Verizon Wireless Phones Help Protect Domestic Violence Victims in Montgomery County, Maryland

LAUREL, MD — Continuing its commitment to domestic violence prevention and awareness, Verizon Wireless today donated two additional wireless phones to Montgomery County's Abused Persons Program, a county government domestic violence agency that serves victims and their families. The donation follows an earlier contribution of four Verizon Wireless phones to the agency, which lends phones to victims at risk so they can access immediate help in an emergency.

The donation was made today at the Verizon Wireless Communications Store in Rockville where representatives of Montgomery County's Abused Person's Program donated 100 no-longer-used wireless phones they have collected to be recycled through HopeLinesm.

The company's HopeLine wireless phone recycling program collects no-longer-used wireless phones to be refurbished, recycled or sold; proceeds are donated to domestic violence advocacy groups or used to purchase wireless phones with airtime for emergency use by victims. Since 2001, Verizon Wireless has collected more than two million wireless phones to benefit domestic violence victims.

"Women who've been victims of domestic violence feel less vulnerable when they carry a wireless phone," said Vivian Levi, victim assistant coordinator of the Montgomery County Abused Person's Program. "The phone is one of their only safety nets and it allows them to go about their day-to-day lives with less fear. They can go to work and take their children to school knowing that if their abuser appears, they can call for help."

"We're pleased to be working with Montgomery County to help provide an emergency communications lifeline to victims of domestic violence," said Nick Kalish, assistant manager of the Verizon Wireless Communications Store in Rockville. "We encourage everyone with a no-longer-used wireless phone to stop by one of our stores and drop their phone off for recycling through HopeLine."

The Rockville Verizon Wireless Communications Store, located at 1701 A Rockville Pike, accepts donations of wireless phones (any model, from any wireless carrier) and accessories in any condition for the HopeLine program. Phones can be dropped off for recycling during regular store hours (Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Sundays from 12:00 to 6:00 pm) or at any of the 1,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 40 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. To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.thenewsmarket.com/verizonwireless.  

About Montgomery County's Abused Person's ProgramPart of Montgomery County's Department of Health and Human Services, the Abused Person's Program provides crisis and ongoing counseling, shelter, support and advocacy services to victims of partner-related domestic abuse and their families. The program also offers 24-hour telephone and walk-in counseling, information and referral, 24-hour shelter for victims of domestic violence and their dependent children, individual counseling, education and support groups and victim assistance with the legal system and other county agencies.

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