Phones for Military was established to provide low cost wireless services to our military members and families. Providing a lifeline for Americas Bravest. With the alliance of Cell Phones For Soldiers we continue the mission.
Since 2004, Cell Phones For Soldiers…
At the age of 12 and 13, Robbie and Brittany Bergquist heard the story of a soldier returning from Iraq with a near $8,000 phone bill. They couldn’t believe that a man serving his country was not able to call his family for free. They decided to do something about it. With just $21 and some help from their parents, Cell Phones For Soldiers was born.
Cell Phones For Soldiers co-founders capitalized on a new fundraising initiative: recycling gently-used cell phones and utilizing the proceeds to fund the nonprofit’s mission.
In just five months, Cell Phones For Soldiers distributed $100,000 worth of calling cards to deployed troops.
Teen People magazine profiled Cell Phones For Soldiers Co-Founder Brittany Bergquist for a “20 Teens Who Will Change the World” feature as one of the most inspiring teenagers who has made efforts to change the world in the areas of entertainment, politics, sports, the environment and the media.
Brittany Bergquist met with President George Bush and members of America Supports You to share her goals and mission for Cell Phones For Soldiers.
Cell Phones For Soldiers was featured on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric
AT&T joined Cell Phones For Soldiers to help troops call home by collecting used cell phones in all of its retail stores.
Cell Phones For Soldiers’ co-founders appeared on The View
Cell Phones For Soldiers’ co-founders shared their mission with CNN’s Glenn Beck.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, hosted by former First Lady Laura Bush, recognized Cell Phones For Soldiers Co-Founder Brittany Bergquist as one of America’s top-10 youth volunteers.
Cell Phones For Soldiers calling card program, Minutes That Matter, celebrated its 100 millionth calling card donated to servicemen and women.
General Motors partnered with Cell Phones For Soldiers to help provide precious connections for military members.
Friendship Home, a Massachusetts support facility that serves individuals with developmental disabilities, joined Cell Phones For Soldiers by becoming the organization’s calling card fulfillment center.
Robbie and Brittany Bergquist received the Jefferson Award for “Greatest Public Service by an Individual 35 Years or Under” in honor of their efforts to support men and women in uniform.
Cell Phones For Soldiers joined partner Santa Rita Wine to distribute thousands of calling cards to American troops during a military appreciation event at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.
Cell Phones For Soldiers launched its veterans program, Helping Heroes Home, to assist returning veterans with emergency fund needs, communication challenges and physical, emotional and assimilation hardships.
Cell Phones For Soldiers reached 11 million cell phones recycled.
Cell Phones For Soldiers, along with Capital One, donated 40,000 free international calling cards or 6 million minutes of talk time to five United States Army bases–Fort Belvoir, Fort Bliss, Fort Drum, Fort Lee and Fort Polk.
Cell Phones For Soldiers celebrated its 200 millionth minute donated to U.S. active-duty troops and veterans.
Cell Phones For Soldiers celebrated 10 years of providing precious connections for servicemen and women.
The New England Patriots recognized Cell Phones For Soldiers Co-Founder Robbie Bergquist with the Myra Kraft MVP Award for his outstanding and exceptional service to the Armed Forces of the United States.
The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network recognized Robbie Bergquist with its Young Nonprofit Professional: Forging the Future award, for his work supporting military members for more than 11 years.