Knights Of Columbus Donate 369 Phones To Launch Verizon Wireless HopeLine<font size="3"><sup>SM</sup></font> Recycling Program Aiding Harford County Maryland Victims of Domestic Violence

BEL AIR, MD — The Maryland Knights of Columbus donated 369 used wireless phones today to help launch the Verizon Wireless HopeLineSM phone recycling program in Harford County, at the company's Communications Store in Bel Air. All phones collected will be refurbished, recycled or sold, and either phones or cash will be donated to local domestic violence agencies, like the Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center, Inc. (SARC), and the victims of domestic violence it serves.

The phones were collected by members of the Father Maurice J. Wolfe Council (11372) of the Knights of Columbus between January and March 2002.

In addition to naming SARC as a local beneficiary of the HopeLine phone recycling program, Verizon Wireless also donated six wireless voicemail boxes to the non-profit domestic violence prevention group. The voicemail boxes will provide SARC clients with a confidential means to receive and retrieve messages from prospective employers and landlords as they rebuild their lives.

To ensure the Hopeline program can serve as many victims as possible, the public is being encouraged to join the effort by dropping off no longer used wireless phones in the HopeLine collection bin at the Bel Air Verizon Wireless Communications Store, located at 2 Bel Air South Parkway. Phone donations are accepted during regular business hours (Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, Saturdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sundays 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm). All donations are tax deductible and receipts are provided.

"We want to thank Grand Knight Frank J. Tumminello and the Father Wolfe Council of the Maryland Knights of Columbus for helping launch HopeLine in Harford County in a very meaningful way," said Robert Milton, director of Communications Stores for Verizon Wireless in the Washington/ Baltimore/Virginia Region. "We are also pleased today to welcome SARC as a HopeLine partner and look forward to working together to help victims of domestic violence."

An exclusive Verizon Wireless program, HopeLine collects wireless phones that are no longer in use. The proceeds are used to support domestic violence prevention groups in various ways including through the purchase and donation of voicemail boxes, new phones and airtime for emergency use by domestic violence victims.

"As a company, Verizon Wireless is committed to helping prevent domestic violence and abuse," said Kelly Maul, manager, Bel Air Verizon Wireless Communications Store. "The HopeLine program enables us to put our products and services to work to combat domestic violence and provides a convenient means for people to recycle used wireless phones to benefit victims in Harford County."

About SARC

Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center, Inc., works to end domestic and sexual violence, to aid its victims and to create a society free from abuse and fear. Last year, SARC served more than 2500 individuals in Harford County.

About the Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a lay Catholic family fraternal service organization. One of the primary missions of the Knights of Columbus is to support local charities. As part of their commitment to community service, the Maryland Knights of Columbus initiated a used wireless phone collection project. Among the 134 councils statewide, the Father Maurice J. Wolfe Council (11372) collected the largest quantity of phones, a total of 350, which they donated to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program to help with domestic violence prevention.

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

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