Effingham County Victim Witness Assistance Program Inc. announced special emphasis of its cell phone fundraising program during National Crime Victims Rights Week April 13-19.
Proceeds from the collection efforts will be applied to fund the services provided to victims of personal injury crime throughout the community.
“Donating a used, unwanted cell phone allows community members to donate to an important cause without reaching into their wallets,” said Glenda King, executive director of Effingham County Victim Witness. “With the hundreds of used cell phones sitting idly in our community, the fundraising potential is almost limitless.”
Effingham County Victim Witness Assistance Program has partnered with Shelter Alliance (www.shelteralliance.net), a Miramar, Fla. firm that specializes in the logistics and underwriting of fundraising programs through the collection and responsible recycling of used cellular phones.
Shelter Alliance currently works with over 2,000 social service organizations in 50 states and has contributed over $5 million to participating organizations.
Cell phone collection “drop boxes” are currently established at the following locations in the community:
United Way Service Center — Rincon
Manna House — Rincon
Family and Children Services — Springfield
Victim Witness — Springfield
ECVWAP requests and appreciates that the public bring their used, unwanted cell phones and battery to these locations during working hours or call for someone to pick up the phones.
ECVWAP is additionally soliciting local businesses to initiate collection campaigns with its employees, customers and vendors. It encourages businesses of all types to participate in this program. Call King at 754-7460.
ECVWAP provides assistance including referrals, advocacy and support to victims and witnesses of personal injury crimes. The program, founded in 1989, is a nonprofit program with a blended funding base of private and public support.