News Release

There's Cash For A Good Cause In Those Old Cell Phones

Holidays Create Glut of No Longer Used Phones; Recycle Them at Verizon Wireless Stores

January 4, 2005

J. Abra Degbor
JAbra.Degbor@VerizonWireless.com
781-481-1314David Thomson
978-808-7700

WOBURN, MA — Last year, using funds generated from the HopeLineSM Phone Recycling Program, Verizon Wireless' New England Region awarded grants totaling $30,000 to domestic violence prevention groups to fund a series of programs to assist domestic violence victims and advocacy groups.

If you're wondering what to do with your old wireless phone now that you've received a new one as a holiday gift, you can still put your old phone to good use. Drop off your no longer used phone at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store and help fight domestic violence through the company's HopeLine 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.

"The HopeLine Phone Recycling program is an easy way for community-minded citizens to support domestic violence organizations," said Bob Stott, president of Verizon Wireless' New England 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."

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. Donations are accepted at all 56 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores throughout New England. For store locations and additional information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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