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November 13, 2015

Notes of Thanks

Leaving loved ones for deployment is difficult and unimaginable for many of us. This military spouse reminds us how priceless connecting with family truly is.

“I would just like to write as a wife of a recipient of your program. My husband left for Korea three days after we were married. With exercises and then a deployment (even though it was supposed to be a non-deployable assignment) our communication in the first few months of marriage was depressingly low.

I applied for a calling card and my husband was sent one. It wasn’t a lot of time but it was so appreciated. We are finding programs and apps to help with communication but during those early days, your phone card was such a blessing. Being a military spouse is harder than I ever could have imagined. I am very thankful for programs like yours that help ease the separation and loneliness. Thank you so much!” -Military Wife

Fun Facts About e-Waste and How Recycling is the Remedy

Electronic -waste or e-waste refers to all electronic goods that end up in the garbage. E-waste is two percent of the waste found in all landfills in America.  The toxicity released from these discarded goods amounts to 70 percent of toxic waste in the country. Many e-waste items can easily be reused or recycled preventing this toxicity.

e-Waste Definition

The actual amount of e-waste on the planet is widely debatable due to the scope of the term’s definition. Some people consider appliances, like microwaves, as types of e-waste, while others claim that only more modern, technological items such as computers and cellular phones are considered waste. All of these items have the potential to be hazardous to the public. In some states, the cathode ray tubes in both computer monitors and televisions are listed as hazardous materials that should be handled with care.

Waste Amount

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, e-waste is the fastest-growing type of municipal waste in the United States. Every year, between 20 and 50 million tons of e-waste are dumped around the world. In the United States landfills alone, more than 4.6 million tons of e-waste was accumulated during 2000 alone. Although countries in Europe have introduced laws to eliminate e-waste, the United States is not alone in generating this massive amount of waste. In Hong Kong, 10 to 20 percent of computers end up in landfills as well. Many developed countries also violate international law by exporting their electronic discards to lesser developed nations.

Environmental and Health Impact

When e-waste breaks down over time several harmful chemicals are released in the air. Mercury, lead and cadmium are some of the particularly harmful heavy metals that end up in the atmosphere. Flame retardants and beryllium are also contaminants of concern. These toxic substances end up in the human food chain eventually, presenting alarming harms to the environment, animal and plant health, and human health. Some of the most dangerous items that emit these toxins include LCD displays from televisions, laptop and desktop computers. Plasma television sets and portable CD players are also among the top gadgets with the biggest environmental impact.

Recycling E -Waste

Although less than 13 percent of all e-waste is recycled, recycling can save an amazing amount of energy and resources. By recycling just one million cellular phones, 75 pounds of gold can be recovered. The same number of recycled cellular phones provides more than 35,000 pounds of copper, as well as more than 700 pounds of silver. When one million laptops are recycled, the energy saved is comparable to the electricity used in more than 3,000 homes in an entire year. VCRs, audio-visual equipment, stereos and other electronics are also recyclable.

Recycling e-waste is simple. Recycling a cell phone with Cell Phones for Soldiers will not only keep harmful materials out of landfills but will also help our troops call home. Most communities offer an electronic recycling program to residents. Contact your local government to find out about electronic recycling programs in your neighborhood. There are also office supply stores and online companies that offer recycling services.

November 17, 2015

ONTARIO PARKWAY KIWANIS COLLECTS ITS 4,000TH PHONE IN SUPPORT OF CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS


KiwanisONTARIO, Cali.
 (Nov. 10) Just in time for Veterans Day, the Ontario Parkway Kiwanis are proud to announce a milestone in its mission to support America’s bravest. In a little more than five years the volunteer organization recently donated its 4,000th gently-used cellphone to the national nonprofit Cell Phones For Soldiers.

Under the leadership of Ken Morse, the Kiwanis work with 32 public drop-off sites to support its mission. Since 2011, the group’s support has provided more than 392,000 minutes of free talk time for troops and veterans to connect with loved ones.

“Literally these troops are giving everything they have and sometimes they don’t come home,” said Ken Morse. “When you went to bed last night, you slept good because you don’t have the same worries as our deployed troops. The least we can do is to send a free calling card to help them connect with their loved ones back home. That’s why we continue to serve our military members with this project each year.”

