It’s probably never crossed your mind that your phone was capable of anything outside of the one or two years that use it. Once you’re done, you’ve likely dropped it in a recycle bin for electronics or it may just be sitting in a desk drawer. What do you do with your old phone once you’ve upgraded?
It turns out that a few charities have recognized this common theme of old phones getting thrown in a drawer and have found a better use for them. Now, you can make that old phone change the world. Charitable causes such as Cell Phones for Soldiers, HopeLine, and Phones4Charity have found a way for you to put that old phone to a really good use. Here is a look at how you can help change the world with your old phone.
If you’re feeling patriotic
If you’re always looking for a way to recognize the troops, you may consider using your phone to help out the soldiers. The charity known as Cell Phones for Soldiers is an excellent way to give back. The concept started in 2004 when two patriotic kids had the idea to give back to women and men who were serving the country every day.
The charity has been able to give over 216 million “Minutes That Matter” to the troops as well as assist with “Helping Heroes Home” through emergency funds. You can donate a cell phone, smartphone, tablet, and funds, or you can sell your smartphone through their buyback program. The donations allow the troops to have free communication and emergency funding by taking in monetary contributions and recycled mobile devices which gives 2.5 hours of free talk time for every $5 collected.
A heart-warming charity
If you’ve never heard of HopeLine, this is another charity in which your phone could help someone in need. The nonprofit organization Kristin Brooks Hope Center focuses on suicide prevention, awareness, and education while providing hope through an online suicide crisis chat, suicide crisis hotlines, educational programs, and through college campuses and high schools.
Phones for an eco-friendly cause
Hope Phones is another great charity in which phones are changing the world. Hope Phones is a cause which collects used phones, recycles them, and it funds healthcare programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Donated phones can fund up to 10 new phones for health workers in 21 various countries around the world. Because of these phones, health workers can track disease outbreaks, register pregnancies, monitor medicine stock, and communicate about emergencies.
Fundraising opportunity with phones
You’ve probably never heard of fundraising that’s happening because of recycled phones. Phones 4 Charity is a fundraising organization that is taking old cell phones and recycling them to make money for people in need. When you upgrade and don’t know what to do with that old cell phone, donate it to Phones 4 Charity where it will translate to hidden cash for charity.
These are some of the best ways that phones are turning into something that change the world. Just by donating your old phone to these causes, you can help healthcare workers in countries around the world, the troops, and other great charities that could use donations.