Verizon Wireless Ranks Westchester, New York, Residents #1

ORANGEBURG, NY — Westchester County residents donated nearly 700 no-longer-used wireless phones to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® phone recycling program during the first half of this year at the Verizon Wireless Communications Store at 355 Central Avenue in Hartsdale, earning the county the title of "Number One HopeLine Recycler" in the New York Metro region.

A total of nearly 21,000 phones were donated at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the New York Metro area last year and more than 910,000 at locations across the country.

A recognized corporate leader for its commitment to preventing domestic violence and raising awareness of the issue, Verizon Wireless was the first wireless carrier in the nation to collect and recycle old cellphones and has done so since January 1999 — first in New York and then across the U.S. The wireless equipment is refurbished or recycled in an environmentally sound manner and the proceeds benefit domestic violence survivors. In 2005, the company teamed up with Westchester County to expand the program to include drop-off locations at Westchester's town halls, libraries, fire houses, and County office buildings.

"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."

Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program has collected more than 3.5 million wireless phones, and given more than $3 million in cash grants and nearly 400,000 phones to domestic violence prevention organizations. Local HopeLine donations include over $10,000 in cash grants and 155 wireless phones with airtime to Westchester domestic violence organizations in just the past two years.

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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