Cell Phones For Soldiers was founded in 2004 by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist at the ages of 12 and 13 after they heard the story of a local soldier with an almost $8,000 cell phone bill. They decided to help this one man with just $21 of their own money and Cell Phones For Soldiers was born from there.

The charity has since provided more than 216 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world through its calling card program, Minutes That Matter. Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones For Soldiers distributes 1,500 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals.

“Each year we have been humbled by the amount of people and organizations like Ken Morse and the Ontario Parkway Kiwanis that take the initiative to support our military members,” said co-founder Robbie Bergquist. “The continued support and patriotism from Ken and his fellow Kiwanis allows Cell Phones For Soldiers to continue to provide free means of communication to our troops and veterans.”

For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones For Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops.

Since 2004, more than 11.7 million phones have been recycled or repurposed. Approximately half of the phones processed are reconditioned and reused. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and responsibly recycled to reclaim materials, including:

  • Gold, silver and platinum from circuit boards
  • Copper wiring from phone chargers
  • Nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs

For more information, please visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

 ABOUT CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS INC.

Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc. is a national nonprofit dedicated to serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 216 million “Minutes That Matter” to servicemen and women. Since 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” has provided emergency funds for more than 2,800 veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com,

Media Contacts:

Erin McCloskey

ASPIRE Communications for Cell Phones For Soldiers

(336) 207-5222

[email protected]

Ken Morse

Ontario Parkway Kiwanis

(909) 731-5571

[email protected]

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November 12, 2015

CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS AND AT&T EQUIP VETERANS AT UNION GOSPEL MISSION WITH FREE PHONES AND SERVICE

Union Gospel MissionDALLAS (Nov. 11, 2015) – On Nov. 11 as the country celebrates Veterans Day, Cell Phones For Soldiers and AT&T continued its mission of connecting America’s bravest to the people they love and to the opportunities they deserve.

Cell Phones For Soldiers, a national nonprofit focused on the communication needs of troops and veterans, and long-time supporter AT&T donated 200 calling cards and cellphones with one year of AT&T service to veterans staying at the Union Gospel Mission in Dallas.

In addition to the needed communication tools, more than 40 volunteers prepared and served meals for the veteran residents and assisted with facility tasks, such as cleaning, painting and gardening.

Since 1949, the Union Gospel Mission has provided housing services to homeless veterans, supporting up to 54 at a time.

“We had the honor of working with Union Gospel Mission in 2014 and saw firsthand the tremendous work they do with veterans,” said Robbie Bergquist, co-founder of Cell Phones For Soldiers. “These communication tools are truly a lifeline to reconnect with family and provide a veteran with a personal phone number for potential employers to call.”

“Our Veterans have our deepest gratitude for the service they have given on behalf of all Americans and those around the world that love freedom,” said William Thompson, Executive Director of the Union Gospel Mission of Dallas. “We must be sure to make available to them the best we have to offer.  The ability to connect by phone to loved ones, jobs, well-deserved benefits and future opportunity is one small expression of our appreciation.  God bless our Vets!”

AT&T is committed to serving the communities where it operates, and in 2014 alone, employees and retirees volunteered more than 5.6 million hours of time in their communities. Since 2007, AT&T, the AT&T Foundation and AT&T’s customers have donated more than $4.6 million to support Cell Phones For Soldiers.

For 11 years, Cell Phones For Soldiers has served as a lifeline for America’s bravest. Its Helping Heroes Home program provides one-time emergency needs to help veterans transition to post-combat life. From cellphones to use for job searches, to computers for communication with family, these tools assist in the fight to improve the lives of veterans.

For more information, please visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

Media Contacts:

Erin McCloskey                                                                       Adriana Bernal

Cell Phones For Soldiers                                                         AT&T Public Affairs

[email protected]                                             [email protected]

(336) 207-5222                                                                                   (512) 457-2380

ABOUT CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS INC.

Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 216 million “Minutes That Matter” to servicemen and women. Since 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” has provided emergency funds for more than 2,800 veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com, Facebook, TwitterGoogle+Pinterest

 About Community Engagement at AT&T

At AT&T, Community Engagement means engaging our employees to build healthy, connected and thriving communities where we live and do business. Employees are focused on three key issues: improving educational outcomes, building sustainable communities and promoting the responsible use of technology. Last year, AT&T employees and retirees volunteered more than 5.6 million hours of time in community outreach activities worth more than $126 million and pledged more than $36 million for charities of their choice through employee giving. Employees also committed to more than 47,000 sustainable choices through Do One Thing (DOT), which invites employees to make small, everyday choices that add up to a big positive impact for themselves, the community and/or the company.

