News Release

Verizon Wireless Launches Burlington County HopeLine Drive To Benefit Domestic Violence Survivors

--Phone Drive Marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month
-- Residents urged to donate no-longer-used phones from any make or carrier
-- Phones collected at any Burlington County Verizon Wireless Communications store through October
-- Verizon Wireless provides $3,000 HopeLine donation to Providence House — Burlington

September 29, 2009

Sheldon Jones
Sheldon.Jones@VerizonWireless.com
215-638-5668 (office)
215-219-8890 (mobile)Pam Boyd/Carla Reinas
856-642-6226

BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ — In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month, Verizon Wireless is launching a Burlington County HopeLine® drive to collect no-longer-used cell phones and accessories to benefit victims of domestic violence. The phone drive, which runs through October 31, was announced at a local event recognizing Burlington county residents who have been murdered through acts of domestic violence. At the event, Verizon Wireless made a $3,000 HopeLine donation to Providence House – Burlington, a non-profit organization that provides services to domestic violence victims.

(Image Caption: (L to R): Jean Metz, Executive Director, Providence House-Burlington; Dr. Robert Messina, Jr., President, Burlington County College; Scott North, District Manager Communication Stores for Verizon Wireless, Philadelphia Tri-State Region; Jean E. Stanfield, Burlington County Sheriff; Robert D. Bernardi, Burlington County Prosecutor )

HopeLine accepts wireless phones and accessories in any condition from any manufacturer for reuse and recycling at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores or via mail (postage-paid label available at www.verizonwireless.com/hopelinemailinglabel). All phones donated to HopeLine that can be refurbished are sold for reuse, and those that are not salvageable are recycled http://aboutus.vzw.com/communityservice/hopeLineRecycling.html in an environmentally sound way under a zero landfill policy. Proceeds from HopeLine are used to provide wireless phones to survivors of domestic violence who are rebuilding their lives or cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness. Burlington County residents are encouraged to drop off their phone donations at their local Verizon Wireless store, including:

Burlington Mall
2501 Mt. Holly Road
Burlington, NJ 08016
(609) 239-3770

Cambridge Crossing
4317 Dearborn Cir
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
(856) 778-0733

Mt. Laurel
1211 Rte 73
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
(856) 914-1300

“The focus of our HopeLine program is to provide cell phones in emergency situations and to provide much-needed funding so organizations like Providence House can continue making a positive impact in the community,” said Mario Turco, president of Verizon Wireless’ Philadelphia Tri-State region. “By donating your no-longer-used phones, you will make a difference in the life of a domestic violence survivor.”

Since October of 2001 when Verizon Wireless launched HopeLine, its national recycling program, the company has collected more than 6 million phones nationwide and turned them into nearly $7 million in cash grants to support domestic violence victims. Visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline for information.

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.

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