Listen up, guys, because we found your calling. Got an old cell phone lying around? MTV has teamed up with DoSomething.org for their Cell Phones for Survivors campaign, which means you can help domestic violence survivors just by donating your old cell phone between now and November 21st.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins today, which means it’s time to shine a spotlight on an issue that affects so many people. Statistics show nearly 3 in 10 women and 1 in 10 men have been stalked or assaulted by a partner. According to Love is Respect, girls and women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the “highest rate of intimate partner violence.”
When you turn in your old cell, you're helping fund the National Network to End Domestic Violence’s Safety Net Project. All you have to do is collect the cellphones in your house and around town that are getting more outdated by the minute. When you're ready, print your free shipping label and drop your phones in the mail.
Not only is your phone going to help domestic violence survivors, but when you donate a phone, you can enter to win a duck phone signed by “Jersey Shore” cast members. To enter, go to your Twitter or Instagram account and share your reason for participating in the Cell Phones for Survivors campaign. Make sure you include “@MTVact” and “@DoSomething” in your posts. Only US residents age 13 and older are eligible to win the prize. As if the duck phone isn’t enough, DoSomething.org is also giving away a $4,000 scholarship to one lucky winner who donates a phone and shares a photo of it! For more information on how to win the scholarship, visit act.mtv.com/survivors.
If you or someone you know needs help, please visit the Dating Abuse Helpline, or call 1-866-331-9497. You can also text “loveis” to 22522 for more information.