Packers to help in stopping domestic violence through phone program
Jordy Nelson.Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY, Wis.- Every fifteen seconds a woman is beaten in a domestic violence situation, but the Packers and Verizon are trying to change that, announcing Tuesday the start of their annual Protection is the Name of the Game event.
All season long they will be collecting old cellphones for victims of domestic violence, but they're making some changes this year to the program.
Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is the face of the campaign. He says there's no better way to help out.
The collection is part of Verizon's HopeLine program. Baskets will be outside Lambeau Field and fans are asked to bring old cellphones to drop off. Those phones then go to victims of domestic abuse.
"They have to start over and part of that starting over is making sure they can keep connected with any of their natural supports and also be able to call for help," said Golden House executive director, Karen Faulkner.
New this year, a new partner joins the cause. Bellin Health is hoping to help raise more money and more awareness for domestic abuse victims this year.
"We really felt it connected with our mission to really support the physical and mental well being of our community," said Bellin Psychiatric Center president, Sharla Baenen.
In addition to the season long phone drive there will be a special game on November 4th. $10 from every phone donated goes to the Golden House Domestic Abuse Shelter.
"The community is really in charge of helping make sure that we have outreach programs and shelter available for victims of domestic violence in Brown County," said Faulkner.
Jordy Nelson says he enjoys helping out, but he warns his teammates to watch their phones.
"They might be disappearing randomly throughout the lockers and it's all for a good cause so I'm sure they'll understand," joked Nelson.
Phones can be dropped off at Lambeau Field on game day near the Verizon Gate or in the atrium, also at any Bellin or Verizon locations.