News Release

Verizon Wireless' HopeLine Grant Program Gives Grants To 33 New England Domestic Violence Organizations

Recycling Program Turns Cellphones into Cash for Communities; Thousands in Grant Monies Awarded in Q1 2005

April 24, 2005

J. Abra Degbor
JAbra.Degbor@VerizonWireless.com
781-481-1314

WOBURN, MA — This month, 33 $1,000 checks landed in the mailboxes of organizations that support victims of domestic violence in New England. The checks were made possible by donations of no-longer-used wireless phones from the community to Verizon Wireless' HopeLine® Program, the company's national initiative, which encourages consumers to recycle wireless products. Recycling through HopeLine provides an environmentally friendly way to dispose of no-longer-used wireless phones while helping victims of domestic violence. The HopeLine $1,000 Grant Program makes funds available to non-profit organizations in New England who work with victims of domestic violence. Each group is allowed to apply for the $1,000 grant once per quarter, and as often as three times per year.

Since the program's inception a year ago more than 60 regional agencies have received grants. The 33 organizations receiving grants this quarter include a variety of domestic violence programs and shelter services in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Massachusetts: Battered Women's Resources, Inc. (Leominster); Boston Medical Center Corporation (Boston); Brockton Family and Community Resources (Brockton); CCHERS, Inc. (Boston); Dimock Community Foundation, Inc. (Roxbury); Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project (Cambridge); Harbor Health Services, Inc. (Dorchester); Katie Brown Educational Program, Inc. (Fall River); Mujeres Unidas En Accion/Women United in Action, Inc. (Dorchester); Peace At Home (Somerville); RESPOND, Inc. (Somerville); Safe Passage, Inc. (Northampton); Safe Studio, Inc. (Ipswich); Shattuck Shelters (Jamaica Plain.); Southcoast Hospitals Group, Inc. (New Bedford); The Women's Crisis Center, Inc. (Newburyport); Traveler's Aid Family services, Inc. (Boston); Tri-City Family Housing, Inc. (Malden); Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry (Boston); Western Massachusetts Legal Service, Inc. (Springfield); Worcester State Foundation, Inc. (Worcester) and the Young Women's Christian Association of Central Mass (Worcester).

Maine: Caring Unlimited (Sanford); Family Crisis Services (Portland); Homeless Services of Aroostook (Presque Isle); New Hope for Women (Rockland) and the Pearl Residential Facility (Auburn).

New Hampshire: Hannah House, Inc. (Lebanon) and Women's Supportive Services (Claremont).

Rhode Island: Women's Resource Center of South County, Inc. (Wakefield).

Vermont: Aid to Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (Hardwick); Kids on the Block (Burlington) and Rutland County Women's Network (Rutland).

Grants are awarded to support direct client services, raise public awareness about domestic violence or train staff and volunteers. Every Verizon Wireless Communications Store in the United States accepts old wireless phones regardless of condition, manufacturer or carrier. Batteries and chargers are also accepted. Phones are refurbished and donated with airtime to domestic violence shelters, agencies and law enforcement groups to be used by women in emergency situations. Phones that are beyond repair are sold for parts. Proceeds are turned into cash for the grant program.

As a result of HopeLine and related phone recycling programs the company has organized since 2001, Verizon Wireless has collected more than two million used wireless phones for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups. Last year, the company donated nearly $4 million in monetary and other contributions to domestic violence shelters and prevention programs. The company also donates phones with service and voicemail boxes to shelters for use by women in emergency situations and for confidential communication. Verizon Wireless employees volunteer to present Invest in Yourself workshops designed to help women learn about résumé preparation, interview skills and other job search information as a means of gaining financial independence.

To receive grant guidelines and an application, organizations can e-mail a request to Hopeline.NewEngland@VerizonWireless.com or call 781-932-1510 to have an application mailed. To donate no longer used phones and equipment, please visit one of Verizon Wireless' 1,900 Communications Stores across the country. For more information on the HopeLine program, please go to 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, 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 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.  

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