Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers relies on generous cash contributions and donations of gently-used cell phones to provide a lifeline for America’s bravest.
By The Numbers:
Cell Phones For Soldiers has two programs:
Minutes That Matter provides free calling cards to active-duty military members to connect with loved ones.
Helping Heroes Homes assists veterans with emergency funds to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships.
Since 2004, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided U.S. troops with more than 204 million “Minutes That Matter” and distributed more than 2.9 million prepaid international calling cards.
A $5 donation warrants 2.5 hours of talk time; a $100.00 donation gives 50 hours or 3,000 minutes of talk time.
Since July 2012, Helping Heroes Home has assisted more than 400 veterans and their families with emergency funding.
Since 2004, more than 11 million cell phones have been recycled, reducing the impact on landfills.