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Victim Witness makes a call for cell phone drive
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Effingham County Victim Witness Assistance Program Inc. announces another special emphasis on a cell phone fundraising program. 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 (, 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 $5,000,000 to participating organizations.

ECVWAP has been challenged again by Shelter Alliance to be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 donation for the agency for every 300 phones received by Nov. 30. The last cell phone drive netted the agency $1,038.

Cell phone collection “drop boxes” are currently established at the following locations in the community:
United Way Service Center, Walgreens, YMCA, Springfield Ford, Fuller Chevrolet, Movie Gallery, St. Joseph’s Candler Healthcare, El Real Mexican Restaurant, Habitat Restore, Kroger, Teach Right Store, and Manna House in Rincon; Family and Children Services, Effingham County administrative office, Chamber of Commerce, Effingham County High School, Effingham Hospital, and Victim Witness in Springfield; IGA and Medicap Pharmacy in Guyton.

ECVWAP requests the public to 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.

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.

For more information, call King at 754-7460.