Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties has kicked off of a month-long, communitywide campaign to collect used and unwanted cellphones.
Donated phones will be used as emergency 911 phones by victims of domestic violence, or will be recycled in recognition of Earth Month.
Proceeds from the recycled phones will go to DVS and will be used to support victim services programs.
“We know that these 911 cellphones have saved lives. For a victim of domestic violence, having access to a phone is a vital lifeline that they can access anytime,” says Dan Aspiri, executive director of DVS.
Old information will be removed from retired cell phones, and phones will be repackaged with a charger and instructions on how to use the phones for 911 services. DVS distributes these phones to victims of domestic violence as needed.
The cellphone drive will run through April. Drop-off sites include: Domestic Violence Services, all Mid-Columbia Libraries, Richland Public Library, Yoke’s Fresh Market stores in Pasco and Kennewick, all area police departments, Tri-Cities Battery on Clearwater Avenue, New Beginnings Thrift Shop, Service Master, Ben Franklin Transit centers on Columbia Park Trail and Okanogan Place, Chico’s at Columbia Center mall, and Just A Minute Mart in Benton City.