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Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc

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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

91 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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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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

Great Non-Profit. Highly respected and very beneficial to the veterans and deployed in need

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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.

1 Paul M.3

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.

3 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.

3 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.

2 Barbara236

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.