News Release

Verizon Wireless Offers $30,000 in Grants to Nonprofit Groups in Metro New York and New Jersey

Company Seeks Applications For Domestic Violence Prevention and Education Projects

June 30, 2004

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

ORANGEBURG, NY — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless company, is seeking grant proposals for domestic violence prevention and education projects in the New York Metro area. Qualifying nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for competitive grants totaling $30,000, made possible through the company's HopeLinesm phone recycling program.

The grants are being offered to enable agencies, shelters and other domestic violence advocacy groups to introduce or expand programs, add equipment or enhance facilities to better serve clients. Three individual grants, up to $10,000 each, will be announced in October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Project proposals must be postmarked, faxed, or emailed by July 30, 2004.

Last year's grants funded projects that delivered benefits to both victims and the community. The Suffolk Coalition Against Domestic Violence, for example, purchased a much needed minivan to transport residents to and from its shelter. The Children's Aid Society of New York introduced 'The Parenting Journey,' a new 13-week therapeutic program designed to help parents affected by domestic violence understand the cyclical nature of domestic abuse. In New Jersey, Women's Crisis Services of Hunterdon County presented "The Yellow Dress," a one-act play depicting teen-dating violence, to almost 1600 area high school students.

"Domestic violence awareness and prevention is Verizon Wireless' chief community focus," said Charles Hand, president of the company's New York Metro Region. "It is our hope these grants will continue to provide funding for innovative programs to help protect victims of domestic violence and educate our community."

Verizon Wireless will give strong preference to grant proposals that:

  • Emphasize the benefits of the new or expanded programs or services
  • Include an implementation plan with a defined beginning and end
  • Define measurable results

To qualify for funding, an applicant must be designated a public or private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a valid Internal Revenue Service tax ID based in the Verizon Wireless New York Metro Region which includes the following: five boroughs of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties in New York, and Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union and Warren counties in New Jersey. For an application and additional information, please call 845-429-3839.

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, and at 1,200 company retail locations across the country. 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
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 40 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.

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