Agencies that help victims of domestic violence are reaping the proceeds of a drive to collect old phones. Verizon Wireless takes in the no-longer-used cell phones, and either makes them available for domestic violence victims who need them, or refurbishes them for re-sale, with the proceeds then donated to organizations that help victims.


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Mike McMahon, director of business sales, says they’ve been doing this since 2001. “More than half a billion minutes have been added to 180,000 devices for victims to use to stay connected, because it’s more important, at this time of their lives, than ever to be able to have reliable communication,” he said.

Grants for $5,000 each are going to the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois, based in Belleville, which provides shelter and legal services in Saint Clair, Randolph and Monroe counties, and Connections for Abused Women and their Children, in Chicago.

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