Domestic Violence Prevention Groups Nationwide Benefit From Verizon Wireless' HopeLine Phone Recycling Program

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Wireless customers were in the giving spirit throughout 2006, donating 910,000 no-longer-used wireless phones to Verizon Wireless' HopeLine® phone recycling program to support domestic violence prevention and awareness programs nationwide. The phone collections resulted in nearly $1.3 million in cash grants and more than 16,000 HopeLine phones with airtime and other features given to shelters and other organizations working to support victims of domestic violence last year.

Verizon Wireless' mission is to provide reliable wireless service to its customers, and through the HopeLine program, the company extends this reliable communication option to people who need it desperately — victims of domestic violence. Since October 2001, when Verizon Wireless launched its national recycling program, HopeLine has collected more than 3.5 million phones. The program has properly disposed of more than 700,000 in an environmentally sound way, and refurbished the remaining for resale and reuse. Over the past five years, Verizon Wireless has also distributed more than $3 million in cash grants and nearly 40,000 phones to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs across the country.

Verizon Wireless is a recognized corporate leader for its commitment to preventing domestic violence and raising awareness of the issue. No-longer-used phones are collected in more than 2,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For more information on Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program and on how to donate a wireless phone, visit  

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