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Bennett collects cell phones to benefit domestic violence shelter

old cell phones2CHAMPAIGN – In an effort to support domestic violence victims in Champaign, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) has designated his district office for residents to drop off used cell phones.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Illinois and across the nation. To continue his advocacy of women and children’s rights and raise awareness of domestic violence, Bennett has partnered with Courage Connection in Champaign to receive cell phones, chargers, and other phone accessories to be collected throughout the month of October. Donated cell phones are given to people dealing with domestic abuse and are used as emergency 911 phones.

“Domestic violence is a community issue, and these shelters protect and support individuals trying to return to safety and stability while they recover from violence that can upend every part of their lives,” Bennett said. “Efforts like this are a way we can all support them.”

Bennett sought out other partners in the community to volunteer their offices as drop off locations. In addition to Bennett’s office, State Representative Carol Ammons, Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen, Mayor Diane Marlin and Mayor Charles Smith will serve as drop off locations. Courage Connection will also be available to take donations.

“Cell phones have become essential in modern society and these individuals will benefit from your donations,” Bennett said. “Help a family have a sense of security and stay connected. Donate today, if you can.”

Bennett urges residents with questions or concerns to contact his district office at 217-355-5252 or visit www.SenatorBennett.com.

Sen. Scott Bennett

Senator Scott Bennett

52nd Senate District

Years served: 2015 - Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture (Chairperson); Appropriations II; Criminal Law (Vice-Chairperson); Higher Education; Labor; State Government; Subcommittee on Capital.

Biography: Bennett grew up in Gibson City, where four generations of his family worked on their family farm. He moved to Champaign-Urbana to attend law school at the University of Illinois after graduating from Illinois State University.

Associated Representatives:
Carol Ammons
Michael T. Marron