Published August 17, 2004
Volume 12, Number 8

Coldwell Banker Turning Used Cell Phones into Affordable Housing

It seems like wireless communications technology is advancing on an almost daily basis. New cell phones have color displays, cameras, and more. Once you’ve got the latest, greatest model, though, what can you do with your old phone? That’s the question that Coldwell Banker has answered with their program that collects used cell phones, turns them in to the Donate-A-Phone program, and then donates the proceeds to Habitat for Humanity, which helps build homes for low-income families.

“This is a great way to put an old phone to use, rather than sticking it in a drawer or throwing it out,” says Avram Goldman, president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Northern California. “The money we raise goes to our favorite charity, Habitat for Humanity, which does a terrific job of helping families enjoy the American Dream of owning their own home.”

Habitat for Humanity is an international non-profit which has built over 175,000 houses since its founding in 1976. By 2005, Habitat houses will be sheltering over 1 million people. The group’s local affiliate, East Bay Habitat, is currently working on 22 homes in Livermore. Other projects on tap for 2004-2005 include 12 homes in West Oakland and 26 in East Oakland.

All cell phones collected are sold, refurbished, or recycled by the non-profit Wireless Foundation. The value of donated phones varies, with recent models raising more funds. All cell phones are accepted, however, including damaged and obsolete phones. Phones that cannot be sold or refurbished will be recycled in full compliance with environmental regulations.

Donating used phones is easy. Simply bring the phone and any accessories in a plastic bag to any of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices in Northern California, including the office in Hacienda at 5980 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 122 (between Hopyard and Chabot). Donors will receive a receipt for their donation. Phones may be dropped off during regular business hours. For additional information, contact Coldwell Banker at (925) 847-2200.


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