News Release

Verizon Wireless Awards More Than $40,000 In Grants To New England Domestic Violence Organizations

Financial Support Given to New England Domestic Violence Organizations; Communities Team with HopeLine To Increase Contributions

September 12, 2006

Mike Murphy
Michael.Murphy@VerizonWireless.com
781-932-1213

WOBURN, MA — Verizon Wireless today announced it has donated more than $40,000 in 2006 to New England-based domestic violence agencies through the company's HopeLine® $1,000 Grant Program. Since the introduction of the program in 2004, Verizon Wireless has contributed more than $100,000 to programs focused on domestic violence prevention and awareness in New England.

Through its multi-faceted HopeLine program, the company delivers much-needed communications tools and financial support to families in crisis and domestic violence survivors, non-profit organizations, law enforcement agencies and support groups based in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island through the donation of wireless phones with service, voicemail boxes and financial grants.

Verizon Wireless Awards Grants Throughout New England

The following organizations have benefited from HopeLine grants this year:

  • Massachusetts: Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, Brockton Family & Community Resources, Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery, CCHERS, Community Legal Services and Counseling, DOVE, Inc., EMH Recovery, Inc., the Elizabeth Stone House, Friends of Shattuck Shelter, Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project (GMDVP), Haverhill Community Violence Coalition, Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS), Portal to Hope, Rape Crisis Center of Greater Lowell, Reading Police Department, RESPOND, Inc., SAFE Studio, Inc., Web of Benefit, Women in Transition/Alternative House and the YWCA of Worcester.
  • New Hampshire: BRIDGES, the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (NHCADSV), New Hampshire Task Force on Women and Addiction and Riverbend Community Mental Health.
  • Vermont: Behavioral Medicine, the Rutland County Women's Network, Women Helping Battered Women and the Women's Rape Crisis Center.
  • Maine: Battered Women's Project, Caring Unlimited, New Hope for Women and The Next Step.

Local Businesses Team with Verizon Wireless to Collect Phones

The HopeLine program also provides an environmentally-friendly method for recycling handsets. Through wireless phone recycling drives, collected handsets (any model, any carrier) are recycled or sold. Proceeds are then used to benefit non-profit domestic violence prevention organizations through financial grants. Since 2001, consumers nationally have donated nearly three million phones to HopeLine with more than 600,000 donated phones being recycled.

In addition to the year-round collection of no-longer-used phones and batteries at Verizon Wireless stores, Suffolk University Law School and TJX Corporation this year joined more than 25 police departments in Plymouth County, the Plymouth County District Attorney's office, Private Healthcare Services of Waltham, the Boston Police Department, the Wang Center for the Performing Arts, and the Town of Braintree Recycling Program, to collect used wireless phones for HopeLine. Other companies that maintain ongoing, year-round HopeLine collection programs include Hewlett Packard and General Electric.

"Through the HopeLine program, Verizon Wireless helps domestic violence survivors with the rebuilding process," said Bob Stott, New England Region president, Verizon Wireless. "Support from our customers, partners and community volunteers has been crucial to the success of HopeLine as we combine resources to become part of a solution to this national epidemic."

Return to School Provides Phone Collection Opportunities

For schools or universities seeking to become involved in efforts to raise awareness of this issue, a HopeLine wireless phone recycling drive is easy to arrange and provides students a way to raise awareness of domestic and teen-dating violence while recycling no-longer-used phones in an environmentally-friendly manner.

For more information on HopeLine or to learn how to arrange a corporate or school-based phone recycling drive, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 54.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., 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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