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Washington Recycles Nearly 35,000 Mobile Phones In 2008 Through Verizon Wireless' HopeLine Program

BELLEVUE, WA — Consumers and businesses in Washington donated 34,750 old and no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories last year to Verizon Wireless’ long-running HopeLine® phone recycling and reuse program.

Through HopeLine, Verizon Wireless collects no-longer used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any wireless service provider and puts the nation’s most reliable wireless network to work in communities the company serves by turning these unused wireless phones into support for victims of domestic violence.

Support for Washington FamiliesThanks to the phones and accessories collected through HopeLine, last year Verizon Wireless provided 737 wireless phones with more than 2 million minutes of service (estimated value $221,000) to shelters and domestic violence agencies throughout the state of Washington to help victims and survivors rebuild their lives.

In addition, Verizon Wireless awarded $91,684 in cash grants to 19 Washington domestic violence agencies.

The grants awarded in 2008 include:

  • New Beginnings, Seattle
  • Family Renewal Shelter, Tacoma
  • International Rescue – Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network, Seattle
  • Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Seattle
  • Domestic Violence Services, Benton/Franklin Counties, Kennewick
  • Womencare Shelter, Bellingham
  • Ferry County Counseling Services, Republic
  • Eastside Domestic Violence Program, Bellevue
  • YWCA Pierce County, Tacoma
  • YWCA Spokane
  • Our Sister’s House, Tacoma
  • DV & Special Assault Services of Whatcom County, Bellingham
  • Safe Place, Olympia
  • Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, Tacoma
  • Consejo Counseling & Referral Service, Seattle
  • Korean Women’s Association, Tacoma
  • Jennifer Beach Foundation, Seattle
  • YWCA Clark County, Vancouver

Verizon Wireless also conducts HopeLine phone collections at home games with the Seattle Mariners.

An Ongoing Commitment to Curbing AbuseSince 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 5.6 million phones and awarded more than $6.3 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country. Verizon Wireless has also donated more than 76,000 HopeLine phones with 228 million minutes of airtime to victims, survivors and domestic violence organizations.

The HopeLine program also includes #HOPE, which can be dialed from any Verizon Wireless handset to immediately connect to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The hotline provides professional support and referrals to people involved in domestic violence, as well as those who want to help friends and family. The call to #HOPE is toll-and airtime-free.

How You Can HelpNo-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider are accepted in Verizon Wireless’ 2,500 Communications Stores nationwide. For more information on Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program and to learn how to donate a wireless phone, visit

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 80 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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