Appleton, WI (October 25, 2016) –Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance (FWWA) has been selected as a 2016 Cellcom Green Gift recipient. The non-profit received a $1500 Green Gift from Cellcom to support its annual Watershed Cleanup.

FWWA is an independent, nonprofit organization that identifies issues and advocates for effective policies that protect, restore and sustain the water resources of the Fox-Wolf River Basin. The group hosts a cleanup event each year in the public spaces around Lake Winnebago, Lake Butte des Morts, and the Fox, Wolf, and Embarrass Rivers. The 2017 cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017—on Earth Day.

“The Green Gift from Cellcom will help us recruit more than 600 volunteers to remove garbage from our local watershed. While there is a direct benefit to our area waterways, there is also a lot of educational impact through our outreach events to recruit volunteers,” said Jessica Schultz, Executive Director of FWWA. “As a community, we share our water resources and need to take responsibility for their care. This hands-on event is very eye opening for our volunteers and raises their level of awareness about the impact of pollution on these bodies of water.”

The Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance was among 22 green organizations that received a share of the $37,800 in Green Gifts from Cellcom this year. The Green Gifts program launched in 2010 and uses funds generated from Cellcom’s cell phone recycling program to fund green nonprofit initiatives. Customers and community members 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’s Green Gift program completes the green cycle that starts with consumers being environmentally-conscious and donating their devices.

 The 2016 Cellcom Green Gifts were awarded to non-profits throughout Cellcom’s service area and included Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve (Appleton), Heckrodt Wetland Reserve (Menasha), Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance (Appleton), Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay, NEW Zoo & Adventure Park (Suamico), Greater Green Bay YMCA, River District Development Foundation (Merrill), Northland Pines Farm to School Program (Eagle River), Trees for Tomorrow (Eagle River), Wild Instincts (Rhinelander), Open Door Bird Sanctuary (Sturgeon Bay), Woodland Dunes Nature Center (Two Rivers), Crossroads at Big Creek, Inc. (Sturgeon Bay), Kelly Lake Advancement Association (Suring), Navarino Nature Center, Stockbridge Munsee Community (Bowler), Wisconsin Waterfowl Association (Abrams), The Etude Group (Sheboygan), Bookworm Gardens (Sheboygan), Maywood Environmental Park (Sheboygan), Friends of Mead/McMillan Association (Milladore), and Boys & Girls Club of Portage County (Stevens Point).

Cellcom is proud to support organizations of all sizes, whose work is impacting the community and building a greener tomorrow. The company’s recycling program has generated $266,975 for local charities over the past 13 years.

 

Cellcom is an innovative wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with 60 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.