News Release

Verizon Wireless and CU-Boulder Team Up To Provide A HopeLine for Victims of Domestic Violence in Colorado

Used Wireless Phone Collection Drive To Be Held October 9 at Folsom Field

October 6, 2004

Jenny Weaver
Jenny.Weaver@VerizonWireless.com
480-763-6321

BOULDER, CO — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, and the University of Colorado at Boulder are teaming to help curb domestic violence in our community. Fans attending the Buffalos game on Saturday, October 9, are invited to donate used wireless phones and accessories to benefit victims of domestic violence through the Verizon Wireless HopeLineSM program. HopeLine drop boxes will be located outside the gates at Folsom Field from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Through the HopeLine program, used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any carrier are refurbished, recycled and/or sold. Verizon Wireless uses the proceeds to award grants and to donate wireless phones with airtime to non-profit human services and law enforcement agencies to aid survivors of domestic violence.

"By donating their old wireless phones, Buffalo fans can help us provide a HopeLine to victims of domestic violence, an epidemic affecting more than 30 percent of American women during their lifetimes. At the same time, they'll also be helping the environment. Equipment that cannot be refurbished is disposed of in an environmentally-sound way," said Tami Erwin, regional president for Verizon Wireless.

As part of its HopeLine program, Verizon Wireless also makes financial grants to local, regional and national domestic violence organizations. In the past two years, the company has awarded grants totaling more than $60,000 to Colorado domestic violence agencies, and, through a comprehensive campaign with Governor Owens, has donated 450 HopeLine wireless phones with one year of prepaid airtime to domestic violence agencies across the state.

Wireless phones and equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country.

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 40.4 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
Verizon Wireless encourages customers who are upgrading their wireless phone to participate in its exclusive HopeLine phone-recycling program. 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.  

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