CHICAGO, IL (April 2, 2018)
U.S. Cellular today announced a $1 million donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America to provide K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) educational opportunities to youth. This is the fourth year U.S. Cellular has funded 53 Boys & Girls Clubs to provide academic and afterschool enrichment programs, with a focus on STEM programming.
"U.S. Cellular is committed to enhancing youth learning experiences in our local communities and proud to continue working with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to invest in our future leaders," said Deirdre Drake, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at U.S. Cellular. "Throughout the year, we strive to provide youth with unique, interactive opportunities, which showcase real-world applications for STEM careers."
To celebrate National Volunteer Month in April, U.S. Cellular associates are participating in volunteer events during the company's fourth annual 'Month of Giving.' Associates will be on-site to engage youth in Earth Day events and career exploration sessions. The company will also host STEM-focused behind-the-scenes tours for youth throughout the year.
U.S. Cellular is also continuing its support of Operation: Veteran Smiles (OVS), a program created by teenager Amelia Day, to bring smiles and basic necessities to veterans. For the second consecutive year, U.S. Cellular will help extend the reach of OVS by packing toiletry kits, writing cards and delivering them to in-patient veterans' facilities in the company's markets. Last year, U.S. Cellular reached more than 4,000 veterans through this initiative.
U.S. Cellular has a longstanding commitment to the community and education. The company has contributed more than $10.65 million to K-12 education since 2009. In 2017, U.S. Cellular associates volunteered at more than 185 events and are committed to volunteering 35,000 hours in local communities again this year.
For more information, visit www.uscellular.com/about/community-outreach.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,300 Clubs serve 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at Facebook and Twitter.
About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular is the fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier offers coverage where the other carriers don't and a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers' lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. U.S. Cellular has the Highest Wireless Network Quality Performance in the North Central Region, according to the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study, and 99 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.