Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cell Phones for Survivors

HAPPY OCTOBER! Among other important causes, October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month we will be providing you with a bunch of wonderful ways to honor and spread awareness of this important cause. This first project comes to us from the amazing people at of which I am a fan and a member!

So, I'm sure by now many of you have received the new iPhone 6... 
so this is exactly what you should do with your old phone!

The Issue: Domestic Violence

Here are the facts:
  • A woman is battered every nine seconds in the United States.
  • One in four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.
  • Women ages 20 to 24 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.
Lately, the media has brought a lot of attention to the issue of domestic violence, and people who are not well educated in the subject often ask: "Why didn't she leave?" Well, we can't presume to fully understand these very complex relationships, and even asking this question is a form of victim blaming. Instead, I encourage you to explore the many reasons and situations why women have stayed in violent relationships; it's a generously and bravely shared topic on twitter recently, simply search: #whyIstayed for some honest insights. Sometimes, a lack of alternative housing leads women to stay in or return to violent relationships-- and this is where our project comes in.

Why You Should Donate Your Cell Phone

Most of the parts of your cell phone can be broken down and recycled to make new products. The money from your recycled phones will be turned into funding for Safe Horizon to provide a safe place for survivors and their families to stay.

What is Safe Horizon?

Safe Horizon is the largest provider of domestic violence services in the United States and the largest provider of domestic violence residences for battered women and men. Their shelters provide more than 700 beds throughout New York City, operating both emergency shelters for crisis situations and transitional housing where families may stay for several months in order to plan for a future free from violence. The shelters offer comprehensive services including counseling, housing assistance, life skills and parenting courses, childcare, and medical aid. They envision a society free of family and community violence. They lead the way by empowering victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking to move from crisis to confidence. (Mostly verbatim from the original source below)

Nokia... Snake... Oh, the good ol' days...

Here's What To Do:
  1. Dust of that old phone; even if it's broken, parts can be salvaged. 
  2. While you're at it, ask your friends, family, and co-workers if they'd like you to also donate their old phone. If you're inspired enough to host a drive, please do! Your local phone store might be willing to host a box and help guilt encourage customers to donate their old phones. :)
  3. Wipe your phone clean. (SecondWave will wipe it anyway, but just to be sure! No celeb nudie leaks from you...)
  4. If you decide to register as a member of then be sure to "sign up" for this campaign and take a photo to "prove" your good deed. Be sure to tag us when you share it so we can see too! #TeamITLT
  5. Collect your phone donation(s) in a padded envelope or small box -- only phones and batteries, no chargers or accessories.
  6. Print, cut, and paste the free shipping label.
  7. Don't forget to include your return address, and send it off!
Good to Know
  • Every $50 raised will provide bedding for a family staying at one of Safe Horizon's shelters.
  • 100% of the wholesale value of the phone will be donated to benefit survivors. The value depends on the quality of the phone and whether it can be resold or recycled.
  • If you have more than 10 phones, email for a special label.

Thank you for your inspiring campaigns! ‪#‎DoSomething‬

And just in case...
If you or a friend need help:

To talk or text The National Dating Abuse Helpline 24/7. Please go to a safe location and contact the helpline by texting “loveis” to 22522, calling the helpline at 1-866-331-9474 (1-866-331-8453 TTY) or you can chat online with the helpline.