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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.

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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.


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!

3 gailbergquist

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!