 

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CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS AND AT&T CELEBRATE VETERANS AT BLUE BUTTERFLY VILLAGE ON NOV. 11

BBV 17San Pedro, Calif. (Nov.11, 2015) – On Nov. 11 as the country celebrates Veterans Day, Cell Phones For Soldiers (CPFS) and AT&T helped connect America’s bravest to the people they love and to the opportunities they deserve in day of service and giving at Volunteer of America’s Blue Butterfly Village, a 73 unit townhouse community providing services to homeless veterans in San Pedro.

Cell Phones For Soldiers (CPFS), a national nonprofit focused on the communication needs of troops and veterans, and long-time supporter AT&T donated 200 donated calling cards, cell phones with service and needed household items including sheets, towels and cleaning supplies to benefit resident veterans.  In addition to the needed donations, AT&T and CPFS employee volunteers cleaned outdoor areas, gardened and started seeds in the greenhouse.

“The donations for Blue Butterfly Village are critical needs for our veterans,” said Robbie Bergquist, co-founder of Cell Phones For Soldiers. “We are honored to provide this support with AT&T and look forward to continuing our mission of providing a lifeline for America’s bravest.”

“Staying connected with family, friends and opportunities is especially important for homeless veterans,” said Ken McNeely, President AT&T California. “This Veteran’s Day, AT&T is proud to join Cell Phones for Soldiers in donating calling cards and other supplies to help make those connections possible for more veterans. We thank and salute the residents of Blue Butterfly Village, and all those who have served.”

“We are encouraged by the support of Cell Phones For Soldiers, AT&T and its employees”, said Bob Pratt, president of Volunteers of America Los Angeles. “Solving the problem of homelessness among veterans is a national priority that will take public and private entries coming together to offer housing and services for our heroes.”

AT&T is committed to serving the communities where it operates, and in 2014 alone, employees and retirees volunteered more than 5.6 million hours of time in their communities. Since 2007, AT&T, the AT&T Foundation and AT&T’s customers have donated more than $4.6 million to support Cell Phones For Soldiers.

For 11 years, Cell Phones For Soldiers has served as a lifeline for America’s bravest. Its Helping Heroes Home program provides one-time emergency needs to help veterans transition to post-combat life. From cellphones to use for job searches, to computers for communication with family, these tools assist in the fight to improve the lives of veterans.

For more information, please visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

Media Contacts:

Erin McCloskey                                                                       Elizabeth Valles

Cell Phones For Soldiers                                                        AT&T

[email protected]                                         [email protected]

(336) 207-5222                                                                       (310) 425-2075

 

ABOUT CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS INC.

Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 216 million “Minutes That Matter” to servicemen and women. Since 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” has provided emergency funds for more than 2,800 veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com, Facebook, TwitterGoogle+Pinterest

About Community Engagement at AT&T

At AT&T, Community Engagement means engaging our employees to build healthy, connected and thriving communities where we live and do business. Employees are focused on three key issues: improving educational outcomes, building sustainable communities and promoting the responsible use of technology. Last year, AT&T employees and retirees volunteered more than 5.6 million hours of time in community outreach activities worth more than $126 million and pledged more than $36 million for charities of their choice through employee giving. Employees also committed to more than 47,000 sustainable choices through Do One Thing (DOT), which invites employees to make small, everyday choices that add up to a big positive impact for themselves, the community and/or the company.

 

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CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS AND AT&T CELEBRATE VETERANS AT PENNYROYAL VETERANS CENTER ON NOV. 11

PENNYROYAL VETERANS CENTERHopkinsville, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2015) – On Nov. 11 as the country celebrates Veterans Day, Cell Phones For Soldiers and AT&T continued its mission of connecting America’s bravest to the people they love and to the opportunities they deserve.

Cell Phones For Soldiers, a national nonprofit focused on the communication needs of troops and veterans, and long-time supporter AT&T donated 200 calling cards, a catered lunch and needed household items like sheets, towels, clothing and more to benefit resident veterans.

In addition to the needed donations, numerous AT&T and community volunteers served a meal to the veteran residents and did a variety of jobs around the center.

