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Verizon Wireless Technology Helps Domestic Violence Survivors In Middlesex County, New Jersey

Company Donates Wireless Phones to Women Aware, Inc.

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February 12, 2009

David Samberg
David.Samberg@VerizonWireless.com
845-365-7212Gisela López
gisela.lopez@vivianipr.com  
973-968-7928

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Continuing its commitment to domestic violence prevention and awareness, Verizon Wireless recently donated 10 wireless phones with prepaid service to Middlesex County's Women Aware, Inc.

The donation was made possible through the company's HopeLine® phone recycling program, which collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider at any Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide. Phones that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally sound way. Proceeds from the HopeLine program are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.

Other New York/ New Jersey Metro Area agencies that recently received HopeLine phone donations include the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the New York City Administration for Children's Services.

Dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault in Middlesex County, Women Aware, Inc. provides services to survivors of domestic violence regardless of economic status, race, age, sexual orientation, and gender.

"The HopeLine recycling program provides a quick and easy way for each of us to make a difference in the lives of women and children scarred by domestic violence," said Pat Devlin, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro Region. "Something as simple as a wireless phone can help enable and empower these women to take positive steps to transform their lives."

Since 2001, the HopeLine program has collected nearly 5.6 million wireless phones, given more than $6.3 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country, and distributed more than 76,000 phones with more than 228 million minutes of free wireless service to victims of domestic violence.

In the New York/ New Jersey Metro area, Verizon Wireless has donated more than one million in products, services and cash grants since 2001. In 2008, Verizon Wireless created a new $100,000 scholarship fund at the Rutgers University School of Social Work and its Center on Violence Against Women and Children and introduced UHopeLine, establishing permanent HopeLine cell phone recycling points on college campuses for the first time.

HopeLine wireless phone donations also are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in New York and across the nation. For store locations and additional information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 80 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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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