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Verizon Wireless Encourages Vermonters to Recycle Phones in Support of Domestic Violence Shelters

Verizon Wireless Encourages Vermonters to Recycle Phones in Support of Domestic Violence Shelters

BURLINGTON and RUTLAND, Va., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today, Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in Burlington and Rutland are collecting no-longer-used wireless phones for the company's HopeLine(R) phone recycling program in support of regional domestic violence prevention and awareness programs.

For every wireless phone recycled through either the Burlington or Rutland store before May 31st, Verizon Wireless will donate $5 per phone, up to $1,000, to each of two local shelters:

-- Women Helping Battered Women in Burlington -- Rutland County Women's Network and Shelter

"We are proud of our long-standing commitment of supporting organizations that work with domestic violence survivors," said Ken Dixon, New England Region president, Verizon Wireless. "Most people have at least one phone sitting in a drawer somewhere. Whether motivated by Earth Day or spring cleaning, we encourage everyone to recycle their handsets to help survivors begin the life rebuilding process."

The Verizon Wireless HopeLine program collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider at Communications Stores nationwide. Phones that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. Proceeds from the HopeLine program are used to provide wireless phones, airtime and cash grants to local shelters and non- profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.

Throughout 2006, wireless customers in New England donated over 60,000 no- longer-used wireless phones to Verizon Wireless' HopeLine(R) phone recycling program to support domestic violence prevention and awareness programs. As a result of these donations, more than $80,000, and 500 wireless phones, with airtime and other features were donated to 50 local agencies throughout New England.

Verizon Wireless is a recognized corporate leader for its commitment to preventing domestic violence and raising awareness of the issue. For more information on Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program and on how to donate a wireless phone, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline .

Verizon Wireless Communications Stores for phone drop-offs: 825 Williston Road (Staples Plaza) in Burlington 324B US 7 South (Green Mountain Plaza) in Town of Rutland About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 59 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, NJ, with 65,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at http://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 http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia .

Verizon Wireless

CONTACT: Michael Murphy +1-781-932-1213; or Marcia Simon,
+1-860-399-0191, both of Verizon Wireless

Web site: http://www.verizonwireless.com/

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