Since 2012, the Pennyroyal Veterans Center has provided services to homeless veterans housing up to 50 at a time.

“The donated calling cards, household items and a warm meal make a world of difference for veterans in need,” said Robbie Bergquist, co-founder of Cell Phones For Soldiers. “On Veterans Day and every day, we salute these brave individuals for their sacrifice and service to our country.”

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to give back to these men and women who have given so much to our nation,” said Hood Harris, president of AT&T Kentucky. “AT&T has an historic commitment to supporting our nation’s veterans, and veterans have always been strong members of our team here in Kentucky and nationwide.”

“The Pennyroyal Veterans Center assists homeless veterans in becoming self-sufficient, by providing them with transitional housing, case management, substance abuse and mental health treatment, as well as job training and placement.” said Pennyroyal Veterans Center Administrator Jeff Broadbent. “Since March of 2012, we have served approximately 500 veterans, many of whom arrive here with only what they are wearing. The blankets, towels, gloves, shirts, and beanies that have been donated today will be given to those veterans that need the items as they begin their journey to become self-sufficient.”

AT&T is committed to serving the communities where it operates, and in 2014 alone, employees and retirees volunteered more than 5.6 million hours of time in their communities. Since 2007, AT&T, the AT&T Foundation and AT&T’s customers have donated more than $4.6 million to support Cell Phones For Soldiers.

For 11 years, Cell Phones For Soldiers has served as a lifeline for America’s bravest. Its Helping Heroes Home program provides one-time emergency needs to help veterans transition to post-combat life. From cellphones to use for job searches, to computers for communication with family, these tools assist in the fight to improve the lives of veterans.

For more information, please visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

Media Contacts:

Erin McCloskey                                                                       Cathy Lewandowski

Cell Phones For Soldiers                                                         AT&T Corporate Communications

[email protected]                                         [email protected]

(336) 207-5222                                                                         (615) 214-5874

 

ABOUT CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS INC.

Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 216 million “Minutes That Matter” to servicemen and women. Since 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” has provided emergency funds for more than 2,800 veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com, Facebook, TwitterGoogle+Pinterest

 

About Community Engagement at AT&T

At AT&T, Community Engagement means engaging our employees to build healthy, connected and thriving communities where we live and do business. Employees are focused on three key issues: improving educational outcomes, building sustainable communities and promoting the responsible use of technology. Last year, AT&T employees and retirees volunteered more than 5.6 million hours of time in community outreach activities worth more than $126 million and pledged more than $36 million for charities of their choice through employee giving. Employees also committed to more than 47,000 sustainable choices through Do One Thing (DOT), which invites employees to make small, everyday choices that add up to a big positive impact for themselves, the community and/or the company.

 

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November 11, 2015

CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS AND AT&T DONATE PHONES, GIFT CARDS & HOUSEHOLD ITEMS TO HOMELESS VETERANS IN MINNESOTA

 

AT&T Veterans & Cell Phones for SoldiersMINNEAPOLIS (November 11, 2015) – As the country celebrates Veterans Day, Cell Phones For Soldiers and AT&T continued its mission of connecting America’s bravest to the people they love and to the opportunities they deserve.

Cell Phones For Soldiers and long-time supporter AT&T donated cellphones with a year service, a catered dinner, funds for gas and food gift cards, and needed household items like sheets, pillows and towels to benefit homeless veterans being served by the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) in Minneapolis.

AT&T volunteers served a meal to the veteran residents and spent time in conversation learning about family, past experiences and more.

“The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans has made a tremendous difference in the lives of veterans,” said Robbie Bergquist, co-founder of Cell Phones For Soldiers. “We applaud their work and hope the invaluable donations can positively impact the brave individuals who have sacrificed so much for our country.”

AT&T is committed to serving the communities where it operates, and in 2014 alone, employees and retirees volunteered more than 5.6 million hours of time in their communities. Since 2007, AT&T, the AT&T Foundation and AT&T’s customers have donated more than $4.6 million to support Cell Phones For Soldiers.

“For over 100 years, AT&T has been committed to showing our support for our troops and our veterans each and every day,” said Paul Weirtz, president of AT&T Minnesota and a Marine.  “We are very proud to support MACV’s mission to provide a helping hand to our homeless veterans and help them get back on their feet.”

Since 1990, the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans has provided services to homeless veterans or those experiencing a crisis that could lead to homelessness.

