About Us

Our Story

Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services and emergency funding to active-duty military members and veterans.

Since 2004, Cell Phones For Soldiers…

  • Has provided more than 220 million minutes of free talk time.
  • Since July 2012, Helping Heroes Home has assisted more than 2,800 veterans and their families with emergency funding.
  • Recycled more than 11.7 million cell phones, reducing the impact on landfills.
  • Mails approximately 1,500 calling cards each week.

For founder bios and fact sheet please click here.

On a Mission to Connect The Brave

April 2004
April 2004

At the age of 12 and 13, Robbie and Brittany Bergquist heard the story of a soldier returning from Iraq with a near $8,000 phone bill. They couldn’t believe that a man serving his country was not able to call his family for free. They decided to do something about it. With just $21 and some help from their parents, Cell Phones For Soldiers was born.

May 2004
May 2004

Cell Phones For Soldiers co-founders capitalized on a new fundraising initiative: recycling gently-used cell phones and utilizing the proceeds to fund the nonprofit’s mission.

November 2004
November 2004

In just five months, Cell Phones For Soldiers distributed $100,000 worth of calling cards to deployed troops.

December 2005
December 2005

Teen People magazine profiled Cell Phones For Soldiers Co-Founder Brittany Bergquist for a “20 Teens Who Will Change the World” feature as one of the most inspiring teenagers who has made efforts to change the world in the areas of entertainment, politics, sports, the environment and the media.

March 2006
March 2006

Brittany Bergquist met with President George Bush and members of America Supports You to share her goals and mission for Cell Phones For Soldiers.

June 2007
June 2007

Cell Phones For Soldiers was featured on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric

July 2007
July 2007

AT&T joined Cell Phones For Soldiers to help troops call home by collecting used cell phones in all of its retail stores.

November 2007
November 2007

Cell Phones For Soldiers’ co-founders appeared on The View

July 2008
July 2008

Cell Phones For Soldiers’ co-founders shared their mission with CNN’s Glenn Beck.

May 2009
May 2009

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, hosted by former First Lady Laura Bush, recognized Cell Phones For Soldiers Co-Founder Brittany Bergquist as one of America’s top-10 youth volunteers.

May 2010
May 2010

Cell Phones For Soldiers calling card program, Minutes That Matter, celebrated its 100 millionth calling card donated to servicemen and women.

May 2010
May 2010

General Motors partnered with Cell Phones For Soldiers to help provide precious connections for military members.

Jan 2010
Jan 2010

Friendship Home, a Massachusetts support facility that serves individuals with developmental disabilities, joined Cell Phones For Soldiers by becoming the organization’s calling card fulfillment center.

June 2011
June 2011

Robbie and Brittany Bergquist received the Jefferson Award for “Greatest Public Service by an Individual 35 Years or Under” in honor of their efforts to support men and women in uniform.

February 2012
February 2012

Cell Phones For Soldiers joined partner Santa Rita Wine to distribute thousands of calling cards to American troops during a military appreciation event at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.

July 2012
July 2012

Cell Phones For Soldiers launched its veterans program, Helping Heroes Home, to assist returning veterans with emergency fund needs, communication challenges and physical, emotional and assimilation hardships.

July 2013
July 2013

Cell Phones For Soldiers reached 11 million cell phones recycled.

October 2013
October 2013

Cell Phones For Soldiers, along with Capital One, donated 40,000 free international calling cards or 6 million minutes of talk time to five United States Army bases–Fort Belvoir, Fort Bliss, Fort Drum, Fort Lee and Fort Polk.

November 2013
November 2013

Cell Phones For Soldiers celebrated its 200 millionth minute donated to U.S. active-duty troops and veterans.

April 2014
April 2014

Cell Phones For Soldiers celebrated 10 years of providing precious connections for servicemen and women.

June 2014
June 2014

The New England Patriots recognized Cell Phones For Soldiers Co-Founder Robbie Bergquist with the Myra Kraft MVP Award for his outstanding and exceptional service to the Armed Forces of the United States.

June 2015
June 2015

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network recognized Robbie Bergquist with its Young Nonprofit Professional: Forging the Future award, for his work supporting military members for more than 11 years.