Verizon Wireless Donates $5,000 To Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Verizon Wireless Donates $5,000 To Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

America's #1 Wireless Service Carrier Continues Commitment to
Help Victims of Domestic Violence Through Its HopeLine Program

October 9, 2002


Verizon Wireless, a recognized leader for its domestic violence awareness and prevention initiatives, has awarded a $5,500 grant to the Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a statewide coalition of domestic violence programs aimed at ensuring the safety and protection of battered women. The grant, which was awarded last Friday at a Domestic Violence Awareness Proclamation hosted by the Oahu Domestic Violence Task Force, is part of Verizon Wireless' HopeLineSM program, an ongoing nationwide initiative that supports efforts of agencies to aid victims in rebuilding their lives.

As a result of HopeLine, and the company's predecessor phone recycling programs, Verizon Wireless has collected more than 500,000 used wireless phones to benefit domestic violence victims and advocacy groups since 1995. Today, Verizon Wireless stores throughout the country, including the company's Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Big Island retail locations, welcome donations of no longer used wireless phones, year-round.

Verizon Wireless refurbishes, recycles and/or sells collected phones for parts, using the proceeds to provide grants and phones to domestic violence shelters to aid victims. The company also donates voice mailboxes to shelters so women have a discreet way to receive messages from potential landlords, employers and family members.

The Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence will use Verizon Wireless' HopeLine grant to develop promotional materials aimed at increasing community awareness about domestic violence throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The program materials will be distributed by domestic violence service provider agencies in their communities, as a part of the Coalition's Domestic Violence Prevention and Education Campaign.

"Verizon Wireless recognizes the importance of helping to support organizations that serve victims of family violence," said Mark Yamauchi, director of business sales for Verizon Wireless - Hawaii. "That is why we are pleased to recognize the leadership of the Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and award a $5,500 HopeLine grant to the Coalition to expand the impact of their programs."

Verizon Wireless encourages customers who are upgrading their wireless phones, or changing carriers, to participate in its exclusive HopeLine phone-recycling program. Phones that are scrapped are disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. For additional information, customers may also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

About the Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a private, not-for-profit organization, which has been in existence since 1980. As a statewide coalition of domestic violence programs, the organization's mission is to ensure the safety and protection of battered women in intimate relationships by coordinating domestic violence prevention and intervention services, affecting public policy, and establishing coordinated and consistent procedures and actions by the civil and criminal justice systems in Hawaii. The Coalition is the coordinating agency for victim services activities and provides collaboration and coordination with federal, state, and local entities engaged in stopping violence against women.

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 30.3 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 www.verizonwireless.com.

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