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Verizon Wireless Awards $10,000 HopeLine Grant To Catholic Charities Of Onondaga County, New York

• Grant will be used to refurbish bedrooms at Dorothy Day House
• One of $90,000 in grants being awarded across Upstate New York
• HopeLine from Verizon program marks its 15th year in 2010

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October 27, 2010

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SYRACUSE, NY — Verizon Wireless has awarded a $10,000 grant from the company’s HopeLine® from Verizon program to Catholic Charities of Onondaga County. The grant will be used to refurbish 10 bedrooms at Dorothy Day House, the organization's women's shelter in Syracuse. This grant is part of $90,000 in grants being awarded across Upstate New York in commemoration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Lynn Zimmerman, district manager for Verizon Wireless, will present the grant on the company’s behalf to Michael Melara, executive director of Catholic Charities of Onondaga County on Friday, October 29th at 10:00 AM. The check presentation will take place at the Verizon Wireless Communications Store located at 3433 Erie Blvd. East in Dewitt.

“Dorothy Day House provides a critical service to the community, giving women and their children shelter when they may have nowhere else to turn,” said Russ Preite, president of Verizon Wireless’ Upstate New York Region. “Contributing to the safety and peace of mind for those most in need is what our HopeLine program is all about and we’re pleased to support Catholic Charities of Onondaga County as they continue to make a positive difference in our community.”

Verizon Wireless, a recognized corporate leader in the fight against domestic violence, works to combat domestic violence and raise awareness of the issue through the company’s HopeLine program.

Marking its 15th year in 2010, HopeLine today collects wireless phones and accessories from any wireless service provider, and then refurbishes the phones or recycles them in an environmentally friendly way. Proceeds from the HopeLine program benefit victims of domestic violence and non-profit advocacy agencies, providing essential communication tools of wireless phones and wireless services, and financial grants. Phone donations are accepted at all 1,200-plus Verizon Wireless Stores across the country. For additional information, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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