Enriching lives thru the Power of Social Media

Ah, the Twitter…

A place to connect, to find links to interesting topics and people.

A place to be completely random and ridiculous in 140 characters or less.

Which is exactly what I was doing on Tuesday evening after the release of Apple’s newest form of electronic crack, the iPhone 4S, when I tweeted:

I was really just being a smart ass. Just another service I offer on a daily basis. But then something unexpected happened. Someone suggested a much better alternative to throwing my abandoned phones into my overflowing junk drawer:

Sandra later sent me a link to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence, who have a program which can put your old phone to good use:

NCADV is recycling cell phones to:
• Fund programming that empowers victims of domestic violence and helps them remain free from abuse
• Support legislation aimed at ending domestic violence
• Give support and resources to organizations across the US working to stop violence in the home

How It Works:
• Roughly 60 percent of cell phones will be refurbished and resold
• The revenue generated from the sale of refurbished phones will be used to support NCADV programs that help end violence in the home
• The remaining cell phones are recycled according to the highest environmental standards

My discarded phones (and yours) can be put to much better use than just taking up space in a junk drawer. They could save a life. I don’t know about you, but that’s worth giving up an overpriced coffee beverage for a day to pay for postage.

Still on the fence about it? Maybe these statistics will help you decide:

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.

85% of domestic violence victims are women.

Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew.

Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.

If you’d like to help, you can get all the details here.

Get rid of something you no longer need and help someone else in the process. Sounds like a win-win to me.

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6 Responses to “Enriching lives thru the Power of Social Media”

  1. nancy October 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    very win winish!

  2. Maureen October 5, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    We have several cell phone donation services in our area to meet the same needs. There’s also a group in the area that takes used bicycles in good condition and sends them overseas so children can use them to get to school. All good stuff.

  3. Louise October 5, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    Definitely all good stuff.

    we also take old computers, teach homeless clients how to refurbish and rebuild them so that they can become computer technicians — and then we give the computers away to low income Calgarians.

    It is all good!

    Thanks for highlighting this important topic.

  4. Jenny October 6, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    Thanks for posting this Kat – I work very closely with a DV faith-based healing program here in DC called Time to Fly that has really made an impact with families of DV.

    The stats are getting even worse when you include teen DV and dating violence. It.is.staggering.

    And the 1 in 4 stat? That is only the reported cases – the actual cases are much higher. So sad…

  5. Cris Ferreira October 6, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Kat, that’s good to know that what’s junk for us may be useful for someone. I will look for something like that here in Brazil too. I also have lots of electronic junk that I no longer use, I would be glad that it could be reused somehow.

  6. jake October 7, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    I’ve seen this! They have boxes set for around Boise. Brilliant idea and thank goodness for the twitter.

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