News Release

Verizon Wireless Donates Phones to Shelter Our Sisters

Assemblywoman Loretta Weinberg Endorses Phone Recycling Program

January 5, 2004

David Samberg
David.Samberg@VerizonWireless.com
845-365-7212Robin B. Nicol
908-789-4719

HACKENSACK, NJ — Continuing its commitment to domestic violence prevention and awareness, Verizon Wireless today donated 25 wireless phones to Shelter Our Sisters, a non-profit domestic violence agency serving Bergen County women and their families.

The donation was made possible through the company's HopeLineSM Phone Recycling Program and the efforts of Assemblywoman Loretta Weinberg.

No longer used wireless phones collected through the HopeLine recycling program are refurbished, recycled or sold. Phones that cannot be refurbished are disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Proceeds are donated to domestic violence advocacy groups or used to purchase new phones for victims.

Assemblywoman Weinberg recently held a month-long HopeLine recycling drive, encouraging residents to bring their old, no longer used wireless phones to her district office and to local Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in Paramus at 469 Route 17 South, 341 Route 4 West, and at The Garden State Plaza and Paramus Park Mall. Nearly 100 wireless phones were collected during the drive.

"The HopeLine phone recycling program is an easy way for community-minded citizens to support local domestic violence organizations as they help abused women re-build their lives," said Assemblywoman Weinberg. "Domestic violence does not discriminate; it's all around us in places most of us would never imagine. Citizens who support the program could very well be helping their own friends or neighbors."

Shelter Our Sisters will lend the 25 phones to women at risk throughout the county to carry with them to call for help in an emergency. The phones are specially programmed to dial 9-1-1 and 201-944-9600, the agency's hotline.

"No offense shakes individual security more than violence in the home," said Charles Hand, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro 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."

All wireless phone models from any carrier are accepted for recycling and may be dropped off at any Verizon Wireless store. Since 1995, Verizon Wireless has collected more than one million wireless phones for the benefit of domestic violence victims, including more than 80,000 in the New York metro area. For more information, 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 36 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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