Urbana University Sponsors Hope Phones Collection Drive

Urbana University’s Office of International Studies (OIS) and the Swedenborg Memorial Library are pleased to sponsor a Hope Phones collection drive. The purpose of the collection drive is to ask members of the community to donate cell phones that they no longer need or use.

Area libraries have volunteered to be partner collection sites. These libraries are the Champaign County Public Library, Clark County Public Library, Mechanicsburg Public Library, Milton-Union Public Library, St. Paris Public Library, Logan County Public Library, Rushsylvania Public Library, and Urbana University’s Swedenborg Memorial Library.  

The Hope Phones drive will be held from March 1 to May 3, 2014.  Each donor will receive a bookmark as a token of appreciation. The goal is to collect 350 old cell phones or more.

Hope Phones is a parent program of Medic Mobile, a public charity organization that advances health care in 15 countries across the globe.  Hope Phones uses old cell phones to directly fund operations of Medic Mobile.  When an old cell phone is donated, the Medic Mobile recycling partner transfers the value of the phone to a Medic Mobile account so that new mobile technology can be purchased for the field.  The goal of mobile technology is to create connected, coordinated health systems that save lives.

There’s another benefit to donating an old cell phone. Americans discard half a million cell phones each day. These phones pollute the Earth with plastic and toxins like nickel, beryllium, and lead.  Donating an old cell phone reduces hazardous waste. By recycling just 1% of these discarded phones, Hope Phones can save the lives of 50 million people.

The old phone does not need to work, neither do chargers nor accessories need to be donated unless available.  All data is erased from the old cell phone using a secure and certified process.  If a phone cannot be refurbished for resale, it is recycled safely.  The current average value per used phone is $5.00; smartphones are valued at $80.00.

Urbana University and local libraries have worked together on several projects:  Ben Franklin: In Search of a Better World exhibit in 2009;  Big Read of Ernest Gaines’ A Lesson Before Dying held in 2010;  Choose to Read Ohio grant in 2010; Picturing America grant in 2011;  Ohio Chautauqua in 2012;  A Fine Romance exhibit in 2012 and our current Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War exhibit and programs.

Librarians have a long history of working together to improve the educational and recreational opportunities in their communities.  The Library at Urbana University and the libraries in Champaign County have worked together to make this true in our community as well.     

The OIS fosters the academic success of Urbana University’s international students and meets their unique, daily needs. Additionally, the OIS engages in recruitment efforts, new initiatives, and programming to support American and international student interaction.   

The OIS also provides opportunities for the campus community to learn about other cultures, languages, and countries, and it assists the university in preparing all students to fully and ethically participate and compete within a global context.  The multi-lingual staff of the OIS offers resources and professional expertise that serves an international campus.

Foreign students are an integral part of UU’s commitment to internationalization, and the OIS strives to engage them in and integrate them into American culture.  Several times a year, the OIS sponsors extra-curricular social activities for international students both on and off campus. Currently 54 international students attend Urbana University from 8 countries--14 graduate students and 40 undergraduates.
Questions or comments may be directed to Cherie Moore at (937) 484-1313.  Specific information on Hope Phones and the Medic Mobile charity may be found on the Hope Phones website at hopephones.org.

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