Terminix Donates 400 Phones To Verizon Wirleless' HopeLine® Domestic Violence Prevention Program in North Carolina

FAYETEVILLE, NC — Terminix Company of North Carolina, a franchisee of the nation's largest pest control provider, has contributed 400 phones to Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program. This charitable donation from Terminix, a new business customer of Verizon Wireless in Fayetteville, will support the local Fayetteville community and domestic violence victims.

"When we came on board as a business customer for Verizon Wireless, we learned that our old cell phones could be donated to HopeLine, and serve as a lifeline for domestic violence victims in our community," comments Gene Parker, Financial Analyst for Terminx. "This donation is a win for Terminix, Verizon Wireless and the Fayetteville community."

Verizon Wireless' long-standing HopeLine program puts the nation's most reliable wireless network to work by turning no longer used wireless phones and phone accessories into support for individuals who have experienced unhealthy relationships.

The entire Fayetteville community can join Terminix and Verizon Wireless to help make a difference by donating their no-longer-used wireless phones and phone accessories to HopeLine. For survivors of domestic violence, a wireless phone can be a vital link to emergency or support services in a time of crisis or a reliable, safe connection to employers, family and friends. HopeLine accepts no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any service provider. Proceeds from the HopeLine program are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.

Since the October 2001 launch of Verizon Wireless' national recycling program, the company has collected more than 5.6 million phones, preventing those phones from being deposited in landfills. HopeLine has also distributed more than 76,000 phones with more than 228 million minutes of free wireless service to victims of domestic violence and awarded cash grants of more than $6.3 million to organizations working to prevent and end domestic violence.

For additional information on Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program and store locations, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 86.6 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 86,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. 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 www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

About Terminix Terminix, a division of the ServiceMaster Company, is the nation's largest pest control provider. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., Terminix services more than 3 million customers in 46 states and 14 countries. Terminix provides pest control services and protection against termites, rodents and other pests threatening human health and/or safety. To learn more about Terminix visit their Web site at www.terminix.com.