News Release

Verizon Wireless Combats Domestic Violence With $30,000 In Grants In Metro New York And New Jersey

Three Area Non-Profits Receive Funding for Education and Awareness Programs

November 1, 2005

David Samberg
David.Samberg@VerizonWireless.com
845-365-7212Kimberly Ancin
kimberly.ancin@vivianipr.com
845-429-3839

ORANGEBURG, NY — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, has awarded $30,000 in grants to fund new or expanded domestic violence prevention and education programs in the New York Metro region. The grants, $10,000 each, were awarded to the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. of New York City, the Passaic County Women's Center in Paterson, NJ, and the Rutgers University Foundation in New Brunswick, NJ. Funding was made possible through the company's HopeLine® wireless phone recycling program.

Verizon Wireless created its HopeLine program 10 years ago to put the company's wireless products and services to work to help victims of domestic violence enhance their safety. The cornerstone of the program is the recycling of no-longer-used wireless phones, collected at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores throughout the New York Metro area and 1,200 stores across the nation. Proceeds from the program were used to fund the three $10,000 grants. During the past three years, Verizon Wireless has awarded nine grants in New York and New Jersey, totaling $90,000, in addition to numerous phone and cash donations.

"All community-minded citizens who turned in their old wireless phones at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores have helped to make these grants possible," said Charles Hand, Verizon Wireless New York Metro Region president. "Clearly, the HopeLine phone recycling program is working to support domestic violence prevention and help women re-build their lives."

The HopeLine grant to the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families will support 19 workshops for Bronx students at Walton High School. The workshops will address issues such as intimate partner violence, communication and relationship skills and the cycle of violence.

In Passaic County, the Verizon Wireless grant will fund the "The Clothesline Project", a unique program that helps raise public awareness of domestic violence and serves as a healing tool, for survivors, friends and family whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence.

At Rutgers University, the HopeLine grant will support the Sexual Assault Services and Crime Victims Assistance programs which help raise awareness and respond to the impact of interpersonal violence on campus.

As a result of HopeLine and related phone recycling programs the company has organized since 1995, Verizon Wireless has collected more than 2.5 million used wireless phones for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups, including nearly 100,000 wireless handsets in the New York Metro area. Donations are accepted at all 73 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the New York Metro area. For store locations and additional information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  For additional information about HopeLine, visit the HopeLine Web site at www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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