Make the Right Call: Donate Used Cell Phones to Charity

It’s hard to imagine life without cell phones, let alone a time when their only function was making and receiving calls. Now they are can do just about anything—except bake cookies to share with your friends and neighbors in your UDR luxury apartment community. (Although you could use your smart phone to order cookies from your favorite bakery around the block.) And just when you thought your must-have mobile device couldn’t get any better, a new and improved model is released. Whether you buy a new phone or tablet for yourself this holiday season or receive an upgraded version as a gift, don’t throw the old ones away. Instead, consider donating used electronics to charity.

Cell Phones for Soldiers

This nonprofit organization provides cell phones to active-duty military members as well as veterans transitioning back to civilian life. Since 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers has recycled upwards of 11 million cell phones and used the proceeds to give more than 210 million calling card minutes to the men and women who serve our country. All you have to do is take your gently-used cell phone to one of their convenient drop-off locations. If you can’t find a site near your home, you can also mail your donation directly to the charity’s recycling partner in Texas.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

In addition to recycling cell phones, NCADV also recycles a variety of other electronics, including:

  • Laptops
  • Digital Cameras
  • Video Game Consoles
  • MP3 Players

The items you donate are refurbished and resold. The proceeds are then used to connect survivors of domestic violence with programs and organizations designed to keep them safe. It also funds legislative efforts aimed at stopping domestic violence. NCADV makes it easy to donate electronics by providing a free shipping label.

Whether you donate used electronics to either of these organizations or another charity of your choice, your contribution is tax deductible. Have you donated cell phones or other electronics to charities in the past? If so, which ones? Would you be interested in holding an electronics drive in your UDR community? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

 

Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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