Tennessee Community Organizations Receive Over $150,000 From Verizon Wireless In 2005

NASHVILLE, TN — Verizon Wireless, the nation's most reliable wireless network, donated $156,300 in cash and services to over 20 Tennessee community organizations in 2005. Contributions from the company's HopeLine® program funded organizations and events aimed at putting an end to domestic violence and child abuse.

"At Verizon Wireless, we have a commitment and responsibility to our communities to help stop violence and abuse," said Jerry Fountain, President, Verizon Wireless Carolinas/Tennessee Region. "We invest in and partner with organizations that focus on domestic violence solutions in an effort to eliminate this national epidemic. Through our contributions, Verizon Wireless tries to make Tennessee a safer place for all its residents."

Tennesseans also generously donated 16,726 no-longer-used wireless phones to Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program in 2005. Phones donated to HopeLine are refurbished or recycled, with proceeds going to support domestic violence awareness and prevention. The company also donates phones and service to shelters for use by individual victims.

One domestic violence agency worker said, "Most victims live in fear and this phone provides them with security at their fingertips. To be able to provide them with a HopeLine phone for safety and also to start rebuilding their lives is a life-altering service..."

Sampling of Tennessee Organizations Who Received Support from Verizon Wireless in 2005:

  • CEASE Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Morristown

  • Child Advocacy Center of the Third Judicial District

  • Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center, Jackson

  • Exchange Club Family Center, Nashville

  • HomeSafe of Lebanon

  • Hope House, Columbia

  • Knoxville Family Justice Center

  • HomeSafe, Nashville

  • Legal Aid of East Tennessee

  • Nashville Rescue Mission

  • Red Cross of Kingsport

  • Red Cross of Murfreesboro

  • Safe Space, Sevierville

  • TEMA Nashville

  • Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic Violence

  • Women are Safe, Hickman County

  • YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee

For additional information, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 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 HopeLine Verizon Wireless, a recognized corporate leader in the fight against domestic violence, works to combat domestic violence and raise awareness of the issue through the company's HopeLine program. HopeLine collects wireless phones and accessories from any wireless service provider, and then refurbishes the phones or recycles them in an environmentally friendly way. Proceeds from the HopeLine program benefit victims of domestic violence and non-profit advocacy agencies, providing essential communication tools of wireless phones and wireless services, and financial grants. Phone donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.