News Release

Verizon Wireless And The Durham, North Carolina Rescue Mission Team-Up To Help Domestic Violence Victims Get Back On Their Feet

Durham Rescue Mission to receive $2,000 to Help Fund A New Computer Class for Women

January 11, 2007

Carly Culbertson
Verizon Wireless Carolinas/Tennessee Region
Carolyn.Culbertson@verizonwireless.com
864-987-2006

Erin Nelson/JDPR
erinn@jdpr.com  
864-233-3776, ext. 17

DURHAM, NC — Verizon Wireless, a recognized corporate leader in the fight against domestic violence, will donate $2,000 to the Durham Rescue Mission to help fund the Rescue Mission's newest computer class offered to women living at the mission. The Durham Rescue Mission is the oldest, largest and most extensive provider of services for homeless men, women, children, and families in the Durham area.

Verizon Wireless will present the check to Durham Rescue Mission, Executive Director Ernie Mills, alongside the Durham Chamber of Commerce and business officials on Thursday, January 18th, at 1 p.m. in conjunction with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Verizon Wireless' new Durham store, located at 5319 New Hope Commons Ext. Suite 101, next to Red Robin.

Ernie Mills, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Durham Rescue Mission said, "According to the latest Durham Point in Time survey, of those women that were homeless due to domestic violence, 78 percent are living at the Durham Rescue Mission, so we are grateful for Verizon Wireless' donation. These computer classes will teach many women advanced computer skills for future job opportunities."

Verizon Wireless' commitment to the fight against domestic violence and its prevention began in 1995 when the company introduced its HopeLine® program to help address issues such as violence against women, child abuse, dating violence and elder abuse, to name a few.

The Durham store and all of Verizon Wireless' 2,200 company-owned stores collect used cellphones (any make, model or carrier) to recycle the phones and give the proceeds to domestic violence programs across the country.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 57 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 60,000 employees nationwide. The company 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®
Marking its 11th year in 2006, the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program today collects wireless phones and accessories from any wireless service provider, which are recycled in an environmentally safe way or refurbished and sold. Proceeds from HopeLine benefit domestic violence agencies, often providing victims with essential communication tools — wireless phones and wireless services, including voicemail and pre-paid wireless minutes. Donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline

About Durham Rescue Mission
Founded in 1974, the Durham Rescue Mission is the oldest, largest, most extensive provider of services for homeless men, women, children, and families in Durham. Services offered include food, clothing, shelter (emergency and transitional housing), educational opportunities to complete GED, computer training, and counseling. Our structured environment aids in eliminating alcohol and other drug dependency. For additional information, please visit www.DurhamRescueMission.org.

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