Stevens Point, WI (October 30, 2013) – The Boys & Girls Club of Portage County received a $1500 Green Gift from Cellcom today at a presentation at their facility.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Portage County is to inspire and enable all youth to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring community members. The Green Gift will be used to implement a Make Your Own Energy Program for the members.

“The Club will partner with the K-12 Energy Education Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to adapt energy education curriculum to our after school program format and create an education trunk filled with renewable energy demonstration kits, energy conservation activities, energy measurement techniques, and other hands-on, minds-on projects,” said Jeremy Higgins, grant writer at the Boys & Girls Club of Portage County. “Participants will hopefully gain a deeper understanding of how their personal decisions translate into the amount of energy used and how much that might cost over time.”

A total of $31,500 was given out to 12 green organizations in Cellcom’s service area.

Since 2004 Cellcom has offered a cell phone recycling program where customers can bring in their old or unwanted phones to be reused and recycled. Cellcom sends the phones to recyclers who in return send money to Cellcom for the materials that were saved from the phones. Cellcom has always donated this money back to local non-profits.

In 2010, Cellcom launched the Green Gift program, donating their recycling funds to green non-profit initiatives in an effort to complete the green cycle that starts with consumers being environmentally-conscious and donating their devices.

“This program has become the cornerstone of our green initiatives,” said Brighid Riordan, director of public affairs. “Cellcom is proud to support organizations of all sizes, whose work is impacting the community and building a greener tomorrow.”

Other green gifts went to non-profits throughout Cellcom’s service area and included Bookworm Gardens (Sheboygan), DC Everest School Forest (Schofield), Boys & Girls Club of Portage County (Stevens Point), Friends of Mead/McMillan Association (Milladore), Merrill River District Foundation (Merrill), Northland Pines School District (St. Germain), Friends of Hortonville Library (Hortonville), Woodland Dunes (Two Rivers), Open Door Bird Sanctuary (Sturgeon Bay), Camp Tekawitha (Shawano), Wisconsin Waterfowl Association (Abrams), and the Brown County Library (Green Bay).

Cellcom’s recycling program has generated over $163,000 for local charities over the past nine years.

Cellcom is an innovative wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with nearly 70 retail and agent locations. Cellcom is respected for its long-standing reputation of delivering extraordinary customer care, being a strong community partner, and for its renowned network, which is customized to its rural markets. As a subsidiary of Nsight, Cellcom is part of a family of companies offering complete telecommunications services.