Bell Atlantic Mobile Reaffirms Its Commitment To Fight Domestic Violence; Will Increase Support in 1998 to $100,000
February 23, 1998
>CTIA WIRELESS '98, ATLANTA -- Bell
Atlantic Mobile, a corporate leader
in the fight against domestic violence, today announced it has
earmarked $100,000 to help victims by providing wireless technology
Specifically, the company has pledged to increase the reach of
HopeLine, its free voice mail service for residents of domestic
violence and transitional shelters, by partnering with government
agencies to establish statewide programs. HopeLine gives individuals
who do not have access to a personal phone line a single point of
contact for communicating with prospective employers and landlords,
child and health care providers and family members. Also in 1998, the
company will increase the number of phones, voice mail boxes and
airtime that it donates to community organizations. This commitment
continues the company's tradition of leveraging its wireless
technology to help address society's most vexing problems.
Also today, Bell Atlantic Mobile announced a pledge of $10,000 to the
Family Violence Prevention Fund. The Fund is one of the nation's
leading organizations working to improve the health, judicial and
public policy responses to domestic violence. It also runs the
nation's only public education campaign promoting prevention and
intervention, "There's No Excuse For Domestic Violence."
In 1997, Bell Atlantic Mobile donated more than 1,500 phones and 250
voice mail boxes, valued at $57,000, to programs helping victims of
domestic violence. In addition, the company was instrumental last
year in helping to establish programs in Massachusetts, Connecticut
and Delaware that make HopeLine available to residents in all domestic
violence and transitional shelters throughout the state. As a result
of these efforts, Denny Strigl, Bell Atlantic Mobile president and
CEO, was invited to play a prominent role at an October 1997 White
House event recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
"Over the past few years, Bell Atlantic Mobile has become a recognized
advocate for supporting domestic violence victims -- financially
through the FVPF and with technology solutions that have had a
tremendous impact on the community," stated Esta Soler, executive
director of the Family Violence Prevention Fund. "Through this
continued commitment, Denny Strigl has set a strong example to other
members of the corporate community of recognizing
the importance of philanthropic dedication."
"Domestic violence is an epidemic that is profoundly affecting our
communities and our workplaces, and it's getting worse over time,"
stated Strigl. "We plan to continue leveraging our wireless
technology to make HopeLine widely available throughout our
Maine-to-Georgia service area. In addition, we elected to make a
donation to the Family Violence Prevention Fund in an effort to
improve the quality of life of our customers, our neighbors and our
employees who are in domestic violence situations."
Since its inception in July 1995, Bell Atlantic Mobile has dedicated
significant resources to assisting victims of domestic violence. Its
HopeLine initiative provided more than 4,400 individuals - primarily
homeless and victims of domestic violence -- with free voice mail
service during 1997. Of these, more than 860 retained permanent
living quarters and more than 600 secured employment using HopeLine.
Another 175 used the service for resolving health care issues.
Note to Editors: Bell Atlantic Mobile is the largest wireless service
provider on the East Coast and the second largest in the United States.
The company owns and operates the most extensive network in the East,
covering 111,000 square miles, and the largest chain of wireless retail
outlets offering a full range of wireless personal communications
services, including voice, data and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ,
Bell Atlantic Mobile has more than 5 million customers and 7,000
employees in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and -- through a
separate subsidiary -- the Southwest. Through its "Wireless at Work"
community relations program, which includes HopeLine voice mail service,
Bell Atlantic Mobile uses its wireless technology to help individuals
and communities improve security and emergency communications.