CU Solutions Group’s Invest in America and GM Team Up To Support Cell Phones for Soldiers (Misc News: June 22, 2011)
General Motors Co., Invest in America and more than 270 credit unions across the country are supporting the 150,000 U.S. troops currently stationed overseas by collecting used cell phones. Credit union members can support the collection drive by donating their phones at more than 700 participating credit union branches. Participating credit unions will receive their materials in early July.
“Invest in America is proud to support U.S. soldiers, teaming up with GM to contribute to a worthy cause like Cell Phones for Soldiers,” says David Adams, chief executive officer of CU Solutions Group which runs the Invest in America program. “Not-for-profit credit unions are deeply connected to their communities, so we support American companies and American troops overseas.”
In 2004, 13- and 15-year-old Robbie and Brittany Bergquist of Norwell, Mass., founded Cell Phones for Soldiers with $21 of their own money. Since then, the non-profit has raised millions of dollars in donations and distributed millions of prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas. Cell Phone for Soldiers hopes to collect more than 1 million cell phones in 2011 and to raise more than $10 million in the next five years to fund new programs, such as providing video phones and prepaid service to allow troops abroad to see their families on a regular basis.
The donated phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each phone – the money is used to purchase prepaid calling cards which are sent to troops.