Verizon Wireless Ranks Manhattan, New York Residents #1

ORANGEBURG, NY — Manhattan residents and commuters donated nearly 2,500 no-longer-used wireless phones to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® phone recycling program so far this year earning the borough the title of 'Number One HopeLine Recycler' in New York. Leading the borough were residents who made their donations at the Verizon Wireless Communications Store on 86th Street on the Upper East Side.

In addition to helping to protect the environment, donating wireless phones can provide a lifeline to people in need. 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 wireless phones for domestic violence survivors. Phones that cannot be refurbished are disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

"New wireless phones are introduced almost every day and studies show that consumers upgrade and replace their phones about every 18 months," said Charles Hand, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro Region. "By donating their old wireless phones and accessories to Verizon Wireless HopeLine, New Yorkers are making a difference in the lives of women and children who may very well be their own friends and neighbors. No offense shakes individual security more than violence in the home."

Since 1999, consumers have donated nearly 3 million used wireless phones to benefit domestic violence survivors and advocacy groups, including more than 150,000 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. New York City HopeLine Grant recipients include the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families and the Children's Aid Society. Money generated by HopeLine recycling also funded the company's $100,000 donation to the New York City Family Justice Center in Brooklyn.

In addition to a successful phone recycling program and funding for non-profit domestic violence organizations, HopeLine includes free wireless service and voice mailboxes for survivors, community and corporate awareness initiatives, and a bilingual "Invest In Yourself" program designed to help survivors re-enter the workforce.

Donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the New York Metro area and throughout the county. For store locations and additional information, visit

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