News Release

Verizon Wireless Donates 20 Phones To Susan B. Anthony Project

Wireless Service Carrier Continues Commitment to Help Victims of Domestic Violence Through Its HopeLine Program

February 28, 2004

J. Abra Degbor
JAbra.Degbor@VerizonWireless.com
781-481-1314Marcia Simon
860-399-0191

SIMSBURY, CT — Verizon Wireless has donated 20 wireless phones to Torrington's Susan B. Anthony Project, a domestic violence shelter and resource center.

The donations are part of the HopeLineSM Program, Verizon Wireless' national program that distributes no longer used wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports non-profit domestic violence advocacy groups and provides an environmentally friendly method for recycling phones.

"The HopeLine Phone Recycling program is an easy way for people to support local domestic violence organizations that help women re-build their lives when they decide to leave abusive relationships," said Bob Stott, president of Verizon Wireless' New England Region. "Domestic violence does not discriminate. It's in our neighborhoods and workplaces, and we need to shed light on the magnitude of this social problem."

"We appreciate that Verizon Wireless understands the complexities of domestic violence and has continued to support our work over the years," said Barbara Spiegel, Executive Director of the Susan B. Anthony Project. The Susan B. Anthony Project, a non-profit domestic violence intervention and prevention organization, serves fifteen towns in Litchfield county. The organization provides free and confidential services to adult victims and their children. Services include a 24-hour hotline, crisis counseling, emergency shelter, safety planning, support groups, criminal and civil court advocacy, information and referrals, community education and counseling and advocacy for children affected by domestic violence.

As a result of HopeLine and related phone recycling programs the company has organized since 1995, Verizon Wireless has collected more than one million used wireless phones for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups. Last year, the company donated over $3.7 million in monetary and other contributions to domestic violence shelters and prevention programs. All Verizon Wireless stores throughout the country, including 20 locations in Connecticut, accept donations of used wireless phones from any carrier. Verizon Wireless recycles, refurbishes or sells the phones for parts; then donates working phones and proceeds to domestic violence shelters. The company also donates voicemail boxes to shelters to give women a discreet way of receiving messages from potential landlords, employers and from family members. The nationally ranked Verizon Wireless Women's Cycling Team donates 100% of their prize money to HopeLine programs.

For a woman who remains in, or who has recently left, an abusive relationship, a wireless phone is a lifeline in an emergency situation. Statistically, women are most at risk for injury or fatality when their abuser discovers they intend to leave. According to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a woman is physically assaulted every nine seconds in the United States, and for every reported case of domestic violence, likely another two go unreported. Connecticut's statewide domestic violence hotline number is 1-888-774-2900.

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