Avalon gains funds through used cell phones from VPRJ

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The Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail donated several mobile phones to the Avalon Center in Williamsburg. Pictured are women from the Avalon Center and employees from the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail. (Photo courtesy of Sara Mahayni)
The Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail donated several mobile phones to the Avalon Center in Williamsburg. Pictured are women from the Avalon Center and employees from the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail. (Photo courtesy of Sara Mahayni)

The Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail is providing services for victims of domestic and sexual violence by turning in used mobile phones.

“Donating used, personal cell phones to an organization like Avalon Center…is just one way that VPRJ can serve the surrounding community, in addition to maintaining a safe and secure jail,” said Sara Mahayni, executive assistant to superintendent Tony H. Pham, in a release from VPRJ.

On March 22, employees from the jail visited the Avalon Center, which works to end domestic and sexual violence by breaking the cycle of abuse through prevention, education, shelter and support services, according to its website. During the visit, the jail employees donated approximately 20 used cell phones, according to Mahayni.

The used phones will be sent back to the manufacturers; in return, the Avalon Center will receive monetary credit. The funds from the credit usually come in the form of checks or money orders, and they’ll be used to support women and children who benefit from the center, according to Mahayni.

The Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail has worked with the Avalon Center for more than 15 years, according to Juanita Graham, Avalon’s director of outreach services. The jail has helped provide a variety of services, such as on-site group- counseling sessions.

The Avalon Center serves more than 1,300 clients each year, according to the release.

The phones can be returned to manufacturers for monetary credit which will be used to provide care for victims of sexual and domestic abuse. (Photo courtesy of Sara Mahayni)
Cell phones can be returned to manufacturers for monetary credit, which will be used to provide care for victims of sexual and domestic abuse. (Photo courtesy of Sara Mahayni)

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