Do you have any old cell or smart phones that you don’t need anymore? CDR/RCIL will be collecting them at our office, located at 497 State St, Rochester NY and at the National ADAPT Fun Run event in Washington DC on April 22, 2012 (All funds from the donated cell phones will go towards the National ADAPT Fun*Run.)

During ADAPT trips, members of the community travel to Washington DC to meet with legislators face to face and talk about real issues that affect the disability community. These donated phones will be another way to help fund ADAPT actions that have helped move America’s long term care system away from institutions and toward home and community-based services.

Our progress has been great, but there’s still so much farther to go.  If you have any old cell or smart phones collecting dust in your house, this is the perfect opportunity to finally get rid of them and support a great cause! (And by recycling, we can raise funds for ADAPT and help the environment).

Here’s some food for thought:

Wireless industries are revolutionizing the world. Did you know that there are over 5 billion people, or over 75% of the world’s population, that now own cell phones? On average, a new cell phone is
being purchased every two years (after the contract expires.) This leads to an estimate of over 1 billion cell phones and smart phones not being used worldwide. When these phones are thrown away, the toxic elements found in them– including lead and arsenic–will pollute landfills and the surrounding environment.

To prevent this pollution from happening, it is best to recycle old cell or smart phones.

Let’s go GREEN to raise funds for the National ADAPT Fun*Run event on April 22, 2012!  For people in Rochester, NY, we will be collecting cell and smart phones up until Friday, April 20th. There is a basket in the lobby where you can place donations.  Please let us know how you can give them to us.

Attached is the flyer with more information about the recycling fundraiser. Please feel free to forward it or send it to others at your discretion.

If you have further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

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Thank you,

Dean DeRusso
Deaf Systems Advocate
Regional Center for Independent Living (RCIL)

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