News Release

LSU Health Sciences Center and Verizon Wireless Convert Old Phones into Renewed Hope

Used Phone Collection Benefits Domestic Violence Efforts

May 16, 2004

Macy Bodenhamer
Macy.Bodenhamer@VerizonWireless.com
713-219-8227Leslie Capo
LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans
504-568-4806 office
504-363-1646 pager

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center and Verizon Wireless recently hosted a wireless phone drive, collecting used phones and accessory donations. More than 400 phones were colleted, which will be refurbished, recycled or sold to benefit shelters for victims of domestic violence, as a part of Verizon Wireless' HopeLineSM program.

HopeLine helps raise awareness of and prevent domestic violence, a problem that affects a third of all women in the U.S. Verizon Wireless HopeLine donations and proceeds to domestic violence prevention organizations, such as the YWCA Battered Women's Program, provide victims with 911- ready phones and free airtime for a greater sense of security and, in some cases, a life saving resource.

"These victims pass you in the halls at work, carpool your kids and possibly even spend the holidays with you," said Katherine Greene, Houston/Gulf Coast region president, Verizon Wireless. "Collection efforts like the one we've been engaged with through the LSU Health Sciences Center have provided the community with an opportunity to positively impact domestic violence prevention."

"We are pleased to help Verizon Wireless with such a worthwhile community effort," said Michael Webster, of the LSU Health Sciences Center. "Due to the success of the campaign here, and in an effort to continue helping those affected by domestic violence, we are placing a permanent HopeLine phone collection bin on the campus of LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans."

As a result of HopeLine and related phone recycling programs Verizon Wireless has organized since 2001, the company has collected more than 1.2 million used wireless phones for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups. From January to June 2003, Verizon Wireless donated over $1.5 million in monetary and other contributions to domestic violence shelters and prevention programs across the country. Donations are also accepted year round at more than 12 south Louisiana Verizon Wireless communications stores, benefiting the HopeLine program.

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 39 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.  

About HopeLine
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.  

About the LSU Health Sciences Center
The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans is Louisiana's flagship academic health center. A statewide resource, it has a fourfold mission of education, patient care, research and outreach. Educating about 70% of the state's health care professionals, LSU Heath Sciences Center in New Orleans comprises schools of medicine, nursing, allied health professions, graduate studies, public health, and the only school of dentistry in the state. LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans also manages the public hospital system in Louisiana with eight hospitals caring for more than a million Louisianians every year.

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