The month of May is all about racing in Indianapolis. The cars are on the track every day now. Positioning is key. Battles will be won and lost. And at the end of the day, no driver makes it to victory lane alone.
With that in mind, Verizon Wireless dropped the green flag on a challenge of its own – to collect one million phones in 2015. This is the largest HopeLine collection Verizon has ever taken on in the state of Indiana, and just like the drivers, they know they can’t do it alone.
So, they recruited three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves to help them. And he was happy to lend his support.
“I’m encouraging racing fans and members of the community to join me in supporting HopeLine so we come together to prevent domestic violence. Be sure to tell everyone, this is really important when you’re coming to the racetrack. And if you’re not coming to the racetrack, you’re still able to donate your phone to a local Verizon store.”
-Helio Castroneves, IndyCar driver for Team Penske
Verizon set up HopeLine boxes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and volunteers will be collecting used wireless phones, tablets, and accessories (from any carrier) during qualifications on Saturday, May 16; Armed Forces Pole Day on Sunday, May 17; Coors Light Carb Day on Friday, May 22; and the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 24.
Castroneves and Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman and Company (which oversees IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway), made the first donations to the new HopeLine drive during a press conference last week.
“Verizon, as you know, is the title sponsor of the IndyCar series. This is year two and I think it’s a match made in heaven for us,” said Miles. “It’s the perfect partner on so many levels. The technology for the racing, the promotion of the sport, and today, again, a perfect example of sort of being soul mates and working together on something that we all care about.”
-Mark Miles CEO of Hulman & Co.
It’s an issue that’s near and dear to the heart of Dottie Davis, a retired police officer and survivor of domestic violence. It was during a previous six-year relationship that her phone became more than a modern day convenience.
“On the day he received his divorce papers,” Davis said, “He came to the home and once again, I found myself using the telephone as my lifeline. Not in the way that most of you would probably envision, someone picking up the phone and making a call. I was unable to do so because he had his hands about my throat and was strangling me. I used that telephone that day to save my life by striking him with it. And then I was able to flee out of the home and ask for assistance.”
-Dottie Davis, Survivor
You can join Dottie, Mark, and Helio on the Verizon HopeLine team by cleaning out your junk drawers before coming to the track.
Because the old phone that’s part of your past could be used to build someone else’s future.