City Donates Phones for Victims of Domestic Violence

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza today donated more than 275
decommissioned mobile phones to the Attorney General’s Office for their phone
recycling drive to support victims of domestic violence and the Rhode Island
Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

City Donates Phones

«The City is proud that these old and unused cell phones will now assist in the
worthy effort to provide victims of domestic violence with the tools they need to
seek help,» said Mayor Elorza. «I hope this donation empowers more people to take
part in this incredible program, and I thank Attorney General Kilmartin and his
office for their efforts.»

The decommissioned phones were collected from departments throughout the city
including public works, public safety, telecommunications and administrative
offices.

«I am grateful to Mayor Elorza and the City of Providence for their support of our
cell phone drive to benefit victims of domestic violence. So many of us never think
about how a simple cell phone can be a lifesaving device for someone in an abusive
situation, and it’s through the generosity of this program that we are able to
provide a lifeline to someone in need.»

The recycling program is sponsored by the Office of Rhode Island Attorney General
Peter F. Kilmartin, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and
Verizon’s HopeLine(tm) program, which supports similar programs throughout the
country.