Women Aware In New Jersey Receives Donation From Verizon Wireless

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — Women Aware, the only agency in Middlesex County providing comprehensive services for all victims of domestic violence and shelter for battered women and children, this week received a $2,500 donation from Verizon Wireless.

Continuing its commitment to domestic violence prevention and awareness, the company's donation was made possible through its HopeLine® Phone Recycling Program. No-longer-used wireless phones, collected at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores throughout the New York Metro area, are refurbished, recycled or sold and the proceeds are donated to domestic violence advocacy groups or used to purchase new phones for victims. Phones that cannot be refurbished are disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

"This donation is the result of neighbors helping neighbors," said Charles Hand, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro Region. "Middlesex County residents and corporations have recognized the devastating impact that domestic violence can have on families and have responded by donating their old cell phones and chargers to this very worthy cause. We thank them for their generosity and encourage them to keep domestic violence survivors in their hearts and minds."

In addition to providing safe housing for women and children, Women Aware has a 24-hour hotline for victims of abusive relationships and provides counseling, job search assistance, housing assistance and transportation. In 2004, 96 women and 85 children received shelter, 6,334 hotline calls were handled and the Women Aware outreach center assisted and counseled 2,447 women in filing complaints, obtaining restraining orders and court preparation.

Domestic violence prevention and education is Verizon Wireless' chief community focus. Verizon Wireless created its HopeLine program 10 years ago to put the company's wireless products and services to work to help victims of domestic violence enhance their safety. In addition to a successful phone recycling program, HopeLine includes free phones, service and voice mailboxes for victims; community and corporate awareness initiatives; and a bilingual "Invest In Yourself" program designed to help survivors re-enter the workforce. For additional information, visit the HopeLine Web site at www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 45.5 million voice and data 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 preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About HopeLine2005 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, which puts wireless products and services to work to combat domestic violence. Today, HopeLine collects wireless phones and accessories from any wireless carrier and refurbishes or recycles them with proceeds benefiting victims of domestic violence. The environmentally friendly HopeLine Program also provides victims with essential communication tools — wireless phones and wireless services, including voicemail and pre-paid wireless minutes. Donations are accepted at all 1, 900-plus Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.