Recycle Cell Phones At Verizon Wireless Communications Stores In New York And New Jersey

ORANGEBURG, NY — Wondering what to do with those no longer used wireless phones cluttering closets and desk drawers at home or in the office? Drop them off at a Verizon Wireless Communications Store and help fight domestic violence through the company's new HopeLineSM Phone Recycling Program launched today in the New York Metro area. All phones collected will be refurbished, recycled or sold, and either phones or cash, will be donated to local non-profit domestic violence agencies. All wireless phone models from any carrier will be accepted.

To kick off the new community service initiative, Verizon Wireless will partner with three local women's shelters and host recycling drives for their benefit at a company Communications Store in the shelter's area. In New York, My Sisters' Place in Westchester County and the Rockland Family Shelter in Rockland County will benefit from wireless phones collected at the company stores in the Westchester Mall and at 212 West Rt. 59 in Nanuet. In New Jersey, a drive to benefit Safe House in Essex County will be held at the Jersey Gardens Mall store in Elizabeth. The drives will begin today and run through April 30, 2002.

For every old wireless phone collected during the month of April at the Westchester Mall, Nanuet and Jersey Gardens Mall stores, Verizon Wireless will donate $5 to the corresponding shelters. If a donor signs a new wireless service agreement or a renewal, the company will contribute an additional $5 with a total contribution not to exceed $2,500 per organization. Tax-deductible receipts will be available for donors' records.

"The HopeLine Phone Recycling program is an easy way for community-minded citizens to support local domestic violence organizations as they help abused women re-build their lives," said Charles Hand, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro Region. "Domestic violence does not discriminate. It's all around us in places most of us would never imagine. Citizens who support the program could very well be helping their own friends or neighbors."

Hand said additional drives will be held in the coming months throughout the NY Metro Region to support other community-based organizations dedicated to fighting domestic violence.

In addition, corporations may participate in the HopeLine Recycling Program when they upgrade to new wireless technology. For more information, call 845-429-3839.

Domestic violence prevention and education is Verizon Wireless' chief community focus. Since 1995, the company has donated or recycled nearly 50,000 wireless phones in the New York Metro area through human services and law enforcement agencies.

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