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Verizon Wireless And The University Of Montana Grizzlies Team Up To Provide A HopeLine® For Survivors Of Domestic Violence

Wireless phone collection drives to be held at home games in October

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October 6, 2009

Bob Kelley
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MISSOULA, MT — Verizon Wireless and the University of Montana Grizzlies are teaming up again this year to help curb domestic violence. Fans attending the Grizzlies home games on Oct. 10, Oct. 17 and Oct. 31 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 at the Wireless Connection/Verizon Wireless tent located at the Griz Fan Zone (northwest of the stadium) prior to kickoff.

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 again with the University of Montana Grizzlies to have HopeLine made part of the game day activities," said Melanie Braidich, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "By something as simple as donating wireless phones that are no longer used, the Grizzlies fans are helping make a difference in an epidemic that affects one in three American women during their lifetime."

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 more 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 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 survivors 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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