Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc

Rating: 4.78 stars   41 reviews 7,386

Nonprofit Issues:



243 Winter St Norwell MA 02061 USA


Cell Phones For Soldiers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing free means of communication to the men and women serving in the United States military.


Provided more than 90 million minutes of pre-paid calling cards Prevented more than 7.5 million phones from ending up in landfills Cell Phones for Soldiers mails approximately 10,000 calling cards a week

Target demographics:

troops and veterans.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

more than 380,000 troops and veterans with communication tools/calling cards


Minutes That Matter, the charity’s long-standing program, provides free calling cards to servicemen and women. Since 2004, the charity has provided more than 204 million minutes of free talk time for troops and veterans. On average, the charity fulfills 7,500 calling card requests each week. Helping Heroes Home, was created July 2012 to aid veterans with emergency financial assistance. The program assists with one-time emergency needs such as providing a cell phone and service; computer and internet; paying for rent to avoid eviction; imperative car repairs; and more.

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review
Invite Reviews Share This Nonprofit

See How 3Hrs Can Help

More Info


Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on

Reviews for Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc

Rating: 5 stars  

I run a small non-profit in memory of my husband who was killed in the 9/11 attacks. In addition to providing local assistance to families who need it, we support the military in a variety of ways, including sending care packages and hosting a large holiday party for families of the deployed, injured and fallen service members. CellPhones for Soldiers is always where we turn so we can include phone cards in the packages. CPFS has also made a generous donation to help support the holiday party. Additionally, they donate 500 - 1000 phone cards each September to Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund for our 9/11 Service project, when we send 500-1000 care packages to the deployed troops. CellPhones for Soldiers is how service members connect with their loved ones at home. They go above and beyond, sometimes providing ipads or phones to soldiers who need them in unique situations. CPFS founders, Brittany and Robbie (and their parents), are my personal heroes and a great example of how a basic idea CAN make a significant difference!

Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

To whom it may concern,
My boyfriend is a deployed soldier who is in the Marines told me the other day that he some how dropped his phone in water which has ruined his iphone; he now has no way to talk to his son. Is there anyway to get him a free donated iphone sent to him ASAP? my name is Debra Arnold please respond ASAP to my email address: angeldebra0214@ymail. com please help me to make it possible so this sad deployed soldier can talk to his son, it is Christmas and he won't be able to come home for Christmas. Please help make this Christmas special for this father and son.
Debra Arnold

Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I am the President of the KIWANIS Club of Poway and have been assisting with the collection of gently used cell phones as the Program Chair for the Cell-Phones-for-Soldiers (CPFS) organization. Our team of volunteers (Bob K., Dave M. & I) have it down to a science. Simply stated, Bob and I periodically collect the cell phones from collection boxes placed at our High School, Library, Local Banks and a few restaurants and then pass them on to Dave. Dave is our key volunteer for this program since he removes the batteries and also the sim cards from the phones, since many donors forget to remove both before donating their phone. Dave returns them to me and I obtain a prepaid shipping label from the CPFS organization so that (non-officer) military personnel stationed overseas can call their loved ones back home in the USA. As of today, our KIWANIS Club of Poway has collected over 2,600 cell phones since April 2012! Ten years ago our Poway City Council adopted the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion of the 1st Marine Division based at Camp Pendleton. These courageous men and women serving our country were able to utilize the 60 minute prepaid calling cards (each phone collected earns one 60 minute prepaid international calling card) while stationed on overseas duty, since their Family Readiness Officer (Michelle K) reached out to CPFS to obtain more than 300 calling cards for the 1st LAR Battalion unit. Last year, I was collecting a box of recyclable cell phones, and a mother of a military troop said she was really excited to learn about this great program and would have her son contact the CPFS organization to see if he could qualify in obtaining a phone card since he was stationed in the Middle East. This mother said she rarely spoke to her young 20 year old son because they had to limit their conversation to 3 minutes since the costs were prohibitive (she quoted me $40/minute). Tears filled my eyes since I am a mother and cannot imagine the feeling of being limited in speaking to my son/daughter for only 3 minutes twice a month. We often take freedom for granted but must remember to help those who continue to fight for freedom and democracy. If you have cell phones that are no longer being used, please donate them to the CPFS program. Website: http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/ THANK YOU.

God Bless America,

Joyce H., KIWANIS Club of Poway, President

Flag review
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I am speaking as a mother, I feel that if this program assisting soldiers did not exist, families would not be able to keep in touch with loved ones. It is important for people here at home, to hear, from our beloved soldiers here and abroad

Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I am from the corporate office of Pak Mail Centers of America, and our office and our nationwide franchised locations are long time supporters of Cell Phones for Soldiers. This organization is one of the most amazing non-profit operations that supports our military.

