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 Southern California

$120,000 in Grants and Nearly 1,000 Phones/Airtime Awarded to Curb Domestic Violence in Southern California in 2003

January 26, 2004

Keith Karpé
keith.karpe@verizonwireless.com
949-286-8194

Julian Lopez
For Verizon Wireless
jlopez@rlrjarrin.com  
626-825-9050

IRVINE, 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 Southern California included $120,000 to a diverse group of agencies, including the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, which uses its grant to promote abuse education, prevention and prosecutorial programs in an alliance the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Verizon Wireless also provided the group with 200 pre-paid phones that it can give to abuse victims as another means of security.

Other recipients of HopeLine grants in Southern California were the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center for housing children from abusive homes; Human Options, which plans to purchase of art therapy supplies and pay for a portion of a counselor's salary; the Women's Shelter of Long Beach and Laura's House of San Clemente, which both received grants to defray costs of housing and providing counseling; Foothill Family Service in Pasadena for the purchase of interative videos; Casa de Amparo in Oceanside for the support of literacy programs for abusers and victims of abuse; Palomar Pomerado Medical Center in San Diego will purchase a digital colposcope that can determine abuse accurately; and Casa de Amparo to pay for sheltering and counseling costs.

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 for 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, Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, 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.

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