News Release

Verizon Wireless Marks 10-Year Anniversary Of HopeLine Program With $2,500 Donation To Every Woman's Place in Michigan

Gift to Help Fund Shelter's Telecommunications Services

March 20, 2005

Michelle Gilbert
Michelle.Gilbert@VerizonWireless.com
248-915-3680Robyn Gorell
For Verizon Wireless
rgorell@marxlayne.com
248-855-6777

MUSKEGON, MI — To mark the 10-year anniversary of Verizon Wireless' HopeLineSM program, the company today announced a $2,500 gift to Every Woman's Place and Webster House Youth Services in Muskegon, Mich. The organization will use the donation to help fund its emergency, 24-hour crisis line as well as the wireless phones of on-call crisis workers.

Through its award-winning HopeLine program, Verizon Wireless collects no-longer-used wireless phones and equipment from any vendor. Most of the donated phones and equipment are refurbished and sold with proceeds going to support domestic violence awareness and prevention programs. Any remaining phones are recycled in an environmentally friendly way.

"We are grateful to Verizon Wireless for its ongoing commitment to the safety of women and children," said Susan Johnson, executive director, Every Woman's Place and Webster House Youth Services. "Verizon Wireless is an integral partner in establishing comprehensive community solutions to a highly complex issue. We are so appreciative of their dedication and support."

Every Woman's Place is a crisis center for women and their children. Its mission is to enhance the lives of women, youth and families in the community by providing and advocating for services that lead to their safety, emotional and economic self-sufficiency, productivity and ability to participate fully in society.

In 2004, consumers nationwide donated three-quarters of a million phones to HopeLine, up more than 35 percent from the previous year, and bringing the total to nearly two million phones since the program's national phone collection and recycling efforts began in 2001.

"Over the past decade, HopeLine has grown significantly and along the way has helped so many survivors-keeping them safe and helping them rebuild their lives," said Greg Haller, president—Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky Region, Verizon Wireless. "We're thankful to our customers and the countless other consumers, organizations and businesses that have participated in the program and helped make possible gifts like this one pledged to Every Woman's Place."

Verizon Wireless created its long-running HopeLine program to put wireless products and services to work to combat domestic violence and raise awareness of the issue. When it began, the HopeLine program donated voicemail boxes to victims living in shelters. Today, the multi-faceted program also includes a successful phone recycling and re-use effort, financial support for regional and national non-profit domestic violence organizations, community and corporate awareness programs, and partnerships with law enforcement agencies, professional sports teams, educational institutions and corporations nationwide.

Wireless phones and equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program at more than 1,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country, including the Muskegon location at 1700 Apple Ave. For more information about the HopeLine program, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

About Verizon Wireless
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