“The challenges faced by homeless veterans or those in crisis are complicated and when facing them alone, often insurmountable,” said Kathleen Vitalis, president and CEO of the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans.  “Donations like these offer them hope as they work at rebuilding their lives and it reminds them that people care.  May our hands never be so busy that we can’t reach out.  Thank YOU for reaching out today.”

Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit focused on the communication needs of troops and veterans.  For 11 years, Cell Phones For Soldiers has served as a lifeline for America’s bravest. Its Helping Heroes Home program provides one-time emergency needs to help veterans transition to post-combat life. From cellphones to use for job searches, to computers for communication with family, these tools assist in the fight to improve the lives of veterans.

For more information, please visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

Media Contacts:

Erin McCloskey                                                                       Jessica Erickson

Cell Phones For Soldiers                                                        AT&T

[email protected]                                         [email protected]

(336) 207-5222                                                                        (608) 692-5340

ABOUT CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS INC.

Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 216 million “Minutes That Matter” to servicemen and women. Since 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” has provided emergency funds for more than 2,800 veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com, Facebook, TwitterGoogle+Pinterest

About Community Engagement at AT&T

At AT&T, Community Engagement means engaging our employees to build healthy, connected and thriving communities where we live and do business. Employees are focused on three key issues: improving educational outcomes, building sustainable communities and promoting the responsible use of technology. Last year, AT&T employees and retirees volunteered more than 5.6 million hours of time in community outreach activities worth more than $126 million and pledged more than $36 million for charities of their choice through employee giving. Employees also committed to more than 47,000 sustainable choices through Do One Thing (DOT), which invites employees to make small, everyday choices that add up to a big positive impact for themselves, the community and/or the company.

About Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV)

 Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been assisting veterans since 1990. Each year MACV receives more than 25,000 contacts, inquiries and requests from veterans across the state. The mission of MACV is to provide assistance throughout Minnesota to positively motivated veterans and their families who are homeless or experiencing other life crisis. It is estimated that 1% of the veterans in this state, or close to 4,000, will experience an episode of homelessness, or an event that could lead to homelessness this year. MACV is there to assist. Many homeless and veterans’ organizations recognize MACV’s transitional and permanent housing programs as a model for the nation. We have a passion for serving those in Minnesota who first served us. For more information visit www.mac-v.org

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November 10, 2015

Lease Advisors Continues to Support Troops and Veterans during the 2015 Holiday Season

Lease AdvisorsLos Angeles, Calif. (November 10, 2015) – Lease Advisors is bridging the communication gap between U.S. military personnel and their families this holiday season. Through the Lease Advisors Community program, the Los Angeles-based lease acquisition firm will continue to provide prepaid calling cards to local veterans and active-duty servicemen and women currently deployed.

Earlier this year, Lease Advisors pledged to donate pre-paid calling cards to military installations across the nation. This initiative, announced in partnership with Cell Phones for Soldiers (CPFS), has donated more than 200 prepaid calling cards during the first 90 days of implementation. That equates to more than 12,000 minutes of free international airtime for families currently separated by deployment.

For every cellular and billboard lease acquired by the firm, a donation is made in joint participation with Lease Advisors’ clients to the military installation in the region where the lease is held. These donations are key in enabling active-duty and veteran military personnel to communicate with their loved ones during their time away from home.

“All too often it’s the little things that matter the most that get overlooked,” said Lease Advisors CEO, Jarred Saba. “Something as simple as a phone call with a loved one can make all the difference in the world, and that is why we are proud to have joined in this partnership with CPFS, giving back to the local communities in which we conduct business.”

Cell Phones for Soldiers was created by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist of Norwell, Massachusetts, as a measure to show appreciation to the servicemen and servicewomen who sacrifice family time to secure the freedom and protection of Americans everywhere. Since 2004, CPFS’s Minutes That Matter initiative has provided more than 216 million minutes of free talk time for troops and veterans.

About Lease Advisors

Lease Advisors is a premier lease consultancy firm based in Los Angeles, California. Since 2008, Lease Advisors has used its knowledge of the ground lease market to work extensively with landlords, real estate investors, businesses, non-profit organizations and municipalities across the nation; assisting them with lease negotiations, acquisitions, financial and real estate issues pertaining to telecom and billboard leases. For more information, please visit www.leaseadvisors.com.

 

 

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