of future collections is available at www.colts.com/collections.
About Coburn Place Safe Haven **
The vision of Coburn Place Safe Haven is of a world where every adult and child may live free from intimate partner violence, housed stably and safely, with adequate financial resources. It aims to make that vision reality through its mission of empowering victims of intimate partner violence to live as survivors. Coburn Place is Indianapolis' largest and most comprehensive provider of transitional housing to victims of domestic violence in the state of Indiana and is a nationally-recognized model program in breaking the cycles of domestic violence, poverty, and homelessness. The organization has provided life-changing support to more than 1,600 adults and children since 1996.
About HopeLine from Verizon
HopeLine® from Verizon puts our technology and the nation's most reliable and largest wireless network to work in the community by turning no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories into support for domestic violence victims and survivors. It also helps protect the environment by disposing of wireless phones in an environmentally sound way.