Cell Phones for Survivors

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You turned 14,600 phones into $20,448.40 for domestic violence survivors. Thank you!

Meet Kira, our scholarship winner for Cell Phones for Survivors!

Kira

"Domestic violence is a huge issue, and I'm glad to help spread awareness of it. Many people don't understand that someone they could see every day could be experiencing an abusive home life. As a senior in high school, I am always hearing how much my friends want to go home after a long day at school. Yet, they may not understand that some kids see school as their only hiding place from a destructive home life. I'm honored to be a part of a cause that helps raise awareness for domestic violence. I think everybody deserves a safe, welcoming place to call home."

Why You Care

“No one should have to be afraid to go home. People should not be subject to mistreatment and abuse by those they love. I have watched it in my own family, and if I can help someone, I always will.” — Alexandra V., 20

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“Along with drug abuse, there was domestic abuse in my family so I know the emotional distress it can put on you therefore I wanted to help others facing the situation.” — Logan R., 17

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“I did this because this is an easy way to help people who have survived domestic violence.” — Alex B., 16

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“My mom was in an abusive relationship. Now that she has passed away, I find it very important to donate my free phones in her memory.” — Megan N., 22

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“I think it is very important to help other people when we can.” — Daniel T., 20

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“Violence in any form is unacceptable. I want to do anything I can to help people who are in this situation.” — Cameron M., 17

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“I wanted to help survivors of domestic abuse and this is a really easy way to do that!” — Sharan U., 17

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“I participated in this campaign because even as a teenager I see friends in relationships that contain domestic abuse. It is everyone's responsibility to help others in need, and collecting cell phones was a simple and rewarding way to do my part in helping the community.” — Samantha K., 19

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“Donating phones that were collecting dust to help survivors of domestic violence I think is a great use of the phone that would have been thrown away.” — Danielle B., 18

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“My mom was a victim of domestic abuse, so it hits close to home. I want to help other people that were in her situation, so they know there are others out there that have gone thru it too, and people who care and want to help.” — Daeja L., 17

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“Domestic abuse hurts - we need to help people who can't go home without fear. I just had these old phones laying around - I hope they can help out with this cause.” — Brian J., 19

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“It's very unfortunate that many people are subjected to domestic violence; however, I am happy to know that simply sending in old phones can help someone get out of a terrible situation.” — Chelsi W., 17

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“it made me feel great to help people in need. since those phones were just sitting in my closet at home it would be foolish to not use them in a beneficial way and to help people who are less fortunate than I am.” — Amanda C, 17

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“I thought this would be an easy way to make a difference in someones life, someone who has seen a lot of ugliness needs to see a little generosity, it was the least I could do.” — Andrew R., 25

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“It's amazing that a simple gesture, such as rummaging for your family's old cell phones, can make such a difference helping those who are victims of domestic violence.” — Sean R., 23

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“I hope that these phones help people in times of violence and that our efforts will put an end to this unfortunate crime.” — Anita T, 18

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“Everyone has at least one old cell phone laying around in their house. Just by sending it they we can change a life. I have never been a victim of domestic violence, but I want to make a difference in someone's life. A small act can go a long way.” — Phoebe M, 17

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“My father used to abuse my mother when I was younger, and I want to reach out to help others like her.” — Amanda R, 18

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“My mom was a victim of domestic abuse before she met my dad. I want to help others in her position.” — Isaac O, 17

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“I liked the idea that a cell phone can help someone in need. I've never experienced any abuse, but sometimes it takes someone like me to make a difference.” — Brendan C, 17

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“I donated my old cell phone as my mom grew up in a household with domestic violence. I see how it still impacts her life.” — Talia B, 16

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“This seems like a worthy cause, and I want to do all that I can to help. Domestic violence needs to be eradicated, and if that's not possible, then we all should do as much as we can to make a difference in the lives of those affected.” — Christopher, 17

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“Domestic violence needs to end. Battered individuals need to feel safe. If a phone can help, awesome!” — Emily, 17

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“I've wanted to help others but always felt out of time or resources. With this campaign I feel like I'm making an immediate difference.” — Alyson, 20

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“Being a witness of domestic violence amid my biological parents as a toddler, I know how essential it is to bring awareness of domestic violence to the public, and try to put it to an end.” — Mikhaila M.

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“I once had a dear friend that went through a similar situation and saw the emotional and physical pain she went through. It is great that there are such programs to help out those in trouble and it makes me feel blessed to be able to help out others in this position.” — Caroline L.

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“I've had friends who've suffered trauma and domestic abuse. I saw their pain and I want to help fight against that. Nobody should ever be hurt by a loved one, we should all love one another.” — Taylor F.

$4,000 Scholarship:

The scholarship is closed. We'll be announcing the winner soon.

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Donate one phone to get your first ticket into the lottery.

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For every additional phone you donate, you’ll be entered to win again.

Official Rules & Regulations

Learn the Issue

Relationship Violence

  • - A woman is battered every 15 seconds in the United States.
  • - 1 in 14 men will experience relationship violence at some point in his lifetime.
  • - One in four women will experience relationship violence during her lifetime.
  • - Women ages 20 to 24 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.

  • For more information check out these resources:

Relationship Violence and Tech

  • - Funding from your refurbished phone can help a survivor learn how to use one to protect themselves.
  • - What millions don't realize is technology can be dangerous and potentially lethal when in the hands of abusers

How Your Phones Help

  • - Nearly all of the materials found in cell phones can be recycled to make new products.
  • - The money from your recycled or refurbished phones will benefit NNEDV’s Safety Net program which educates victims on ways to use technology to help find safety and escape their abusers.

Before Sending

  • - Remove your password
  • - Deactivate the phone
  • - Erase all personal data
  • - Turn phone off

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What happened to all the phones that were donated?

Every phone went through Second Wave’s triage department to determine if it was able to be resold or recycled.

The money comes from the sale of either the phone or its parts.

Do I need to worry about personal data I left on the phones I donated?

Nope! Second Wave "wiped clean" all data when they received you phones.

How much of my phone is being donated to the Safety Net Project?

100% of the wholesale value of the phone is being donated. Value depends on the quality of the phone.

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