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Cell Phones for Soldiers

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Powerco Federal Credit Union is an official drop-off location for the nonprofit Cell Phones For Soldiers.

Powerco members can help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones and tablets. Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 200,000 troops are serving in the United States military overseas around the world. By donating to Cell Phones for Soldiers, Powerco members can provide a lifeline for America's bravest.

If you wish to donate, you can request a donation packet directly from Cell Phones for Soldiers (see below), or you may drop off your cellular phone or tablet at any Powerco branch location and we'll send it for you. Cell Phones for Soldiers

Cell Phones For Soldiers was founded in 2004 by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist at the ages of 12 and 13. The charity has since provided more than 213 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world through its calling card program, Minutes That Matter. Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones For Soldiers distributes 3,000 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals.

“Each year we have been humbled by the amount of people and organizations like Powerco Federal Credit Union that take the initiative to support our military members,” said co-founder Robbie Bergquist. “The communication gap between those serving and their families is a crucial need that Cell Phones For Soldiers is committed to addressing for years to come.”

For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones For Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops.

Since 2004, more than 11.6 million phones have been recycled or repurposed. Approximately half of the phones processed are reconditioned and reused. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and responsibly recycled to reclaim materials, including:

  • Gold, silver and platinum from circuit boards
  • Copper wiring from phone chargers
  • Nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs

Cell Phones for Soldiers logoCell Phones For Soldiers Inc. is a national nonprofit dedicated to serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 213 million “Minutes That Matter” to servicemen and women. Since 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” has provided emergency funds for more than 2,700 veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. 

Recycle your old cell phones and tablets at one of Powerco's eight branch locations during normal business hours and help our soldiers call home.  

For more information, visit the Cell Phones for Soldiers site at www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

Request a Cell Phone Donation Packet by Mail

Print a Receipt for Your Tax Deductible Contribution to Cell Phones for Soldiers

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