In 2011, I was Ren Margolis’ Bar Mitzvah mentor at Beth Ami, Colorado Congregation for Humanistic Judaism. Ren realized that lots of kids at his school were getting new phones. Where were the old phones?
Ren collected cell phones at Manhattan Middle School and donated them to Secure The Call, an organization that fixes up donated phones and gives them to isolated seniors and victims of domestic violence so they can call 911 in an emergency. Neither the seniors nor the victims of domestic violence have to pay for this 911 service.
Secure the Call is continually collecting old cell phones throughout the United States. Originally the organization focused on its environmental impact by keeping electronic trash out of American’s landfills. Today Secure the Call repairs old cell phones and mates it with a charger. They also wipe out the phone’s memory so no private information remains in the cell phone’s memory.
Ren has arranged for the Boulder JCC to host a phone collection container until March 24th. As you get ready for Passover, please include a trip to the Boulder JCC, 3800 Kalmia, to drop off your old cell phones.