Company Focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
(STEM) to Enhance Youth Initiatives; Celebrates National Volunteer Month
with ‘4K for 4-H’ Effort, Local Boys & Girls Club Visits and 35,000
Associate Volunteer Hours Goal Kick-Off
CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–U.S. Cellular announced today a $1.3 million national commitment to Boys
& Girls Clubs of America and National
4-H Council. This commitment will boost the learning experience for
youth and communities by championing K-12 and STEM educational programs.
This is the second year U.S. Cellular is funding Boys & Girls Clubs and
4-H Clubs throughout the company’s markets with STEM activities for
camps, and school and afterschool enrichment programs. This focused
approach ensures the company is positively impacting the communities
where associates work, live and play.
“U.S. Cellular’s ongoing commitment to Boys & Girls Clubs of America and
National 4-H Council is a reflection of our dedication to big and small
cities as well as rural communities we serve across the country,” says
Deirdre Drake, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
at U.S. Cellular. “As we enter our second year, we are excited to
continue to work with these organizations to focus on STEM programming,
as it is an important way to help youth develop relevant career and
To celebrate and continue strengthening these relationships, U.S.
Cellular associates are once again participating in National Volunteer
Month in April with the company’s annual ‘Month of Giving’ program.
Throughout the month, associates will complete various volunteer
activities with local Boys & Girls Clubs such as Earth Day related
activities and homework tutoring visits.
Associates will also participate in the first-ever ‘4K for 4-H’. Created
to support National 4-H Council’s Grow True Leader’s campaign, this fun
run/walk can be completed individually or with a group at any location
throughout April. U.S. Cellular Customer Care Centers in Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, Knoxville, Tenn., Tulsa, Okla., and Waukesha, Wis., are also
hosting ‘4K for 4-H’ race events. Participants are encouraged to share
their photos via social media using the hashtag #4H4K. To learn more
about the ‘4K for 4-H’, visit http://www.4-h.org/4h4k/.
After surpassing last year’s inaugural goal of 30,000 volunteer hours,
U.S. Cellular announced a goal of 35,000 volunteer hours for 2016. By
collaborating with local Boys & Girls Clubs and 4-H Clubs, U.S. Cellular
associates will engage communities through ongoing volunteer
opportunities including mentorship, career exploration and preparation
and STEM-focused tutoring opportunities in April and throughout the year.
U.S. Cellular has a longstanding commitment to the community and
education. The company has contributed more than $8.35 million to local
educational programming since 2009.
For more information, visit uscellular.com/communityinvolvement.
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 has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that
are all backed by a high-quality network in big and small cities and
rural communities, and currently, 99 percent of customers have access to
4G LTE speeds. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates
Customer Champion in 2014 for the third time in four years. 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,
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
(GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve
great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more
than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually 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, friendship, and high-impact youth development
programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority
programs emphasize 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 http://www.bgca.org/facebook
4-H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment
organization, cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that
matter most in their communities right now. In the United States, 4-H
programs empower six million young people through the 109 land-grant
universities and Cooperative Extension in more than 3,000 local offices
serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the United
States, independent, country-led 4-H organizations empower one million
young people in more than 50 countries. National 4-H Council is the
private sector, non-profit partner of the Cooperative Extension System
and 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food
and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of
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