We recently teamed up with Cell Phones for Soldiers for a month-long phone donation drive for Military Appreciation Month this past May. Our franchisees look forward to helping boost cell phone donations, and when we have military-focused events, holidays, and everyday social media promotions, we always look for ways to team with with CPFS.

Pak Mail locations collect mobile phone donations and ship to Cell Phones for Soldiers partner, who refurbishes the phones to then provide calling cards for soldiers serving overseas. It is a program that all Pak Mail locations are proud to support, and we are proud to partner and support Cell Phones for Soldiers in any way that we can!

Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Hello, I was introduced to Cell Phones For Soldiers when my son was sent to OIF in 2005. I worked for a local "Bank" at that time that had a Veterans Team Member Network program and I became involved with them. While we were gathering items to send overseas to the troops I heard about this program. I gathered cell phones from our whole Division and then some from other Divisions and turned them in on a quarterly basis. I was able to speak to my son daily through his MOS being in communications, but the other men (USMarines) didn't have that luxury so I began sending them cards. It truly made their days knowing they could call home and talk with their friends and families, just to hear a familiar voice, and it was a free gift.

Our military gives so much for us, along with their families. This program has been a God send to those who had no other way to call home. The process of gathering these phones and submitting them to the addressed facility is all very simple..........

I would like to say thank you to the brother/sister team that created this option. You have done an absolutely awesome job and from what I recently read on your website you have started branching out for the Veterans that are returning home. Stick with it, we will continue to help you and our military, just keep us posted............. From a Very Proud USM MOM, I thank you. Georgina Turner, Salisbury NC 10202014

Would you volunteer for this group again?


For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?


When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I was first involved with Cell Phones for Soldiers as an employee of the company that processed the donated phones. I was so impressed with the dedication, hard work, compassion and caring of the organization and in particular the Bergquist family. Their tireless efforts have improved the lives of thousands of military men and women and their families. It is an honor to continue to support this organization as a donor and volunteer.

Flag review
1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by siblings, Brittany and Robbie Bergquist when they were just 12 and 13 years old. The mission of the charity is to provide free communications to troops before, during and after deployment. On average, Cell Phones for Soldiers provides over 7,000 prepaid calling cards every week. This enables military families to talk to their loved ones without creating a financial burden. Thousands of troops and their families have been given the priceless gift of a phone call home, as they defend our freedom across the globe.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

greeting troops at Pease AFB in New Hampshire as they are able to speak with their loved ones.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get them some more volunteer help to keep things running smoothly and to give the family a break.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing first hand the generosity of others, and the hard work of two incredible teenagers who cared enough about our troops to start this charity.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The Bergquist family and a handful of volunteers that make certain that troops have the ability to call their loved ones.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide a prepaid cell phone to every veteran that needs it.

Ways to make it better...

there were more awareness about the need and more people would donate their used cell phones or cash to support the charity.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the increasing needs of deployed troops, veterans and their families. As more are deployed, the need becomes greater on a daily basis.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the work of this organization is incredible. The Bergquist family manages to juggle full time jobs, school and social activities while running this charity from their home.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Flag review
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Beginning at a dining room table by 2 very compassionate teens, Cell Phones for Soldiers was born. This organization has provided that ever-important link to their loved ones at no cost while serving far from home. In my opinion, Cell Phones For Soldiers is the greatest non-profit for providing free calling cards to our service men and women.

Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have worked with Cell Phones For Soldiers since they were founded in 2004. They have changed the lives of thousands of military families by providing free calling cards to our troops which allow them to stay connected to their families while they are deployed all around the globe. Cell Phones For Soldiers has been the life mission of the Bergquist family for the last decade and as the charity enters its second decade they are expanding their mission to provide support to our military veterans through Helping Heroes Home, a sister organization to Cell Phones For Soldiers, This selfless family is devoted to giving back to our troops and veterans who have done so much for our great country.

Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

Cell Phones For Soldiers is a wonderful organization that provides free calling cards to our brave service men and women abroad so that they can call home for free. And it's all thanks to those volunteers and generous donors out there that collect and donate their old cell phones to the charity. Any active duty military member or veteran can request calling cards directly on their website. What a way to support our troops overseas so they can stay strong by connecting to their loved ones! They also support veterans in need with their sister charity Helping Heroes Home. Love this charity!

Flag review