Old & Obsolete
- Help the Elgin Community Crisis Center convert old phones into cash and offset higher utility costs in their shelter, which houses victims of domestic violence from surrounding communities.
- Keep cell phones out of landfills where they pose an environmental threat.
Most of us are just getting the hang of our cell phone features when the technology rudely catapults us forward. Most of the changes have been for the better…Remember the seven lb. bag phones…! But what do you do with the drawer in your house that serves as a graveyard for obsolete cell phones?
About Shelter Alliance
Shelter Alliance is a program of GRC Wireless Recycling (www.grcrecycling.com), a private sector company dedicated exclusively to socially responsible cell phone recycling. With over 2000 active participants in 50 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico, Shelter Alliance is now the largest cell phone recycling program in the U.S. SA participants have earned over $4,000,000 since 2001.
When we began our mission in 2001, we discovered that cell phone “fundraising” revenue was primarily funneled to national nonprofits, often leaving local organizations without their due share.
Additionally, we found that large surpluses of phones often resulted from “911 emergency phone collections,” leaving social service organizations with offices full of phones and no responsible recycling solution. Shelter Alliance was established to offer local community organizations a viable, profitable fundraising option. Four years later, we still hold true to our “founding principles”: accountability, individualized attention to each participant, and responsiveness.
During January, Faithjustice offers you a possible solution: RECYCLE YOUR OLD CELL PHONES. Put your phones with their batteries in the baskets on the hearth in the Gathering Space. Please do not include accessories or adaptors and, if you are able, delete all phone numbers. Your old and obsolete cell phones will be turned over to Shelter Alliance who will refurbish, resell or recycle your discards.
All proceeds from this effort will benefit the Community Crisis Center, a shelter in Elgin, IL, serving the survivors of domestic violence, including women and children from our own area. The Center receives anywhere from $1 to $30 per viable phone. The more current the phone the better!
Your donation also serves environmental efforts to keep electronic equipment and batteries out of local landfills. Old cell phones are disassembled and parts salvaged using eco-friendly methods.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTNERSHIP IN MINISTRY!!
The mission of Faithjustice is to promote awareness, advocacy and action within the parish around justice issues that are impacting people locally, nationally and internationally. Moreover, we are called to be public witnesses within the larger community to the Church’s commitment to human life and dignity with a special preference to those who are voiceless and poor.
The Committee is comprised of Saint Anne parishioners. We collaborate with the Parish Staff and various ministries participation on the Human Concerns Commission. We participate with the justice committees of other parishes in our deanery, with the Archdiocesan efforts through the Peace & Justice Office, and with Catholic Relief Services.
Parishioners are welcome to participate in one or more issue oriented sub-committees without the need to attend the monthly general meetings.
Contact: Paul & Adrienne Kalmes, 847-344-1869 (evenings), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poverty and Vulnerability
Faithjustice advocates via letters and lobbying for the poorest and most vulnerable locally, nationally and internationally. Educates and raises awareness on issues.
Develops a Lenten Almsgiving project for the parish each year focused on an area of the developing world. Coordinates with other parish ministries on the selected project.
Efforts are directed at beginning an on-going discussion with members of other religious communities in the NW suburban area. Participate in local activities which promote understanding of the religious issues and concerns in a pluralistic society.
Support policy directions which address the root causes of migration, such as economic development, so that migrants can remain in their home countries to support themselves and their families. Advocate for reform of the U.S. legal immigration system and restoration of due process protections for immigrants to allow them to have “their day in court,” consistent with American values and directives of the US Council of Catholic Bishops.
Raise awareness about the justice issues regarding the environment and our world’s resources. Develop conservation and protection activities within the parish.
Quarterly, bring fair trade products and projects to the parish, creating awareness of the justice issues surrounding labor and trade between people living in this country and those living in the developing world. When possible, sponsor collections of used goods that can be put to use in areas where poverty and resource vulnerability make these goods difficult; e.g. cell phones for domestic violence victims, shoes for Haiti.