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Verizon Wireless Technology Helps Domestic Violence Survivors In Brooklyn, New York

Company Donates Wireless Phones to Kings County DA's Office and St. Vincent's Specialized Preventive Services

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February 17, 2009

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

ORANGEBURG, NY — Continuing its commitment to domestic violence prevention and awareness, Verizon Wireless recently donated 50 wireless phones with prepaid service to the Kings County District Attorney's Office where they will be distributed to help protect domestic violence survivors and their families throughout Brooklyn. Ten wireless phones and service also were donated to St. Vincent's Specialized Preventive Services.

The donations were made possible through the company's HopeLine® phone recycling program, which collects old, no-longer-used cell phones at 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.

Dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault in Brooklyn, the Domestic Violence Bureau of Kings County's District Attorney's Office is responsible for investigating and prosecuting all crimes related to domestic violence including child and spousal abuse, stalking and sexual assault. The Bureau also has a special unit devoted to elder abuse.

St. Vincent's Services (SVS) is one of the City's largest and most respected family care agencies. Founded in 1869 to serve families in Brooklyn, SVS offers a broad array of services including foster care, group homes, a program for children with AIDS, and a licensed mental health and chemical dependency clinic.

"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, Verizon Wireless New York Metro Region President. "Something as simple as a wireless phone can help enable and empower these women to take positive steps to transform their lives."

Since HopeLine's national phone recycling and re-use program was launched in 2001, Verizon Wireless has collected nearly 5.6 million wireless phones, given more than $6.3 million in cash grants and distributed more than 76,000 phones with more than 228 million minutes of free wireless service to be used by victims of domestic violence.

In the New York Metro area, Verizon Wireless has donated more than $1 million in products, services and cash grants since 2001. The company is a member of the Founder's Circle of the New York City Family Justice Center in Brooklyn and has donated nearly $200,000 to the Mayor's Family Justice Center Initiative since 2001.

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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