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Verizon Wireless To Support Hawthorne, New Jersey, Run Against Domestic Violence On June 24

Runners & Spectators Urged to Donate No-Longer-Used Cellphones To Verizon Wireless HopeLine® Phone Recycling Program Company Pledges $5 for Every Phone Collected

June 17, 2007

David Samberg
David.Samberg@VerizonWireless.com
845-365-7212Melinda McLoughlin
melinda.mcloughlin@vivianipr.com  
973-830-7397

MORRISTOWN, NY — Verizon Wireless is teaming up with the Hawthorne Domestic Violence Response Team to support the Run Against Domestic Violence, a 5K run and family walk, slated for Sunday, June 24, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Hawthorne Library, 345 Lafayette Avenue.

Runners and spectators are encouraged to bring no-longer-used cellphones and accessories to donate to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® phone recycling program. Collection boxes will be located at the race registration area near the library. For each phone collected, Verizon Wireless will donate $5, up to $2,500, to benefit the Hawthorne Domestic Violence Response Team.

A recognized corporate leader for its commitment to preventing domestic violence and raising awareness of the issue, Verizon Wireless was the first wireless carrier in the nation to collect and recycle old cellphones and has done so since January 1999 — first in New Jersey and then across the U.S. The wireless equipment is refurbished or recycled in an environmentally friendly manner and the proceeds benefit domestic violence survivors.

Working in conjunction with the Hawthorne Police Department, the Hawthorne Domestic Violence Response Team was formed in 2003 to provide direct assistance to victims of domestic violence during emergency situations. The group has collected more than 2,000 used phones since it became an ongoing collection point for HopeLine in 2004.

"Each one of us can have an impact on someone's life," said David Samberg, community relations director for Verizon Wireless New York Metro region. "Donating an old, unused cellphone is a simple act of kindness that can have a ripple effect. We thank the residents of Hawthorne for supporting HopeLine and its mission to help those who too often suffer in silence."

Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program has collected more than 3.5 million wireless phones, and given more than $10 million in cash grants and services, and nearly 400,000 phones to domestic violence prevention organizations. Local HopeLine grants include $5,000 recently donated to two Passaic County organizations — Strengthen Our Sisters, a shelter and supportive service program for homeless, battered women and their dependent children; and WAFA House (Women Against Family Abuse), a privately run domestic violence crisis center based in Paterson that caters primarily to the needs of women of South Asian, Arabic and/or Muslim descent.

In addition to a successful phone recycling program and funding for non-profit domestic violence organizations, HopeLine includes free wireless service and voice mailboxes for survivors, community and corporate awareness initiatives, and a bilingual "Invest In Yourself" program designed to help survivors re-enter the workforce.

Donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the New York Metro area. For store locations and additional information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

To sign up for the Hawthorne Run Against Domestic Violence, go to www.hawthorneDVRT.org to download a registration form. The entry fee is $25 for the 5K and $10 for the 1½ mile Family Walk.

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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