News Release

Verizon Wireless Awards HopeLine Grant To Family Counseling Services Of The Finger Lakes In New York

$5,000 Grant Awarded for Domestic Violence Prevention and Education Projects

November 13, 2005

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

GENEVA, NY — Verizon Wireless will present Family Counseling Services of the Finger Lakes with a $5,000 grant from the company's HopeLine® Foundation. The grant will be used to fund education for teens and young women to help lessen incidents of domestic violence in the future. This grant is one of 13 grants totaling $35,000 being awarded across Upstate New York to help organizations involved in domestic violence prevention and education introduce new programs, expand existing ones or add facilities to better serve clients.

"We are thrilled to have been chosen to receive a HopeLine Grant," said Family Counseling Services executive director, Bonnie Deier. "We are very excited about our new teen violence prevention program. The grant will allow us to help meet the demand for this program in our local schools."

John O'Malley, public relations manager for Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York Region, will present the grant to Deier on Monday, November 14th at 1:00 PM. The check presentation will take place at the offices of Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes, 671 South Exchange Street, Geneva, NY 14456.

Verizon Wireless, a recognized corporate leader in the fight against domestic violence, works to combat domestic violence and raise awareness of the issue through the company's HopeLine program.

Marking its 10th year in 2005, HopeLine today collects wireless phones and accessories from any wireless service provider, and then refurbishes the phones or recycles them in an environmentally friendly way. Proceeds from the HopeLine program benefit victims of domestic violence and non-profit advocacy agencies, providing essential communication tools of wireless phones and wireless services, and financial grants. Phone donations are accepted at all 1,200-plus Verizon Wireless Stores across the country. For additional information, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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