Make Your Old Cell Phone More Worthwhile on MLK Day

COLLEGEVILLE PA – Your old cell phone – the one you shoved into the storage drawer when Santa brought that fancier model at Christmas? – can both help a Montgomery County non-profit provide support to victims of domestic abuse, and give Perkiomen Valley School District students an opportunity to participate in the district’s annual Martin Luther King Day of Service.

The district and the Collegeville Police Department are partnering to collect used cell phones that will be donated to Laurel House in East Norriton. Founded in 1981, Laurel House provides crisis intervention, safe haven, support, and resources to individuals and families county-wide who are victims of domestic violence. It also trains community organizations to help prevent abuse.

Cell phones collected by the department will be delivered to Laurel House on Jan. 17 (2022; Monday), the federal holiday that marks the birthday of the national civil rights leader. The non-profit sends them to a recycler, and receives a payment for each phone. Those proceeds help in part to pay to operate its free, 24-hour domestic violence hotline.

The department, 491 E. Main St., is serving as a collection point for the phones. They’re being accepted Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m., its Facebook page explained. As an alternative, phones also can be delivered on MLK Day, as its known, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at drive-through donation stations located in the parking lots of Perkiomen Valley Middle School East.

The school will be closed for the holiday. A map of its donation stations – students also are collecting clothing, food and pantry items, new toys, and used eyeglasses, all of which will find charitable uses – is available here.

More MLK Day projects at PVSD

There’s much more planned by the district to observe MLK Day. Its activities, intended to safely involve students and members of the public in the King-related festivities, have been revised in light of current COVID-19 circumstances, it reported.

  • An MLK Community Day event is scheduled for Jan. 17 in two hour-long time slots, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively, at the Perkiomen Valley High’s Thomas J. Keenan Stadium, 509 Gravel Pike. Kids can participate in fun activities, crafts, exercises, and relay races for kids of all ages while they also learn about being of service. Snacks and drinks are included; a $5 donation is requested. Advance registration is available here.
  • PV elementary and middle school students can receive free take-home project kits Jan. 13 (Thursday) to be completed and returned to schools by Jan. 18 (Tuesday). The deadline to sign up for a limited number of kits is Monday (Jan. 10). See the project descriptions and register for them here.
  • District high school students (only) are being encouraged to sign up for any one of already-scheduled several MLK Day volunteer opportunities. Find their descriptions and registration here.

Photo of the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington DC by Raffaele Nicolussi via Unsplash, used under license