Task force collects phones for Hopeline project

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County collected 138 used cell phones in connection with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. Many local businesses, hospitals, restaurants, churches, schools, etc. had HopeLine collection boxes displayed at their locations.The HopeLine project, which was sponsored by the Domestic Violence Task Force of Whitley County, is new this year, and the group is pleased with the results and grateful to all the locations that collected phones.Through HopeLine, the public can help prevent domestic violence by donating no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories in any condition. They are refurbished, and donated phones can help victims of abuse feel safer and less isolated by giving them a way to call emergency or support services, employers, family and friends. Phones donated locally benefit victims of abuse within that geographic area. According to Verizon, more than 151,000 refurbished phones have been donated to domestic violence shelters since 2001. Whitley County’s DVTF is in communication with Verizon and has requested at least 15 of the 138 be returned to Whitley County for local distribution. To learn more about the program contact Nashea Jones at VerizonWireless.com or contact Natalie Lewis at 260-229-8269.