News Release

Verizon Wireless Funds Small Business Training Program For Domestic Abuse Survivors In Atlanta

Nation's Largest Wireless Company Awards Grant to Women Are Dreamers Too, Inc.

July 10, 2003

Sheryl Sellaway
Sheryl.Sellaway@VerizonWireless.com
678-339-5564Jodi Sacks
Ogilvy Public Relations
jodi.sacks@ogilvypr.com  
404-881-2322

ALPHARETTA, GA — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless service provider, today awarded a $10,000 grant to Women Are Dreamers Too Atlanta, a non-profit organization that provides training for survivors of domestic abuse and assists them in becoming small-business owners. The donation will be given during on Friday, July 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Women are Dreamers Too HQ, 7001 Peachtree Industrial blvd., Suite 400M, Norcross, GA 30092. The grant will be used to fund the Gwinnett County expansion of the organization's Micro-Enterprise Training Center program, already successful in Fulton County.

"Our Micro-Enterprise Training Center programs provide educational and business skills training as well as job placement support to help domestic violence survivors progress to more fulfilling lives," said Cindy Williams, founder of Women Are Dreams Too. "We applaud Verizon Wireless' commitment to programs like ours that specifically address the needs of domestic violence survivors and help them become economically self-sufficient and ultimately lead better lives."

Like its predecessor in Fulton County, the Gwinnett County program provides GED instruction, 12 weeks of small business skills development training and job placement services designated to overcome the specific barriers faced by domestic abuse survivors. A long-time supporter of domestic violence prevention, Verizon Wireless regularly supports community organizations with both grants and in-kind donations.

Additionally, the company has a phone donation program which collects used phones, refurbishes them and presents them to domestic violence awareness and prevention programs for domestic violence victims. As a result of HopeLine and related phone recycling programs the company has organized since 1995, Verizon Wireless has collected more than 947,000 used wireless phones for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups.

"Verizon Wireless has always supported philanthropic community involvement and we are proud to continue that tradition here in the Atlanta area with local initiatives that improve the lives of our fellow community members," said Jim McGean, president of Georgia and Alabama for Verizon Wireless. "We hope our actions spur more companies doing business here in Georgia to fund efforts that improve the quality of life for residents of our region."

About Women Are Dreamers Too
The mission of Women Are Dreams Too is to break the vicious cycle of poverty through micro-enterprise technical training in order to foster economic self-sufficiency and through self-determination, which the organization hopes will generate a multiplier effect and foster economic growth in various communities. For more information, visit www.wadt.org or call 678-421-0191.

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.

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