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Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

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 220 million minutes of pre-paid calling cards Prevented more than 13 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 50,000 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 220 million minutes of free talk time for troops and veterans. On average, the charity fulfills 2,500 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.

Community Stories

110 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I continue to feel honored to serve on the Cell Phones for Soldiers’ Board of Directors.
We appreciate the hard work of the thousands of volunteers across the country who have made a difference in the lives of our active duty military as well as veterans.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization that continues to make a difference in the lives of our brave American troops. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your mission.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This longstanding family run charity has provided thousands of people who serve our country with a line of communication to their loved ones while also acting as an environmental advocate via safe device recycling. A truly excellent organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cell Phones for Soldiers consistently provides necessary lines of communication for men and women serving overseas at no cost to the recipient -- It is easy to donate, request calling cards, or ask questions of the Bergquist family, who continue to run this charity out of their home. A truly grassroots organization from top to bottom!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cell Phones for Soldiers continues to serve the military community with their communication needs.
The website is easy to use and shipping of donated cellphones is free!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Cell Phones for Soldiers has been assisting troops and their families as well as veterans and their loved ones for over 16 years!
I’m proud to be a member of the team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization to work with! I'm proud to help bridge communication gaps for our troops and our veterans in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I received phone cards from Cell Phone for Soldiers when I was deployed. I really appreciate this service.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great cause! Not only does Cell Phones For Soldiers help vets and soldiers with phones but also helps to keep phones from getting thrown in the trash. Phones donated to Cell Phones For Soldiers get recycled and help the charity greatly.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve volunteered for Cell Phones for Soldiers since it began in 2004.
For 15 years, the commitment to making a difference in the lives of American military members and their families continues.
With the addition of Helping Heroes Home, veterans needing emergency assistance are also served.
I’m proud to be associated with this great nonprofit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing nonprofit organization that I’m proud to assist. My company collects phones at our office and I’ve also brought the program to my sons’ school. It’s easy to coordinate a phone drive and the shipping is free! What a great way to give back to our brave service members.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization that pays for the shipping of your cell phones to their facility.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a veteran, I benefited from receiving assistance through the Helping Heroes Home program. Great organization!

Donor

Rating: 5

Great mission. Donated my cell at one of their drop offs in my town.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They have over 4K drop off locations to drop off your phones. Check out their website to find one near you. My business collects for them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Cell Phones for Soldiers was a great way to get rid of my families old phones. Very easy very cool mission always love supporting our troops.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organization! Raising funds to support our troops is admirable. I have worked them for years and intend to continue.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great Non Profit!!! Veterans benefit from the wireless services and mobile devices to make the needed call and communication daily

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great Charity!!!! I have been involved with Cell Phones For Soldiers for over 3 years and looking forward to many more

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Randolph Firefighters L1268 have been a supporter of this registered nonprofit since 2005. Their core goal is to provide free cell phone minutes via calling cards to our deployed military families at no cost to them. Every recycled cell phone enables them to continue with this mission. To date we have shipped over 7500 cell phones so our service men and women can remain in touch with one another. We continue to be just as committed to this charity as they are to helping our troops.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great org great people doing important work 4 our military

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have known them from the beginning of their reach. We have donated each of our phones to the cause, knowing everything they do is to help the soldier/sailor/marine and airman! We admire their dedication having continued this effort for more than 14 years.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An outstanding organization that genuinely should be considered extended family to all military personnel and their families.Owned and operated by a family that strives to being part of the solution in helping veterans. With a tremendous amount of honor and respect I finish with this. May GOD bless the entire staff and the owners of this front page organization thank you for all the help you give.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Cell Phones for Soldiers started as some kids trying to do a nice thing, and it could have ended as a wonderful one-time gesture. But those kids are now adults, and their work has continued for more than a decade. As a Defense Department employee, I know how much joy Cell Phones for Soldiers has brought to our nation's service members. That has been their sole motive from the beginning, and they have remained true to it over the years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so glad to be a part of this wonderful organization! Cell Phones For Soldiers is an amazing organization that makes such a huge difference for active duty military members. I have heard firsthand from deployed troops how much the calling cards have helped them stay in touch with loved ones while serving overseas. This organization also greatly helps veterans who cannot afford phones through the Cell Phones For Soldiers phone program!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My family and I have been donating to this charity for years. We have seen first hand what it can do to help our brave men and women. Great work guys, keep it up!

