It’s that time of year again, and Domestic Violence Awareness Month is once again just around the corner.
This year, we’re opening the door to members of the community to get involved in their own DV Awareness campaigns, specifically their very own DV Cell Phone Drives.
Donating a cell phone, or starting a cell phone drive of your own, are some of the easiest and most rewarding ways to get involved in DV prevention, as you get to see firsthand how you and your drive supporters are making a lasting difference. Aside from helping clean the environment, the primary purpose of the cell phone drive is to raise funds for FVPC’s crucial services. Those services include a 24-hour hotline, crisis counseling, court advocacy, community education, support groups, children’s programs and much more. Each time someone donates one of their old, broken, used or unwanted cell phones, FVPC receives a monetary donation from a company that collects and recycles/reuses the worn-out components for use or salvageable materials. But the campaign also serves another, less tangible (but no less important) service in the fight against domestic abuse.
It serves as a visible reminder, that the issue of domestic violence is both real, and present, even in communities like ours. And most importantly, it sends a message, both to victims and the community at large, that there are still those who care about the issue, and are willing to do their part to help victims through their hardships.
We hope that members of the community will begin hosting cell phone collection boxes placed in visible areas throughout Chapel Hill and Orange County–churches, office buildings, or other community centers. Collection box hosts will then publicize their event (through internal memo, PA, listserv), and encourage their community members to participate.
For more information on how you can help, visit our website at http://www.fvpcoc.org/donate.shtml, or call our office at 929-3872 and ask for Elizabeth. Or drop off phones at our existing locations: Whole Foods Market, the UNC Student Union (by Alpine Bagels), or in the Hendrick Building at the Friday Center.