Wireless Carrier to Contribute $45,000 to Support Youth Initiatives
in Select Cities through Holiday Giving Program
CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–U.S. Cellular today announced its 2016 The
Future of Good program, that champions and invests in inspiring
youth who make a positive impact in their communities. The wireless
carrier will celebrate these young humanitarians by giving them a voice
to amplify the good they’ve done and unique donations to help each
continue building The Future of Good.
“We’re continuing this program for the second year in a row as a way to
give back to local communities we support and encourage others to get
involved,” said Grant Leech, vice president of brand management at U.S.
Cellular. “These extraordinary young people inspire so many others, and
we take tremendous pride in supporting them and helping amplify the good
work that they’re doing.”
The six youths – representing four different causes – were selected by
U.S. Cellular following a nationwide search. The company will feature
their causes in four documentary-style videos to tell the unique stories
of how each cause is impacting the community in which they live. In
support of Giving Tuesday on Nov. 29, U.S. Cellular will help celebrate
and support young humanitarians by pledging a combined total of $45,000
consisting of in-kind and monetary contributions to inspiring youth-led
causes across the country.
To further celebrate the youths and the four causes chosen for the
program, U.S. Cellular will bring the children and their families to New
York City on December 22, 2016 where they will ring the closing bell on
the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and bring widespread attention
to their local efforts. The four inspiring causes that this year’s
program will highlight are:
Jason Albaum (age 15), Colby Ellis (age 16), and Juli Ennis (age
16) in Kennebunk, Maine – Project Playback: These three teens
bring joy to and awaken the minds of elderly Alzheimer’s and dementia
patients through music therapy, by interviewing patients and family
members and creating personalized playlists on donated MP3 players for
the patients. Their organization, Project Playback, has volunteered
hundreds of hours to combine modern digital technology with
traditional direct social interaction, to improve the mental,
emotional, and overall well-being of their patients. For more
information, visit https://www.projectplayback.org.
Ryan Graham (age 17) in Milwaukee, Wis. – Teens Grow Greens:
Ryan is a leading teen and board member of Teens Grow Greens, a
nonprofit organization that teaches kids personal responsibility,
healthy living, leadership and entrepreneurship. Under Ryan’s
guidance, kids learn how to grow, cook and eat healthy food. This year
Ryan recruited, interviewed and hired 12 teenagers to join the
nine-month paid internship program. For more information, visit www.teensgrowgreens.org.
Raegan Junge (age 11) in Keystone, Iowa – Raegan’s Tornado Relief
Project: Raegan started her nonprofit organization when she was
just six years old to help raise funds to provide disaster victims and
affected communities with clothing and personal items by selling
handmade beaded bracelets. After a tornado recently touched down in
nearby Benton, Iowa, Raegan worked with the Benton County 4-H Fair
Board members to help gather supplies for 48 affected families. For
more information, visit www.facebook.com/raeganstornadoreliefeffort.
Lia Haile (age 13) in Manitowoc in Wis. – Hopeful Hearts Club:
Lia created her organization which consists of a community of hundreds
of people who provide welcome bags, birthday parties, holiday
celebrations, and other events and goods for children who are staying
at Hope House, the local homeless shelter in her community. Lia is
involved with U.S. Cellular’s Future of Good program for the second
year in a row, having last year received $10,000 from the company to
Hope House on her behalf. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/HopefulHeartsClub.
From November 29 through December 31, parents and legal guardians will
also be encouraged to nominate youth in their own communities who are
making an impact, and can do so by visiting thefutureofgood.com.
The four winning young humanitarians chosen in accordance with the rules
will be announced on January 18 and each will be rewarded with $2,000 to
put toward their social cause.
For more information, please visit TheFutureOfGood.com
or follow the social conversation by using the hashtag #TheFutureofGood.
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
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