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Verizon Wireless And The Denver Broncos Team Up To Provide A HopeLine® For Survivors Of Domestic Violence in Colorado

Wireless phone collection drive to start Oct. 4 at INVESCO Field at Mile High Stadium

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September 29, 2009

Bob Kelley
Robert.Kelley@VerizonWireless.com
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DENVER, CO — Verizon Wireless and the Denver Broncos are teaming up for the seventh consecutive year to help curb domestic violence. Starting in October, fans attending the Broncos home games are invited to donate no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories to benefit survivors of domestic violence through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program. HopeLine drop boxes will be located at the guest relations centers at sections 105 and 122 at INVESCO Field at Mile High for the remainder of the season.

Through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any wireless service provider are collected. Phones donated to HopeLine that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are recycled in an environmentally friendly way. Proceeds from HopeLine are used to award grants and to donate wireless phones with prepaid airtime to local shelters and non-profit organizations to aid survivors of domestic violence.

"Verizon Wireless is pleased to partner with the Broncos for the seventh straight year," said Melanie Braidich, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "By something as simple as donating wireless phones that are no longer used, the Broncos fans are helping to make a difference in an epidemic that affects one in three American women during their lifetime."

In the past seven years, the company has awarded more than $400,000 in HopeLine grants and hundreds of HopeLine wireless phones with prepaid airtime to domestic violence agencies across Colorado.

The HopeLine program also includes #HOPE, which can be dialed from any Verizon Wireless handset to immediately connect to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The hotline provides professional support and referrals to people involved in domestic violence, as well as those who want to help friends and family. The call to #HOPE is toll- and airtime-free.

Wireless phones and equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country. For additional information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving 87.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 87,000 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.  

About HopeLine
Verizon Wireless encourages customers who are upgrading their wireless phone to participate in its exclusive HopeLine phone-recycling program. The national HopeLine program distributes previously owned wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports non-profit domestic violence advocacy groups and provides an environmentally safe method of recycling phones. Donations are accepted at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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