Monmouth County, New Jersey, Residents Urged To Recycle Cell Phones To Aid Victims Of Domestic Violence

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Wondering what to do with those no-longer-used wireless phones cluttering closets and desk drawers at home or in the office? Drop them off at the new Verizon Wireless Communications Store located in Ocean Plaza, 1104 Highway 35 South in Ocean Township through Labor Day and help 180 Turning Lives Around, provide life-saving services to victims of domestic violence and their families. All phones collected will be recycled or sold through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® Phone Recycling Program and a donation will be made to 180 Turning Lives Around. All wireless phone models from any carrier will be accepted.

To celebrate the grand opening of the Ocean Plaza store, Verizon Wireless will donate $5 to 180 Turning Lives Around, with a total contribution not to exceed $1,000, for each phone collected at its six Monmouth County Communications Stores throughout the summer. Grand opening activities will begin with a welcome reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 17, 2006 and conclude with a special guest appearance of Mets' player Cliff Floyd, on Friday, July 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m..

"Many of us have old cell phones, or know of people with obsolete phones, collecting dust in closets and cabinets," said Mayor William Larkin. "Each phone donated to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine Program will generate much-needed support for local victims of domestic violence. We applaud Verizon Wireless and hope our community responds to this great program."

In addition to the successful phone-recycling program, HopeLine includes free wireless 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.

"HopeLine recycling is an easy way for community-minded citizens to support local domestic violence organizations as they work to transform women from victims to survivors," said Charles Hand, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro Region. "Domestic violence does not discriminate. It's all around us in places most of us would never imagine. Citizens who support the program could very well be helping their own friends and neighbors."

Verizon Wireless is a recognized corporate leader for its commitment to preventing domestic violence and raising awareness of the issue. Since 2001, consumers have donated more than 2.5 million used wireless phones to benefit domestic violence survivors and advocacy groups, including nearly 100,000 wireless handsets in the New York Metro area.

During the past three years, using funds generated by the HopeLine program, Verizon Wireless' New York Metro Region awarded nine HopeLine grants totaling $90,000 to domestic violence prevention groups to fund new or expanded programs.

HopeLine phone donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores including the following stores in Monmouth County: 3710 Route 9 South in Freehold, 2996 Route 35 South in Hazlet, 55 Route 9 South in Manalapan, 4821 US Highway 9 in Howell, and 310 Route 36 in West Long Branch. For additional information, visit

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