Through Green Gifts, Cellcom donates proceeds from its cell phone recycling program to local organizations, programs and projects that are dedicated to or support environmental sustainability. The program was launched to protect the environment and support conservation in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Green Gifts are awarded on an annual basis and more than $604,000 has been awarded to date.
Customers can bring in their old, unwanted or broken phones to be reused and recycled. Cellcom sends the phones to recyclers who in return send money to Cellcom for the materials that were saved from the phones. Consumers can contribute to the program by donating their old cell phones for recycling at any Cellcom retail location.
In 2023, Cellcom awarded a grand total $23,000 in Green Gifts across the company’s service area. The 2024 Cellcom Green Gift application will be available in late summer.
The 2023 Cellcom Green Gifts were awarded throughout Cellcom’s service area and included:
- Baird Creek Preservation Foundation (Green Bay)
- Boston School Forest (Stevens Point)
- Boys and Girls Club of Portage County (Stevens Point)
- Crossroads at Big Creek, Inc (Sturgeon Bay)
- Door County Environmental Council (Sister Bay)
- Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance (Appleton)
- Greater Green Bay YMCA (Green Bay)
- Green Bay Botanical Garden (Green Bay)
- Green Bay Sail & Paddle, Inc. (Green Bay)
- Heckrodt Wetland Reserve (Menasha)
- L.H. Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve – Brown County Parks (Suamico)
- Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program administered by UW-Green Bay (Green Bay)
- Manitowoc County Historical Society (Manitowoc)
- Manitowoc County Soil & Water Conservation Department (Manitowoc)
- Monk Botanical Gardens (Wausau)
- Navarino Nature Center, Inc. (Shiocton)
- New Leaf Foods, Inc. (Green Bay)
- North Lakeland Discovery Center (Manitowish Waters)
- Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust (Appleton)
- Open Door Bird Sanctuary (Sturgeon Bay)
- Shawano Community Middle School (Shawano)
- Shawano County Friends of the Mountain Bay Trail Inc. (Shawano)
- The Camp Nicolet Foundation (Eagle River)
- Trees For Tomorrow (Eagle River)
- Wild Instincts (Rhinelander)
- Woodland Dunes Nature Center & Preserve, Inc. (Two Rivers)
Who Can Apply?
Who Can Apply?
Cellcom welcomes Green Gift applications from organizations dedicated to environmental sustainability and the preservation of our wildlife habitats. We also strongly encourage non-environmental organizations to submit a Green Gift application for projects or programs that focus on environmental stewardship or offer an innovative approach to education or addressing a community issue.
The application deadline is September 21. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Green Gift recipients will be notified in October, and funds will be dispersed in October and November.
Green Gifts are used to support organizations, programs and projects that:
- Address a community-based issue that relates to the environment.
- Focus on reducing negative impact on the environment.
- Provide environmental education programs for children.
- Provide educational opportunities to learn about environmental sustainability, including training or leadership development.
- Foster water conservation, protection of our air, landscape and water or wildlife preservation.
Cellcom makes one-year gifts and does not offer multi-year donations. A new Green Gift application must be submitted for each year a Green Gift is requested.
Cellcom Green Gifts will not be awarded to:
- Private foundations
- For-profit organizations
- Political organizations or campaigns
- International efforts
- Capital fund drives
- To fund labor costs