News Release

Verizon Wireless' HopeLine Program Awards $1.25 Million in Grants, Phones and Airtime to Domestic Violence Prevention Agencies in 12 Western States including Northern California

Nearly $240,000 in Grants, Phones and Airtime Awarded to Curb Domestic Violence in Northern California in 2003

January 25, 2004

Ken Muche
Ken.Muche@VerizonWireless.com
949-286-8193

WALNUT CREEK, CA — Verizon Wireless continued its long-standing philanthropic campaign to curb domestic violence in 2003. The company awarded more than $400,000 in HopeLineSM program grants to agencies addressing domestic violence in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Additionally, the company awarded more than 2,000 HopeLine wireless phones with one year of prepaid airtime, an in-kind value of $850,000, to domestic violence agencies in the 12 Western states.

Grants awarded in northern California supported the efforts of a wide variety of agencies, including: The Women's Crisis Center in Salinas for the production of "fotonovellas"/collateral distributed to female agricultural workers; W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in San Francisco for expanding service capacity of a crisis hotline; Family Services of Tulare County in Visalia for providing specialty training to shelter case managers; and Asian Americans for Community Involvement in San Jose for providing culturally sensitive nutrition for abuse victims in a local shelter . In addition, 350 wireless phones with pre-paid airtime were donated to the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women for distribution to victims of family violence living in local shelters.

Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program is a multi-faceted initiative that involves raising awareness and aiding in the prevention of domestic violence through monetary grants, product and service donations, education and partnerships with non-profit organizations. Its cornerstone is the HopeLine phone-recycling program, which collects and distributes refurbished wireless phones or funds to domestic violence advocacy organizations. The company collected more than 900,000 used wireless phones for recycling in 2003.

"Domestic violence is an epidemic that affects more than 30 percent of American women," said Fran Shammo, West Area president, Verizon Wireless. "We're pleased to be able to put our technology and resources to work in the effort to curb domestic violence and make a difference in our communities."

Verizon Wireless also announced comprehensive domestic violence prevention partnerships in 2003 with the state of Colorado, the City of Seattle, the Utah Attorney General and the Hawaii Attorney General. Partnerships included a donation of wireless phones and airtime; grants for local domestic violence prevention agencies; a HopeLine collection drive of used wireless phones; and public awareness campaigns.

For more information about Verizon Wireless' domestic violence awareness efforts or to find out how to donate phones, 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.  To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.thenewsmarket.com.  

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.

####