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Donor

Rating: 5

What an amazing charity that helps our soldiers keep in touch with there families and friends. they put a lot of effort in what they do and work hard everyday to keep trying to do more.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Just received a batch of their cards in the mail. Such a great service, much needed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Got some of their cards overseas from a care package. Really meant a lot. Thanks guys.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Cell Phones for Soldiers is such a wonderful nonprofit. We're so proud to support them and LOVE sending donations to them. Gail & Bob stopped in our store with a framed certificate which made all of our employees feel appreciated. They're great people doing wonderful work for our bravest.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Raising money for Cell Phones For Soldiers was an incredible Opportunity. They do amazing work and truly make an impact for our service men and women as well as veterans.

5 Phillip A.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Robbie has done amazing things for the charity. What a great cause! Keep it up Arby!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Some of the most caring people I've ever met in my life, truly dedicated to the cause and their craft. It was a pleasure and a joy to witness the dedication in person. Excellent work and please keep it up!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cell Phones for Soldiers has provided tens of thousands of military members with invaluable conversations with loved ones while on deployment for over 10 years. I have personally, and honorably volunteered for this organization several times and know the founding family well.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cell Phones for Soldiers continues to provide an important service to our troops overseas. Being able to call home should never be a worry and this charity does a tremendous job ensuring that is, in fact,the case. CPFS has demonstrated a long-term commitment to this cause and putting our troops first.

4 Beth Soule M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known the founders of CPFS since they were babies, and it is incredible to see the adults they have grown into and the time and effort they put into their philanthropic endeavours. From the concept to the execution, CPFS has connected countless amounts of soldiers with their families, while also reducing waste and recycling the phones. Truly inspirational!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Cell Phones for Soldiers is a nonprofit with staying power. They've been around for over a decade and have a track record of providing consistent assistance to men and women who are serving our country both in the United States and abroad. One of the things I always check when making a donation is what a charity's overhead is. Cell Phones for Soldiers still maintains an incredibly low overhead cost, which allows a majority of an individual's donation to go toward the cause they intend to help. I am confident that not only is my money going as far as possible, but also that each time I donate to Cell Phones for Soldiers the calling cards provided will keep families in contact during what amounts to a very stressful and difficult time.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I work with this organization to get the word out about its amazing mission. There are so many benefits: Helping the troops stay connected with home during deployment (and helping to keep their morale high!); helping our incredible veterans adjust to civilian life; and keeping harmful electronic waste out of our landfills!

Working with Cell Phones For Soldiers is so rewarding!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As the Mom of co-founders, Brittany and Robbie Bergquist, I continue to be amazed by the outpouring of support for our troops from our supporters and volunteers throughout the country.
Since 2004, as a family, we have been so proud to be able to help our brave military members.
Our additional program, Helping Heroes Home, enables us to assist our needy veterans.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Cell Phone's for Soldiers is a wonderful organization to work with. They make it as easy as possible to make your donations and provide a wonderful service to our Military.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great mission! Donated my cell phone today at one of their drop off locations.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Cell Phones for Soldiers has donated hundreds of calling cards to be placed into my care packages.
It is run by a fantastic family who has kept it very grassroots while providing so much to our military members.
I love this organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Growing up as a military child, I often went long periods of time without seeing my dad. We didn't have cell phones then. Now, Cell Phones for Soldiers gives families a line of communication, that we previously never had. I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to work with such a caring and giving organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cell Phones For Soldiers is great company, supporting a great cause! I am proud to support CPFS, as I appreciate their dedication/passion for providing our Soldiers with free communication services and emergency funding, all while protecting the environment through utilizing proper recycling methods in processing all cell phones that are donated.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm so proud to be part of an organization that does so much for active duty military members through Cell Phones for Soldiers and Minutes That Matter as well as helping our veterans through the Helping Heroes Home program.
We couldn't continue without the wonderful efforts of our volunteers throughout the country who set up drop off sites to collect used cell phones. Thank you for your support!

