Donate Your Old Cell Phones

Photo: (Getty/

Photo: (Getty/

Want to do something for Domestic Violence Awareness month?  MTV and have launched their Cell Phones for Survivors campaign, where you can send them your old cell phones. For every phone that is donated, will donate to NNEDV’s Safety Net Project (yes, that’s us!). You’ll also be entered into a lottery to win a $4,000 scholarship, and you can enter as many times as you want!

This Is Awesome! How Do I Donate My Phone?

Take a picture of the phones you’re donating and tell all your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, Instagram, the entire internet! – let them know how awesome you are. (Tag your posts: @nnedv @mtvact @dosomething #31n31) You can also share your picture on’s site. 

Print a free shipping label, tape it on an envelope, put your phone inside, and drop it in the mail! That’s it. 

Anything Else I Should Do Before I Send Off My Phone?

Yes. Make sure you go through your phone and wipe off all your data before you send it off. 

  1. Back up all your pictures, videos, files, and whatever else that’s on the phone that you want to keep.
  2. Wipe your phone to factory setting to make sure that all personal data has been removed from your phone. If you don’t know how to do this, Google “How do I wipe my [phone’s make/model] to factory setting.”
  3. Remove any SIM or SD cards, since these cards contain personal data. 

Done. Found My Old Cell Phone. Printed the Free Shipping Label, and I sent it off!

Thank you!! Getting rid of your old phone helps us do the work that we do: training and educating advocates and service providers about how technology can be used or misused. 

Questions?? Let us know in the comments below; we’d love to hear from you!