American Cellular Donation Organization
NATIONAL CELL PHONE RECYCLING INITIATIVE
TEEN EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM AND THE ENVIRONMENT
ACDO teams up with SADD to launch
exciting new venture
MI, September 24, 2004 - American Cellular Donation Organization
(ACDO) is pleased to announce a new, collaborative partnership with
SADD, Inc. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) that has the potential
of raising funds for thousands of SADD chapters across the country and
protecting the environment through the recycling of used cellular phones.
"Our mission is to protect the environment by recycling used, outdated
cellular phones while raising funds for a great cause," stated
Vincent Serio, CEO and founder of ACDO. "Collaborating with SADD,
the nations leading peer-to-peer youth education and prevention
organization, is a win-win scenario. Its an honor for ACDO to
support SADDs mission of empowering our nations youth to
make positive choices, and through this program, students will be able
to help conserve resources and protect the environment," added
Serio. To celebrate the beginning of this partnership ACDO has given
a generous donation to SADD, but it is just a start in the tremendous
amount of money SADD will be able to accumulate.
Founded in 1981 as Students Against Driving Drunk, SADD has more than
10,000 chapters in middle schools, high schools, and colleges nationwide.
In 1997, SADDs mission expanded to provide students with the best
prevention and intervention tools possible to deal not only with the
issue of underage drinking, but also other drug use, impaired driving,
and other destructive decisions. In this new partnership, SADD will
encourage individual chapters to consider the revenue potential and
positive environmental impact of cell phone donation drives. ACDO will
provide all support materials for the drives, such as donation boxes,
signs, posters, brochures, and shipping. As SADDs exclusive cell
phone recycling partner, ACDO will also help chapters coordinate their
drives and offer suggestions to support a successful venture.
According to Serio, a typical cell phone donation drive will last about
90 days, with the donated phones turned into charitable cash according
to their current market value. All proceeds from the donated phones
will be directed back to the SADD chapter running the drive. "The
components of non-working or obsolete cell phones will be recycled so
they dont end up in landfills, where their toxic makeup could
prove harmful to the environment," added Serio.
Penny Wells, SADDs President and Executive Director, is enthusiastic
about the programs potential benefit for all SADD chapters that
choose to participate. "SADD chapters are eager for creative and
constructive ways to raise funds to run their local prevention and awareness
activities in an effort to educate fellow students about the dangers
of underage drinking, impaired driving, teen violence, depression and
suicide. Recycling used cell phones promotes positive values while offering
young people the support they need to make a difference in their schools
and in their communities," added Wells. This program also lends
itself to creating important alliances with local businesses, civic
groups, and others interested in teen health and safety who might wish
to participate in supplemental drives to benefit their local SADD chapter.
Those interested in finding out more about cell phone donation drives
as fund-raisers for their organizations, or who want more information
about how to donate phones to support SADD, are urged to call ACDO's
Program Coordinator, Kim Serio, at 586-524-2399 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SADD, Inc. sponsors peer-to-peer education and prevention programs in
middle schools and high schools nationwide. For more information about
SADD, visit www.sadd.org.
Michigan-based American Cellular Donation Organization is dedicated
to helping charities raise funds through used cell phone drives. For
more information about ACDO, visit www.cellulardonation.org