News Release

Verizon Wireless Offers $30,000 In Grants To Nonprofit Groups In Metro New York And New Jersey

Company Seeks Applications for Domestic Violence Prevention and Education Projects

June 5, 2005

David Samberg
David.Samberg@VerizonWireless.com
845-365-7212Lynette Viviani
lynette.viviani@vivianipr.com
973-283-9228

ORANGEBURG, NY — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, is seeking grant proposals for domestic violence prevention and education projects in the New York Metro area. Qualifying nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for competitive grants totaling $30,000, made possible through the company's HopeLine® phone recycling program.

HopeLine grants are being offered to enable agencies, shelters and other domestic violence advocacy groups to introduce or expand programs, add equipment or enhance facilities to better serve clients. Three individual grants, up to $10,000 each, will be announced in October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Project proposals must be postmarked, or e-mailed by June 30, 2005.

Last year's grants funded projects that delivered benefits to both victims and the community. The Hispanic Counseling Center in Hempstead, Long Island, for example, provided a 12-week program to provide bilingual/bicultural support and recovery services to women and children affected by domestic violence. The Northern Westchester Shelter's HopeLine grant will support the "Love Should Not Hurt" Teen Dating Abuse Summit on October 21, 2005 at Pace University. In New Jersey, The Junior League furnished and equipped a dedicated resource and counseling room for residents of a domestic violence shelter in Essex County.

"Domestic violence awareness and prevention is Verizon Wireless' chief community focus," said Charles Hand, president of the company's New York Metro Region. "It is our hope these grants will continue to provide funding for innovative programs to help protect victims of domestic violence and educate our community."

Verizon Wireless will give strong preference to grant proposals that:

  • Emphasize the benefits of the new or expanded program or services
  • Include an implementation plan with a defined beginning and end
  • Define measurable results

To qualify for funding, an applicant must be designated a public or private 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with a valid Internal Revenue Service tax ID and based in the Verizon Wireless New York Metro Region which includes the following: five boroughs of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties in New York; and Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union and Warren counties in New Jersey. For an application and additional information, please call 845-429-3839.

Verizon Wireless created its HopeLine program 10 years ago to put wireless products and services to work to help victims of domestic violence enhance their safety. In addition to funding non-profit domestic violence organizations, HopeLine includes a successful phone recycling program; free phones, service and voice mailboxes for victims; community and corporate awareness initiatives and a bilingual "Invest In Yourself" program designed to help survivors reenter the workforce.

For additional information, visit the HopeLine Web site at www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 45.5 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 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.  

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