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Cell Phone Program

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911 Cell Phone Project

One of the problems a victim of violent crime may experience is extreme fear and feelings of vulnerability and powerlessness that come with the situation. The availability of a cellular telephone to call 911 in an emergency situation can be a tremendous help in alleviating that fear.

The Victim Advocates Committee, a sub-committee of the Washoe County Domestic Violence Task Force, in partnership with the Reno City Attorney's Office, is conducting a cellular telephone drive. We are looking for individuals or businesses which have upgraded to new cellular telephones and still have the complete package of telephone, battery and battery charger.

Cellular telephones do not need to be on a paid service to have 911 access. They will not receive any incoming calls, nor will they generate any telephone charges. They will not be able to make any outgoing calls, other than to call 911. The cellular telephones we receive will become the property of the Washoe County Domestic Violence Task Force.

If you have a phone you would like to donate, you can take it to 1 East 1st Street, 3rd Floor, Reno, NV 89501.  Leave your name and mailing address if you want a receipt for your tax deductible donation.

911 Cell Phones for Seniors

911 cell phones are also available to seniors with a need for them. If you or someone you know would benefit from a 911 cell phone, please come to the Reno City Attorney’s Office, 1 East 1st Street, 3rd Floor, Reno, NV 89501. If you are unable to visit the office yourself, you can have someone come for you. Contact Penie Colter at 775-334-3839 or email