News Release

Verizon Wireless Receives 'Spirit Award for Civic Responsibility' From Jane Doe Inc.

Honor Recognizes Company's National Efforts to Aid Domestic Violence Victims

March 9, 2004

Wendy Bulawa Agudelo
617-851-3426

WOBURN, MA — Verizon Wireless' New England Region has been awarded the 'Spirit Award for Civic Responsibility' from Jane Doe, Inc. for its continued support of domestic violence victims throughout Massachusetts and New England. The Spirit Awards, given out once a year at Jane Doe Inc.'s annual Spirit Awards Gala, recognize individuals and organizations from the community for their outstanding work in promoting safety, healing and justice for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Over the years, Verizon Wireless has demonstrated what it means to be a true corporate partner," said Toni K. Troop, director of development and public relations, Jane Doe Inc. "Whether working on the regional, state or community level, Verizon Wireless' HopeLineSM program has translated into increased resources for survivors and increased visibility for the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. The company has given so much to our cause in Massachusetts and throughout New England, and for that, we wanted to recognize Verizon Wireless' contributions."

Verizon Wireless' national HopeLine program collects and distributes previously owned wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports non-profit domestic violence prevention groups and provides an environmentally friendly method for disposing of handsets. Verizon Wireless' 1,200 stores throughout the nation, including 55 in New England, serve as drop-off locations for wireless phones (any brand, any carrier) that are no longer in use. Phones collected through HopeLine are refurbished for donation to victims, recycled or sold. Proceeds are then used to benefit non-profit domestic violence prevention organizations through the purchase of wireless phones and/or monetary contributions.

HopeLine also makes financial grants to regional and national domestic violence organizations, such as the Family Violence Prevention Fund, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and other select community interest groups. As a result of HopeLine and related phone recycling programs the company has organized since 1995, Verizon Wireless has collected more than one million no longer used wireless phones for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups. Last year, Verizon Wireless donated over $3.7 million in monetary and other contributions to domestic violence shelters and prevention programs.

In addition to its year-round support to raise awareness of, and prevent, domestic violence, Verizon Wireless is also an active member of Employers Against Domestic Violence (EADV), a group, which develops and implements comprehensive employer/employee workplace protocols, policy manuals and action plans that assist victims and address workplace violence.

The Spirit Awards Gala, is an annual signature fundraising event to further Jane Doe, Inc.'s mission of ending violence against women, men and children in the Commonwealth. The event was held on March 9, 2004 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston, and comprised a multi-cultural feast, silent auction, dancing and awards presentation. Jodi Applegate, FOX 25 co-executive producer and morning news anchor and David O'Leary, Greater Boston Radio Group Public Affairs Director and morning show host, served as co-emcees for the event. Thomas John, executive chef at Mantra and Gordon Hamersley, chef and owner of Hamersley's Bistro showcased their culinary talents.

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 37.5 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/verizonwireless.

Editor's Note: More information on the HopeLine Program is available online at www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline

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