Uptown groups seek phones for domestic violence victims

Calhoun Square and the Uptown Association have teamed up to collect old cell phones to help those facing domestic violence.

Through the "Donate a Phone to Protect" program, people nationwide donate their inactive cell phones that are then given to domestic violence victims and related organizations. Wireless service providers provide free emergency airtime.

In a press release, the Uptown groups said that once a phone is deactivated, it and the battery charger can be donated.

This program began in 1996 through the Wireless Foundation, the NCADV and Motorola. Since then, Motorola has given away more than 17,000 phones, and numerous wireless providers have donated free airtime for emergencies.

The Wireless Foundation is a nonprofit, so donations and mailing expenses are tax-deductible. Those interested in donating their cell phones, batteries and chargers can send them to:

RSP Architects Ltd.

Attn: Mary Kalka

1220 NE Marshall St.

Minneapolis, MN 55413

For more information about the phone program, visit www.calhounsquare.com/events.php or www.wirelessfoundation.org.

For information about how to help the victim of domestic violence, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or visit www.ncadv.org.