News Release

Verizon Wireless, Indiana Repertory Theatre Team Up To Combat Domestic Violence

Area Collection Drive Asks Consumers to Spring Clean for The Julian Center

April 27, 2003

Michelle Gilbert
Michelle.Gilbert@VerizonWireless.com
248-915-3680

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Central Indiana residents who've been spring cleaning can make a difference in the lives of domestic violence survivors by donating old wireless phones during a two-day collection drive, Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, sponsored by Verizon Wireless and the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT).

Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, will donate to The Julian Center $1 for each phone collected on those two days. Any phone and all accessories in any condition can be donated. In February, a similar collaboration with the IRT raised $542 for phones that were donated.

Through its exclusive HopeLineSM program, Verizon Wireless collects used phones to be refurbished, recycled and/or sold. With the funds raised from those sales, Verizon Wireless purchases wireless phones to donate with airtime to survivors of domestic violence and makes monetary contributions to local domestic violence advocacy organizations.

"With spring cleaning on everyone's mind this May, we hope to continue collecting old equipment," said Wayne White, president of Verizon Wireless' Indiana Region. "In addition to helping domestic violence survivors, donating used phones and accessories also helps protect our environment by keeping unnecessary waste out of landfills."

"The IRT is delighted to partner with Verizon Wireless, which is dedicated to recycling wireless phones," said Meg Gammage-Tucker, the theater's director of advancement. "From our last HopeLine drive, more than 500 phones were turned in."

During the past 12 months, The Julian Center's shelter provided housing for 1,109 women and children, while more than 400 women and children participated in therapy at the Counseling Center.

"The Verizon Wireless and IRT project provided a significant monetary donation the last time this type of event took place," said Marilyn Bedford, community relations director of The Julian Center. "We hope the community will join them by donating cell phones as we all collaborate in support of women and children who need our assistance."

Donated phones may also be dropped off Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, at the following locations:

Indianapolis Repertory Theatre (Donations accepted from noon - 7:30 p.m. on Friday and noon - 5 p.m. on Saturday):
140 W. Washington St.

Indianapolis-area Verizon Wireless stores (Donations accepted daily during store hours) :

  • 6633 E. 82nd St. (Castleton)
  • 1950-17 E. Greyhound Pass, #B11 (Village Park Plaza)
  • 8403 N. Michigan Road
  • 8940 U.S. 31 South (Greenwood)
  • 8248A W. Rockville Road (Westpoint Commons)
  • 49 W. Maryland Street (Circle Centre Mall)

For more information about Verizon Wireless' domestic violence awareness efforts, or to find out how to donate phones at any time of the year, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 33.3 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.

About The Julian Center
The Julian Center is a unique, nonprofit agency in Indianapolis providing counseling, safe shelter, and education for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence and abuse. Through outreach and consultation, they educate the community about the issue of domestic violence and its impact on many people's lives. Find more information on the Web at www.JulianCenter.org.

About the Indiana Repertory Theatre
Since the Indiana Repertory Theatre was founded in 1972, it has grown into one of the leading regional theatres in the country, as well as one of the top-flight cultural institutions in the city and state. The IRT remains the only fully professional resident not-for-profit theatre in Indiana, attracting audiences of almost 132,000 annually from across central Indiana, including more than 49,000 students from 59 of Indiana's 92 counties. A staff of more than 100 seasonal and year-round employees creates nine productions exclusively for Indiana audiences. Find more information on the Web at www.indianarep.com.

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