News Release

Two Million Minutes Of Hope For Southern California Domestic Violence Survivors

Verizon Wireless awards 740 phones with 2.2 million free minutes to southern California domestic violence agencies since January, 2006

June 13, 2007

Ken Muche
Ken.Muche@VerizonWireless.com
949-286-8193

IRVINE, CA — Victims of domestic violence throughout southern California are using more than two million cellphone minutes donated by Verizon Wireless to begin rebuilding their lives. The phones and airtime were donated through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program.

"These HopeLine phones do more than call 9-1-1; they are fully functioning wireless phones," said John Palmer, regional president of Verizon Wireless. "With these phones, victims in shelters are able to stay in touch with loved ones and support services; schedule appointments with doctors and interviews with potential employers; and, make a host of other calls as they work to rebuild their lives during a very difficult time."

Agencies receiving free HopeLine phones and airtime since January 2006 include:

  • City of San Diego Family Justice Center, San Diego, California
  • Domestic Violence Unit of the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, Los Angeles, California
  • House of Ruth, Pomona, California
  • San Bernardino County Child Protective Services, San Bernardino, California
  • South Asian Network, Artesia, California
  • Su Casa, Long Beach, California
  • Victim's Services Department of the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, Riverside, California

Since October of 2001 when Verizon Wireless launched its national recycling program, HopeLine has collected more than 3.5 million phones, nationwide. The program has disposed of more than 800,000 pieces of wireless equipment in an environmentally sound way, and refurbished the remaining for resale and reuse. People across the country donated a total of 910,000 no-longer-used wireless phones to HopeLine in 2006.

No-longer-used phones are collected in more than 2,200 Communications Stores across the country. For more information on Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program and on how to donate a wireless phone, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 60.7 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 66,000 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.

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