News Release

Verizon Wireless Phone Drive To Benefit Fort Wayne, Indiana, Area Domestic Violence Group

'Voices Not Victims' On IPFW Campus To Receive $10 Per Phone Collected

April 18, 2005

Michelle Gilbert
Michelle.Gilbert@VerizonWireless.com
248-915-3680Kyle Niederpruem
For Verizon Wireless
kyle@hirons.com
317-977-2206, ext. 225

FORT WAYNE, IN — Verizon Wireless announced today that it will contribute $10 for each wireless phone donated by consumers to its HopeLineSM program to Voices Not Victims during a special month-long drive. Voices Not Victims, located on the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne campus, is a nonprofit student organization that focuses on domestic violence education, prevention and awareness.

During the drive, phones and accessories-in any condition and from any wireless service provider-can be donated from Monday, April 18, through Saturday, May 14, at seven locations on and near the campus, including two area Verizon Wireless Communications Stores.

Through its nationally recognized HopeLine program, Verizon Wireless collects no-longer-used wireless phones and equipment. 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.

"Over the past decade, HopeLine has grown significantly and along the way has helped so many victims-keeping them safe and helping them rebuild their lives," said Greg Haller, president—Indiana/Kentucky/Michigan Region, Verizon Wireless. "Fort Wayne consumers have played a significant role in the success of our HopeLine program and with their continued support, we're confident this drive will be a success."

Voices Not Victims provides peer group support for students, faculty, staff and community members who currently are dealing with domestic violence or are survivors of a past episode. The funds donated by Verizon Wireless will be used by Voices Not Victims to help victims and educate people about domestic violence through a variety of activities.

Collection boxes for the Fort Wayne-area donation drive will be available at the following locations:

  • Kettler Hall, Telephone Operations, Room 153, IPFW campus
  • Sociology Department, Classroom Medical 241, IPFW campus
  • Women's Studies Department, Classroom Medical 272, IPFW campus
  • Center for Women and Returning Adults, WALB 120, IPFW campus
  • Police and Safety Building, IPFW campus
  • Verizon Wireless Communications Store, 4122 Lima Rd., Suite B-15
  • Verizon Wireless Communications Store, 4150 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite K-3

Wireless phones and equipment also can be donated year-round to the HopeLine program at more than 1,900 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For more information about the HopeLine program, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 43.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, N.J., 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 preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

About HopeLine
2005 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, which puts wireless products and services to work to combat domestic violence. Today, HopeLine collects wireless phones and accessories from any wireless carrier and refurbishes or recycles them with proceeds benefiting victims of domestic violence. The environmentally friendly HopeLine Program also provides victims with essential communication tools — wireless phones and wireless services, including voicemail and pre-paid wireless minutes. Donations are accepted at all 1, 900-plus Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

About Voices Not Victims
Voices Not Victims is a student organization at IPFW, which focuses on the education/prevention/awareness of domestic violence. It provides a support community of peers for students/faculty and community members who are going through or have survived domestic violence. We strive to enlighten those who have never experienced or been exposed to domestic violence so they may be sympathetic to the issues should they encounter a situation in their lifetime through educational forums, activities, and speakers. It is an organization open to all sexual preferences, races, cultures, and even abusers who are seeking to exit their abusive behavior.

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