May 3, 2013 | Advancement, Community Service
(New York, NY): On Thursday, May 2, 2013, Verizon Wireless presented a $10,000 HopeLine® check to The New Community College at CUNY in recognition of the college’s participation in the HopeLine campaign during fall 2012. This national program turns no-longer used cell phones into support for domestic violence victims and survivors. As part of a student-led campus initiative, the college collected over 350 cellphones and devices—an extraordinary level of participation given the college’s small size. Funds from the award will be used to create a campus domestic violence resource center.
“We were very pleased by the strong campus support for the HopeLine campaign and are honored to create a domestic violence resource center for students and staff as a lasting testimony to this initiative. All of us extend our gratitude to Verizon Wireless for its ongoing support of this important cause,” commented Scott E. Evenbeck, New Community College President.
Verizon Wireless is committed to preventing and raising awareness about domestic violence through its community efforts. Through HopeLine, Verizon Wireless collects used cell phones to be recycled or sold and donates the proceeds in the form of cash grants and pre-paid wireless phones to advocacy groups for use by survivors.
Verizon Wireless representative Esmeralda Diaz Cameron explained that “…it is so rewarding to be able to recognize the efforts of the students at New Community College with this HopeLine donation on behalf of their collection of phones and devices. Collecting phones and devices to help empower domestic violence survivors is the cornerstone of HopeLine which Verizon created in 2001. We are particularly inspired by the fact that the good work started here will continue as the campus creates an on-site domestic violence resource center.”
Verizon was the first wireless carrier in the nation to collect and recycle old cell phones and has done so on behalf of survivors of domestic violence since January 1999 – first in New York and then across the U.S. Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 10 million phones, properly disposed of 1.7 million no-longer-used wireless phones, and has raised over $18.1 million in cash grants donated to domestic violence organizations nationwide. To learn more about HopeLine, visit: www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
About The New Community College at CUNY
The New Community College at CUNY is an urban public institution located in midtown Manhattan that offers associate degree programs in an environment that nurtures student success. Our goal is to increase the graduation rate for our students, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college. The NCC connects field experiences with classroom learning in a structured and supportive environment. All students begin in the Summer Bridge Program and engage full-time in a city-centered first-year experience before starting their major coursework in one of six degree programs. Instructional teams comprising faculty members, student success advocates, graduate coordinators, peer mentors and library staff create a rich classroom environment complemented by an integrated advisement program to help students stay on the path to graduation. To learn more about The New Community College at CUNY, visit www.ncc.cuny.edu.