News Release

Verizon Wireless Offering $30,000 In Grants To Nonprofits In Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware

Company Seeks Applications for Domestic Violence Prevention and Education Projects

June 21, 2005

Sheldon Jones
Sheldon.Jones@VerizonWireless.com
215-638-5668 (office)
215-219-8890 (mobile)Megan Shames (Southeastern PA)
215-790-4343

Pam Boyd (South Jersey/Delaware)
856-642-6226 x 11

TREVOSE, PA — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, is seeking grant proposals for domestic violence prevention and education projects in the company's Philadelphia Tri-State Region that includes southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. Qualifying nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for competitive grants totaling $30,000, made possible through the company's exclusive HopeLine® community relations program.

HopeLine grants are being offered to assist agencies, shelters and other domestic violence prevention advocacy groups to introduce or expand programs, add equipment or enhance facilities to better serve clients. Ten individual grants, up to $3,000 each, will be announced in October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Project proposals must be submitted by August 1, 2005.

"We're pleased to announce these grants as we mark the 10th anniversary of our HopeLine program, which focuses on using our resources to support domestic violence awareness and prevention both nationally and in the region," said Christine Baron, president of the company's Philadelphia Tri-State Region. "It is our hope that these grants will provide funding assistance for innovative programs that focus on education and prevention efforts and help protect victims of domestic violence."

Verizon Wireless will give strong preference to grant proposals that:

  • Emphasize the benefits of new or expanded programs 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 based in the Philadelphia area (including Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery counties); South Jersey (Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Ocean and Salem counties) and Delaware (New Castle, Kent, Sussex). To obtain an application and additional information in South Jersey and Delaware, call Carla Reinas at 856-642-6226 (ext. 15). Interested parties in southeastern Pennsylvania can call Natalie Giuliante at 215-790-4371.

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 nonprofit domestic violence organizations, HopeLine includes a successful phone recycling program; free wireless phones and service for victims; community and corporate awareness initiatives, and free "Invest in Yourself" workshops designed to help survivors re-enter the workforce.

Since HopeLine's inception in 1995, more than 2.75 million wireless phones have been collected for recycling and more than $7.7 million donated to domestic violence shelters and advocacy organizations. Phone donations are accepted at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the Philadelphia region and at company retail locations across the country. All wireless phone models, batteries and chargers from any carrier are accepted. For additional information, visit 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 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.  
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