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Donor

Rating: 5

They really go above and beyond the call of duty. It is a great service they provide and it has helped multiple people I know.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I think this is a fantastic organization that not only helps our troops but improves our environment as well! How fantastic!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization and a great cause, thank you for everything you do for our military!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a veteran of the US Air Force this charity means a lot to myself as well as fellow veterans and active service members.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Cell Phones is a Great Charity! I have gotten the privilege to see the inner workings of their process, and they are defiantly dedicated to providing the best service. From the moment the donation is received all the way until the benefits of the charity are given to our armed forces overseas, every phone is tracked maliciously to ensure data security. Their sorting and data sanitation process is nothing short of incredible! It's truly amazing to see how much effort goes into the processing of these phones to generate a great finished product. what is inst there to like? They turn our a great product, and it benefits our armed forces over seas!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

amazing thing that they are doing for the soldiers and the handling of the phones is amazing!!!!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Cell Phones for Soldiers is a solid nonprofit organization with a mission second to none.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great way to help those who help us everyday. Cell Phones For Soldiers is a wonderful nonprofit that discovered a way to give back!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I purchased 2 phones that were originally donated to Cell Phones for Soldiers and then refurbished by Dynamic Tech Direct. I love supporting as great cause and reusing vs buying new! My partner is a disabled veteran, and I feel good knowing I can support the soldiers and their loved ones!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cell Phones for Soldiers is a fantastic organization and really works hard for what they believe in. Assisting soldiers in any form is a great thing because the should be recognized and helped out in any way that we can. They definitely do things the right way. Thank you for all that you do!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I would recommend Cell Phones For Soldiers to anyone! They help soldiers in need when they return from duty and help them stay connected with the people they love while oversees defending our country. Further they help us reuse or recycle our phones responsibly when we don't know what else to do with them. Feel good twice...

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love what you guys do! Feels good to know there are still organizations helping people like you guys!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is one of the best I have seen around. They are exceptionally well at what they do and are very dedicated to helping the soldiers. I would highly recommend helping them out and being apart of who they are!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great non-profit organization. They took my old useless cell phone and turned it into a calling card so my son could call home from Iraq. GREAT JOB!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization and a great cause. CPFS made disposal of our old phones easy and we're glad it benefits our service members.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can't imagine being unable to speak to my family. What Cell Phones for Soldiers is doing to connect those serving our freedom with the ones they love the most is a wonderful thing!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cell Phones for Soldiers is an excellent charity. Thank you for providing our service men and women the means to call home!

Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Cell Phones For Soldiers over a year ago. After researching this organization, I found that what they do for soldiers overseas is awesome! Giving our troops the opportunity to call back home and speak with family members (and not have to pay thousands of dollars) is just a great program. If you can, please donate to Cell Phone For Soldiers. It's very easy and doesn't take much time.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about Cell Phones for Soldiers. With friends and family of my own serving in the military, I can tell you that communication with family for these men and women are essential to their well being. I'm not sure where some of these soldiers would be personally if they didn't have access to services such as this. "Thank you" is a small gesture in light of the massive impact Cell Phones for Soldiers has for our loved ones in harms way. Keep up the great work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Cell Phones for Soldiers made getting rid of our family's old cell phones easy, secure, and comforting knowing that our material was being handled properly, and the proceeds would benefit a great cause.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I graduated high school in 2001. Many of my friends joined the military immediately after graduation to help pay for college, to try and make a career out of it, for the benefits, or to serve the country they love. But it was peace time, and none of them expected to fight. Especially those who joined the National Guard. September 11th, 2001 changed all of that for all Americans. But specifically many of my friends who were now looking at deployments in hostile lands, and combat they never thought they'd see. Cell Phones for Soldiers was a blessing for several of my friends. What a fantastic idea, that became an amazing organization. Helping so many American patriots and hero's would have been enough in and of itself, but the environmental impact they are having by recycling the unused phones they receive is icing on the proverbial cake. I now work for a company that does much business with Cell Phones for Soldiers, Dynamic Recycling, and I think I can speak for everyone and say we are proud to be a small part of such an amazing group of people. Helping our warriors stay in contact with those they love, while helping preserve our planet for generations to come. Cell Phones for Soldiers has a bright future, and they help keep the home fires bright for those that protect us from afar.