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U.S. Cellular Associates Brighten Trust House Grounds and Present $25,000 Grant

ROANOKE, Va., April 20, 2009 – In celebration of Earth Day, a group of U.S. Cellular associates and Roanoke Vice Mayor Sherman Lea partnered up to plant an urban garden and refurbish the grounds at Trust House. U.S. Cellular also presented Trust House with a $25,000 grant to support its programs.

This week hundreds of U.S. Cellular associates nationwide are volunteering with nonprofit organizations and schools on projects to enhance the environment. "This is a great way to show that it's fun and rewarding to take care of our community," said Daren Gunter, executive director for the Trust House. "We've wanted to get this done for some time and we appreciate the help from U.S. Cellular."

"I'm happy to pitch in because every garden we plant makes Roanoke a little greener," said Vice Mayor Lea. "Together we're doing our part for Roanoke's environmental initiatives."

The volunteers from U.S. Cellular are part of the company's local business office and retail stores in Roanoke.

"We love to lend a hand where we can in our communities," said Michelle Neu, area sales manager for U.S. Cellular. "We can do so much more when we all come together."

Last year U.S. Cellular donated more than $4 million to the United Way and non-profits serving its communities, and associates volunteered almost 10,000 hours. The company donated more than $38,000 to non-profit organizations in Virginia.

The 9,000 associates of U.S. Cellular believe a wireless phone enhances people's lives and a wireless company should be in the business of bringing people together. U.S. Cellular has a wide range of monthly plans, including those with unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited free incoming calls and options to prepay. The company has a growing catalog of phones like the BlackBerry® Pearl and Curve, and the touch-screen Samsung Delve, which offer e-mail and Web access. Based in Chicago, U.S. Cellular is the nation's fifth-largest wireless carrier, serving 6.2 million customers across the country. To learn more about the company visit one of its retail stores or