After you finish marveling at –- and juicing up – your brand new iPhone 4S, make sure to upgrade your old phone from paperweight, to potentially lifesaving device. Just donate your old cell to one of these noteworthy charities that will make sure it gets put to good use.
Help Soldiers Call Home
Staying in touch with loved ones is key to surviving deployment, according to the Military Benefits Deployment Center. However, with the high-price of calling home from Afghanistan or Iraq, connecting with friends and family while serving, often becomes cost prohibitive. That’s where Cell Phones For Soldiers steps in. The nonprofit donates 12,000 calling cards to soldiers each week.
When you give over your used phone, the nonprofit sends it to ReCellular, which recycles the device and pays Cell Phones For Soldiers enough money to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad.
Help Seniors And Abused Women Dial 911
For seniors living alone and women who face abuse, having access to a 911-emergency phone is a critical life-saving tool. To make sure that those in need have access to phones that can make emergency calls, Secure The Call collects old phones, sorts, tests and doles them out to local distributing centers. The organization has partnered with 250 community-based organizations in 49 states and aims to collect 300,000 cell phones by Dec. 31.
Even if your iPhone has taken a beating, this nonprofit can find a way to salvage usable parts, or sell it to support the program.
Benefit Your Favorite Charity
Phones 4 Charity makes sure to find a purpose for any discarded phone, regardless of its condition. Fully functional cells are sold to local businesses and a portion of the proceeds go to a range of charities, from the American Red Cross to nearby football teams in need of new uniforms. Devices that don’t boast any market value are donated to women’s shelters and elder care facilties, so that residents will have access to a 911-emergency phone of their own. Unusable phones are properly recycled and their salvageable parts are reused.
If you donate 30 or more phones, the organization will cover the cost of shipping.
Teach At-Risk Students New Technology
The United Nations mandated University for Peace brings old cell phones to students and humanitarian workers living in at-risk communities. Once students in Costa Rica, Ethiopia and Washington D.C receive the phones, they will learn the latest in peer-to peer learning, gaming, and Smartphone technology to help them deal with conflict and develop cross cultural relationships, according to Change.org. The phones will also be used to train aid workers, local journalists, educators and election monitors.