Verizon Wireless Makes Donation To Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center in Kentucky

PADUCAH, KY — Verizon Wireless is donating $1,000 to the Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center in Kentucky, one of 29 equal donations to domestic violence organizations in the communities across the Kentucky/Indiana/Michigan Region where Verizon Wireless employees live and work. Organizations in Louisville, Lexington and Owensboro, Kentucky, and Clarksville, Indiana, are among those receiving donations.

"Because of our employees' high level of commitment to their jobs, Verizon Wireless reported outstanding results for 2005, including having the most loyal customers within the wireless industry," said Greg Haller, president of Verizon Wireless' Kentucky/Indiana/ Michigan Region. "We celebrate their success and honor their dedication through these gifts to organizations that, like Verizon Wireless, are working to make their communities better places."

The $29,000 in donations to 29 domestic violence organizations is above and beyond the normal contributions earmarked by the Kentucky/Indiana/Michigan Region for community giving in 2006. Domestic violence and other family safety organizations seeking funding can email for more information on how to apply for a grant.

In 2005, Verizon Wireless donated $268,000 and hundreds of handsets with free airtime to domestic violence organizations in Kentucky and Clarksville, Indiana. The 2005 contributions included a special $250,000 gift to the Center for Research on Violence Against Women at the University of Kentucky. That gift is the largest amount ever pledged by Verizon Wireless to a single organization to support domestic violence prevention and awareness. It is being used by the University's Center to establish and endow a professorship of studies on violence against women.

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, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at 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