News Release

Verizon Wireless To Award $35,000 In Grants To Nonprofit Domestic Violence Groups In Upstate New York, Including Elmira

$1,250 Grant to be Awarded to Domestic Violence Prevention and Education Projects in Elmira/Corning Area

August 9, 2005

John O'Malley
John.OMalley@VerizonWireless.com
585-321-7264Meredith Dropkin
For Verizon Wireless
meredithd@mragroup.com
315-233-3000

CORNING, NY — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless company, is seeking grant proposals for domestic violence prevention and education projects in the Elmira/Corning area. Qualifying nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for a $1,250 grant, made possible through the company's HopeLine® phone recycling program. The grant is one of 13 competitive grants totaling $35,000 the company is awarding across Upstate New York.

The grant is 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. The recipient of the grant will be announced in October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Project proposals must be postmarked or emailed by September 15, 2005.

"Domestic violence awareness and prevention is Verizon Wireless' chief community focus," said John Palmer, president of Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York 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 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 Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler or Yates counties. For an application and additional information, please call 585-321-7264.

Marking its 10th year in 2005, HopeLine collects wireless phones and accessories from any wireless service provider. Since 1995, Verizon Wireless has collected more than two million used wireless phones for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups. Donations are accepted at all 60 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the Upstate New York area, and at 1,900 company retail locations across the country. All wireless phone models, batteries and chargers from any carrier are accepted. For store locations and additional information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 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
The Verizon Wireless HopeLine program collects phones of any wireless carrier and refurbishes or recycles them with all proceeds benefiting victims of domestic violence. The environmentally friendly HopeLine Program puts wireless services and equipment to work to assist victims in emergency domestic violence situations. Donations are accepted at all 1,900-plus Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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