News Release

Verizon Wireless Ranks Passaic County, New York, Residents #1

Positive Response to Company's HopeLine Wireless Phone Recycling Program Benefits Domestic Violence Survivors in New Jersey

August 9, 2007

David Samberg
845-365-7212Melinda McLoughlin  

MORRISTOWN, NY — Passaic County residents donated nearly 600 no-longer-used wireless phones to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® phone recycling program during the first half of this year, earning the county the title of "Number One HopeLine Recycler in New Jersey." Leading the pack were residents who made their donations at the Verizon Wireless Communications Store at 548 Route 46 East in Totowa.

A total of more than 21,000 phones were donated at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the New York Metro area last year and more than 910,000 at locations across the country.

A recognized corporate leader for its commitment to preventing domestic violence and raising awareness of the issue, Verizon Wireless was the first wireless carrier in the nation to collect and recycle old cellphones and has done so since January 1999 — first in New Jersey and then across the U.S. The wireless equipment is refurbished or recycled in an environmentally sound manner and the proceeds benefit domestic violence survivors.

"New wireless phones are introduced almost every day and studies show that consumers upgrade and replace their phones about every 18 months," said Charles Hand, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro region. "By donating their old wireless phones and accessories to Verizon Wireless HopeLine, New Jersey residents are making a difference in the lives of women and children who may very well be their own friends and neighbors. No offense shakes individual security more than violence in the home."

Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program has collected more than 3.5 million wireless phones, and has given more than $3 million in cash grants and nearly 400,000 phones to domestic violence prevention organizations. Local HopeLine grants include $5,000 recently donated to two Passaic County organizations — Strengthen Our Sisters, a shelter and supportive service program for homeless, battered women and their dependent children; and WAFA House (Women Against Family Abuse), a privately run domestic violence crisis center based in Paterson that caters primarily to the needs of women of South Asian, Arabic and/or Muslim descent.

In addition to a successful phone recycling program and funding for non-profit domestic violence organizations, HopeLine includes free wireless service and voice mailboxes for survivors, community and corporate awareness initiatives, and a bilingual "Invest In Yourself" program designed to help survivors re-enter the workforce.

Donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the New York Metro area and throughout the county. For store locations and additional information, visit

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