Don t know what to do with your used mobile phones and accessories? Here s a great way to get rid of them while helping others! Drop them off at Madisonville Community College (MCC) from October 12 Nov. 13 to assist victims of domestic violence. MCC is participating in the statewide HopeLine from Verizon project and has collection boxes set up at each campus. Collection boxes are located at the following locations:
  • North Campus (2000 College Drive, Madisonville) Loman C. Trover Library/Learning Resource Center; Student Center/John H. Gray building; and Natural Sciences Division reception area/Joe C. Davis building
  • Health Sciences Campus (750 North Laffoon Street, Madisonville) Hatley Building lobby
  • Muhlenberg Campus (406 West Everly Brothers Blvd., Central City) main entrance lobby
Faculty, staff, students and community members may donate any type of phone from any carrier by following these four easy steps:

  1. Erase any data from the phone and disconnect the phone s service with the wireless provider.
  2. Remove any storage cards and SIM cards from the phone.
  3. Power off the phone.
  4. Place your wireless phone along with the battery, charger, and any accessories you wish to donate in a plastic bag and drop in one of the campus collection boxes.
Phones donated to HopeLine are refurbished and recycled in an environmentally safe way with proceeds going toward the financial support of domestic violence awareness and prevention initiatives. Verizon also donates new wireless phones through the HopeLine program, complete with service and data, to domestic violence shelters and non-profit organizations for use by survivors.

Humanities Professor Sarah Oglesby is MCC s Hopeline Project coordinator and can be contacted at 270.824.8625 for additional information about the project.

Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 11.4 million phones, donated more than $29 million in cash grants, and provided more than 190,000 phones with wireless service and data to domestic violence organizations nationwide.

Kudos to every Kentucky Community and Technical College System participant, from President Jay Box to administrative staff, to faculty members, students and community members, for standing strong against sexual and dating violence on community and technical college campuses across Kentucky, said Marion Nolan, Verizon associate director in Kentucky. Nolan and her Kentucky team have collected thousands of devices for HopeLine since the program was launched in 2001. The beauty about HopeLine from Verizon is that it enables everyone to take that stand, simply by digging in the backs of drawers and closets to find those phones and accessories they re not using anyway and donating them to fight this scourge.

At the conclusion of the Kentucky Drive, Verizon will present grants totaling $50,000 to:
  • Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV), which mobilizes and supports member programs and allies to end intimate partner violence.
  • Legal Aid Society, which provides free legal services to the most disadvantaged in the community, including survivors of domestic violence.
  • UK Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women, which works to enhance direct services to victims, legal response and legislative reform related to violence against women through policy research and analysis, and empirically driven advocacy and practice.