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Have an old phone you don’t use anymore? The United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula will be hosting a used phone donation drive through the end of March. These donations will benefit clients in recovery at Great Lakes Recovery Center Inc. as well as clients seeking help from other local human resource organizations.

COVID-19 has taken its toll on all of us and in this time of “by appointment only,” being without a phone becomes a barrier for those trying to schedule job interviews, participate in telehealth appointments, or reconnect with family.

Drop off bins will be located in Chippewa, Luce and Mackinac counties. To donate your used mobile phone, please first be sure to delete any sensitive information and factory reset your phone. Phones along with chargers can be dropped off at the following locations: 

• The Hope Chest, 250 Ferry Lane, St. Ignace, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
• Newberry Community Action Agency, 207 Newberry Ave., Newberry, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; or
• Outside United Way’s office, located on the second floor of 511 Ashmun St. (the Huntington Bank building) in downtown Sault Ste. Marie. The building is accessible 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

All phones are accepted, “unlocked” or pay-as-you-go phones are preferred. You may also donate prepaid phone cards. Cards should be mailed directly to United Way of the EUP, PO Box 451, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 or dropped off at our office Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information or questions, contact David Brey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 906‑632‑3700, ext. 4.

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