News Release

Illinois Attorney General and Verizon Wireless Launch Phone-Recycling Drive to Aid Domestic Violence Victims

Public Urged to Donate Unused Wireless Phones at Thompson Center

October 5, 2003

Carolyn Schamberger
carolyn.schamberger1@verizonwireless.com
847-619-4282Pam Flores
For Verizon Wireless
pflores@hlbcomm.com
312-423-4277

CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Verizon Wireless are joining forces during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month to launch a weeklong phone collection drive to support Verizon Wireless' national HopeLineSM program, which benefits domestic violence victims. Through the drive, which runs through October 10, no-longer-used wireless phones are being collected in the lobby of the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, in downtown Chicago.

"In a world where it's sometimes hard to find the time, money or creativity to help those in need, the HopeLine program offers a simple way for wireless users to get involved and address the complex problem of domestic violence," said Attorney General Lisa Madigan. "We encourage everyone who may live, work or play in the area to donate their old phones to this drive. These phones allow women to go about their day-to-day lives with less fear. They can go to work and take their children to school secure in the knowledge that if the abuser appears, they can call for help."

"We are enormously grateful to the Attorney General's office for hosting this drive and for their support and commitment to the prevention of domestic violence and helping victims," said Tracy Nolan, president of Verizon Wireless' Illinois/Wisconsin Region. "At Verizon Wireless, we continue to be humbled by the strength of domestic violence survivors and proud to provide them with resources that can help them rebuild their lives."

Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program was created in 1995 to put wireless products and services to work to combat domestic violence. Since Hopeline was started, Verizon Wireless has collected more than 1.2 million used wireless phones for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups. From January through June 2003, Verizon Wireless donated over $1.5 million in monetary contributions to domestic violence shelters and prevention programs across the country.

About Hopeline
Verizon Wireless encourages customers who are upgrading their wireless phone to participate in its exclusive HopeLine phone recycling program. The national HopeLine program distributes previously owned wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports non-profit domestic violence advocacy groups and provides an environmentally safe method of recycling phones. Donations are accepted at all 1,200-plus Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can also 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 34.6 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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