Green Bay, WI (October 21, 2016) –Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay has been selected as a 2016 Cellcom Green Gift recipient. The non-profit received a $1000 Green Gift from Cellcom to support its Enviro Team.
The Enviro Team allows Club members ages 7-12 to participate in environmental education activities throughout the year. The weekly program sessions introduce youth to strategies that reduce negative impacts on their environment, with activities including recycling-themed scavenger hunts, measuring and tracking waste material trends, and discussions about how participants have an impact on their surroundings. Additionally, members contribute to a safe and healthy environment at the Club and in the community by participating in seasonal clean up days.
“Enviro Team was developed to inspire youth to contribute to the betterment of their communities. The program’s two-pronged approach of educating youth about their environment and providing opportunities to engage in hands on, eco-friendly activities will result in an informed and practiced group of young people who recognize the importance of reducing environmental risks,” said John Benberg, executive director at the Boys & Girls Club. “The Green Gift from Cellcom will help develop healthy habits that participants can share with others as they become the next generation of leaders in their communities.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay was among 22 green organizations that received a share of the $37,800 in Green Gifts from Cellcom this year. The Green Gifts program launched in 2010 and uses funds generated from Cellcom’s cell phone recycling program to fund green nonprofit initiatives. Customers and community members can bring in their old or unwanted phones to be reused and recycled. Cellcom sends the phones to recyclers who in return send money to Cellcom for the materials that were saved from the phones. Cellcom’s Green Gift program completes the green cycle that starts with consumers being environmentally-conscious and donating their devices.
The 2016 Cellcom Green Gifts were awarded to non-profits throughout Cellcom’s service area and included Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve (Appleton), Heckrodt Wetland Reserve (Menasha), Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance (Appleton), Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay, NEW Zoo & Adventure Park (Suamico), Greater Green Bay YMCA, River District Development Foundation (Merrill), Northland Pines Farm to School Program (Eagle River), Trees for Tomorrow (Eagle River), Wild Instincts (Rhinelander), Open Door Bird Sanctuary (Sturgeon Bay), Woodland Dunes Nature Center (Two Rivers), Crossroads at Big Creek, Inc. (Sturgeon Bay), Kelly Lake Advancement Association (Suring), Navarino Nature Center, Stockbridge Munsee Community (Bowler), Wisconsin Waterfowl Association (Abrams), The Etude Group (Sheboygan), Bookworm Gardens (Sheboygan), Maywood Environmental Park (Sheboygan), Friends of Mead/McMillan Association (Milladore), and Boys & Girls Club of Portage County (Stevens Point).
Cellcom is proud to support organizations of all sizes, whose work is impacting the community and building a greener tomorrow. The company’s recycling program has generated $266,975 for local charities over the past 13 years.
Cellcom is an innovative wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with 60 retail and agent locations. Cellcom is respected for its long-standing reputation of delivering extraordinary customer care, being a strong community partner, and for its renowned network, which is customized to its rural markets. As a subsidiary of Nsight, Cellcom is part of a family of companies offering complete telecommunications services.