CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS INC

Rating: 4.78 stars   40 reviews

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Location: 243 Winter St Norwell MA 02061 USA

Mission: 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.
Results: 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
Programs: 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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

When two young siblings start a non-profit that has stayed strong for 10 years, provided amazing gifts to our military and their families, how can this result in anything but success! Because of the strong work ethic and the ability to dig in and get the job done, Cell Phones for Soldiers, Inc. is as strong today as when it began. I salute the Berquist family for a job well done and may they know that their hard work and dedication is appreciated by military members all over the world. You are a proud example of watching youth do amazing things for the world and you should be so proud of your accomplishments!

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Some Fast Facts about Cell Phones for Soldiers and Helping Heroes Home:

Since 2004, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided troops with more than 204 million minutes of free talk time and distributed more than 2.9 million international calling cards through its program, Minutes That Matter.

Since 2004, more than 11 million cell phones have been recycled, reducing the impact on landfills.

In 2013, Cell Phones For Soldiers distributed more than 23 million minutes of free talk time and more
than 380,000 calling cards!

A $5 donation warrants 2.5 hours of talk time; a $100.00 donation gives 50 hours or 3,000 minutes of talk time.

There are more than 3,100 public collection points across the nation.

In 2012, Cell Phones For Soldiers launched its newest program, Helping Heroes Home.
Helping Heroes Home provides emergency funds for returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships.

Since July 2012, Helping Heroes Home has assisted more than 2500 veterans and their families with emergency funding.

We are so proud to be able to continue to support our brave American troops and their families.
We couldn't do this without our volunteers and donors who so generously give of their time, energy, old cell phones, and funds to make life a bit easier for our service members and veterans. Thank you!!!

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Since 2004 Cell Phones for Soldiers has made a difference in the lives of our military members and their loved ones by helping them with their communication needs. We couldn't do this without our wonderful volunteers: individuals, businesses, schools, religious groups, military groups, and large corporations have made Cell Phones for Soldiers what it is today. Together, through the recycling of cell phones~ especially smart phones~ we have been able to provide millions of minutes of talk time. We look forward to continuing to assist our active duty troops as well as our returning veterans through Helping Heroes Home: www.helpingheroeshome.org. Thank you for your continued support!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I don't know all the details but I do know for an old cell phone that most of us would just throw away by donating to cell phones for soldiers th hey provide much needed talk time for deployed armed forces personnel to call there loved ones.
This is not about anything but allowing those who keep us and our families safe to contact their families.

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

N/A

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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CPFS is a great way for me to put to better use the unused cell phones laying around my home. So many soldiers are deployed without a way to call home. I love that they will convert my old phones into calling cards.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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CPFS is an organization that has made a huge difference in the lives our troops and their families. Check out the new initiative, Helping Heroes Home: www.helpingheroeshome.org

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Why didn't this charity respond to the BBB's request for information. While I'm sure they are doing good, I normally like to see what their % expenses are before I donate to any charity. It's great theye are helping our troops but what if their overhead is 50%?

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

What a great charity. They have been donating calling cards to our troops for years and just keep sending more. Plus, they recycle old cell phones and iPods to get the money for the cards. Good for the troops and good for the planet!

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

they're professionalism.

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

not...they are just right as is.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

someone sent a donation envelope along with their product return.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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2 people found this review helpful

I am a retired USAF military member and I wish they would have been around when I paid $9 - $12 / minute to call home - their service is to be totally commend - so uncharacteristic of the younger groups to step forward as the two founders did here and put together an organization as they have that has truly helped so many. they get my vote with 5 Stars

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

I see that most of the money they get goes to getting prepaid cards for the military in the Middle East.

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

Get them to push harder to get more organizations involved.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Via the Internet and word of mouth

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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1 person found this review helpful

Our Company started collecting phones last February. Had planned on doing it for a few months. Due to the over whelming response from our small town of less than 1000 people we are still collecting and have no plans on stopping. We have mailed in over 500 phones to date with more coming in each week.
This is a Great Organization and Proud to be a part of it!
Keep up the Great work! I highly recommend every American to join this great cause!

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

My Nephew and others in his troop received cards and were so pleased!

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

Wouldn't change a thing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is great! No only do they fulfill a need often overlooked by military support groups, but they also help the environment. I've donated many phones over the years and will continue to aid this effort.

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

recycling phones to benefit our troops overseas.

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

Grow the program to support veterans back home.

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