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 any Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) campus from Oct. 12 Nov. 13 to assist victims of domestic violence. SKYCTC is participating in the statewide HopeLine from Verizon project and has collection boxes set up at each of the college s six campuses in Bowling Green, Glasgow, and Franklin. Faculty, staff, students and community members may donate any type of phone from any carrier.

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.

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 KCTCS participant, from Dr. Box to administrative staff, to faculty members and students, 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:

For more information on the Hopeline initiative at SKYCTC, contact Millie Wells at 270-901-1153.

Drop boxes for your used phones and equipment are:

Franklin-Simpson Center - Contact - Rhonda Barton

Glasgow Health - Contact - Chandana Ariyawansa, Office B-203

Glasgow Technology Campus - Contact Mark Powell

KATI - Contact - Amy Norrod, Office #216

Main Campus - Contact Millie Wells, Office #119, Building H

Transpark Center - Contact - Marsha Shorts