News Release

Holidays Create Surplus Of Old Cell Phones; Recycle Them At Verizon Wireless Stores

Company Collects No Longer Used Wireless Phones To Assist Victims of Domestic Violence

December 25, 2004

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

ORANGEBURG, NY — Wondering what to do with your old wireless phone now that you've received a new one as a holiday gift? Drop off your no longer used phone at a Verizon Wireless Communications Store and help fight domestic violence through the company's HopeLineSM Phone Recycling Program. All phones collected will be recycled or sold, and either phones or cash will be donated to non-profit domestic violence agencies. What's more, you'll know you disposed of your phone in an environmentally-friendly way.

"The HopeLine Phone Recycling program is an easy way for community-minded citizens to support domestic violence organizations," said Charles Hand, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro Region. "Domestic violence does not discriminate. It's all around us in places most of us would never imagine. Citizens who support the program could very well be helping their own neighbors."

During the past two years, using funds generated by the HopeLine Phone Recycling Program, Verizon Wireless' New York Metro Region awarded six HopeLine grants totaling $60,000 to domestic violence prevention groups to fund new or expanded programs, in addition to numerous phones and cash donations. The company also has pledged $100,000 over two years to support the New York City President's Family Justice Center, a new initiative announced in early October by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to provide a range of services for victims under one roof.

As a result of HopeLine and related phone recycling programs the company has organized since 1995, Verizon Wireless has collected more than two million used wireless phones for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups, including over 90,000 wireless handsets in the New York Metro area. Donations are accepted at all 71 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the New York Metro area. For store locations and additional information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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