Shelter Our Sisters Receives Wireless Voicemail Service From Verizon Wireless

Shelter Our Sisters Receives Wireless Voicemail Service From Verizon Wireless

HopeLine Provides Vital Communications Link For Victims of Domestic Violence

June 4, 2002



To help Bergen County victims of domestic violence, Verizon Wireless today donated 10 HopeLineSM voice mailboxes to Shelter Our Sisters. Provided at no charge, HopeLine wireless voice mailboxes offer shelter residents a vital link to the outside world which acts as a building block to a productive, more secure future.

The wireless voice mailbox service acts like an answering machine and allows victims to receive personal messages about interviews, appointments and other important matters. With HopeLine voicemail, women can leave a callback number that protects their privacy. Victims who are still living in their own homes with the abusers also may use HopeLine voicemail as a secure means of communicating without their abuser's knowledge.

Charles Hand, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro Region, said domestic violence prevention and education is the company's chief community focus. "These women are survivors from every walk of life who deserve all the support and assistance we can give them. At Verizon Wireless, we continue to be humbled by their strength and proud to provide them with resources that can help them rebuild their lives."

Since its inception in 1995, the HopeLine community service program has allowed Verizon Wireless to give back to the community by bringing its wireless products and services to various groups in need throughout the company's service area. Verizon Wireless has provided over 30 agencies with voice mailboxes, and donated or recycled nearly 50,000 phones in the New York metro area.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 30 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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