News Release

Verizon Wireless Donates 10 Wireless Phones to Crisis Team at Maimonides Medical Center in New York

Employee Phone Drive Yields 200 Handsets to Benefit Victims of Domestic Violence

May 18, 2004

David Samberg
David.Samberg@VerizonWireless.com
845-365-7212Robin B. Nicol
908-789-4719

BROOKLYN, NY — Continuing its commitment to domestic violence prevention and awareness, Verizon Wireless today donated 10 wireless phones to Maimonides Medical Center's Domestic Violence Crisis Team.

The donation was made possible through the company's HopeLineSM Phone Recycling Program and the efforts of the medical center's social workers. No longer used wireless phones collected through the HopeLine recycling program are refurbished, recycled or sold. Phones that cannot be refurbished are disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Proceeds are donated to domestic violence advocacy groups or used to purchase new phones for victims.

Maimonides Medical Center recently held a HopeLine recycling drive, encouraging employees to donate their old, no longer used wireless phones to the company's HopeLine Program. Over 200 wireless phones were collected during the drive.

"The HopeLine phone recycling program is an easy way for community-minded citizens to support local domestic violence organizations as they help abused women re-build their lives," said Ada Roman-Ryan, social work manager at Maimonides Medical Center. "Domestic violence does not discriminate; it's all around us in places most of us would never imagine. Employees who supported the program could very well be helping their own friends or neighbors."

Maimonides' domestic violence crisis team will lend the phones to women at risk to carry with them to call for help in an emergency. The phones are specially programmed to dial 9-1-1 and Safe Horizon's hotline number: 800-621-4673.

"No offense shakes individual security more than violence in the home," said Charles Hand, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro Region. "At Verizon Wireless, we continue to be humbled by the strength of domestic violence survivors and proud to provide them with resources that can help them rebuild their lives."

As a result of HopeLine and related phone recycling programs the company has organized since 1995, Verizon Wireless has collected two million used wireless phones for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups, including more than 90,000 wireless handsets in the New York metro area. Donations are accepted at all 70 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the New York Metro area. All wireless phone models, batteries and chargers from any carrier are accepted. For store locations and additional information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

About Verizon Wireless
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