Wireless Phones Donated To Women's Crisis Services

Wireless Phones Donated To Women's Crisis Services

Verizon Wireless And Hunterdon County Residents Team Up To Recycle Old Phones And Help Women At Risk

February 14, 2002




Women's Crisis Services, Hunterdon County's assistance center for domestic violence victims, today accepted 10 wireless phones from Verizon Wireless to provide a vital communications link for women who need to summon help in an emergency. The donation is part of the company's HopeLineSM recycling program launched last year. Hunterdon County residents were among the first in the nation to participate in the new community service program.

During the month of November, area residents were asked to bring their no-longer-used wireless phones to Verizon Wireless' Clinton store. The phones were then shipped to a national collection center where they were refurbished, recycled or sold. Proceeds from the collection were used to provide the 10 wireless phones and service to Women's Crisis Services.

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. This program is an easy way for local residents to join us and show their support."

Women's Crisis Services will loan the phones to local women on a rotating, priority-needs basis. In addition to providing potentially life-saving communications, the phones will give women peace of mind to go about their daily lives knowing help can be summoned in an instant. All phones are pre-programmed to speed dial 911 and the Women's Crisis Services' 24-hour hotline.

"Although it's called 'domestic' violence, spousal or family abuse can occur any time and anywhere," said Nancy Connor, director of Women's Crisis Services. "The Verizon Wireless phones will enable domestic violence victims to summon help in an emergency no matter where they are - at home, in a car or at the office."

Since 1995, the company has donated or recycled nearly 50,000 phones in the New York Metro area.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the leading wireless communications provider in the U.S., with the largest wireless network and more than 29.4 million customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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