BC Project Connect
Cell Phone Drive

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UBC WOMEN'S HEALTH INITIATIVE  -  FOR SURVIVORS OF IPV 

For many people, a cell phone provides a means of connection with other individuals and fosters autonomy. For survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV), a new cell phone, and a new number, can provide not only safety, but access to independent life. 

GENTLY USED CELLPHONES

CELLPHONE ACCESSORIES (cases, chargers, etc.)

& MONETARY DONATIONS

We are collecting 

for survivors of intimate partner violence

 

Backstory.

Project Connect is an initiative started by couple of fourth year medical students at Memorial University in Newfoundland who recognized that a new cell phone could positively impact survivors of intimate partner violence by helping them start over.

 

The project kicked off at Memorial at the end of 2020 and saw significant success right away, with donations of 50+ gently used cell phones and $1500+ to local organizations supporting survivors in the community.

 

Honing to the pilot’s success, Project Connect has spread to include universities from all over Canada which are already at various stages in the project.

UBC Chapter.

Project Goals:

Facilitate access to resources for survivors so they can start their new lives safely and independently
 

Foster meaningful connections with local womxn’s shelters to assess the needs of individuals in their care
 

Partner and collaborate with other Project Connect Chapters across Canada to advocate with and on behalf of survivors of intimate partner violence
 

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Check if Your Phone is Eligible.

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PROJECT CONNECT DONATION FLOW CHART

Preparing your phone for donation.

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Back It Up

Make sure you back-up your phone before you erase and restore it so you do not lose any of your valuable data and photos!

Erase & Restore

Erase all contents off your phone and restore it to factory settings. If it is an iPhone, please ensure it removed from iCloud/FindMyiPhone before donating. For info on how to restore the factory settings on your phone, use the following links:

Donate

Please contact us at bcprojectconnect@gmail.com to arrange all donations (cell phones, accessories, monetary and SIM card).

 

BC resources for cell phone recycling.

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Electronic Recycling Association

Vancouver Only
 

Return-It 

Canada Wide
 

Staples

Canada Wide

Recyclemycell.ca
Canada Wide

Search your location to find

local partners accepting phones

 

Not in BC, but want to contribute?

No worries if you don’t live in BC. Project Connect has Chapters all over the country! If you would like to find out how to support your local community by donating a phone or money for SIM cards, please use the email below and we will put you in contact with your local Chapter lead.

                                                                        bcprojectconnect@gmail.com

 

Our project is still in the beginning stages so we would appreciate any suggestions for womxn’s shelters and/or transition homes in BC who might benefit from this cell phone drive.

 

We would also greatly appreciate suggestions for companies and organizations who might be able to support our initiative by donating funds for SIM cards.

 

Please forward any suggestions to:

              bcprojectconnect@gmail.com