Sturgeon Bay, WI (October 26, 2016) –Open Door Bird Sanctuary has been selected as a 2016 Cellcom Green Gift recipient. The nonprofit received a $1500 Green Gift from Cellcom to support its raptor program.

Open Door aims is to raise avian awareness, inspiring people to co-exist with the natural world surrounding them. It is the only facility of its kind in the area, providing homes for raptors who cannot be released into the wild and giving them a job as ambassadors in educational programming for Door County residents and tourists alike. 2016 marked the first year that educational programming was held at the organization’s facility outside of Sturgeon Bay.

“While we still do many programs off site, our richest offering is right from home base. We are able to present various combinations of our resident birds for a close-up program and have many birds on display with volunteer interpreters stationed throughout,” said Jillaine Burton, general manager at Open Door. “The Green Gift from Cellcom will support the continuation of our onsite programs in 2017 and will help us to continue to drive home our mission of environmental awareness through an encounter with a live raptor. Every program with a bird is raising avian and environmental awareness. By exposing people to this special aspect of wildlife, they gain a greater understanding of their role in our environment and how much of it we share and impact.

Open Door Bird Sanctuary was among 22 green organizations that received a share of the $37,800 in Green Gifts from Cellcom this year. The Green Gifts program launched in 2010 and uses funds generated from Cellcom’s cell phone recycling program to fund green nonprofit initiatives. Customers and community members can bring in their old or unwanted 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. Cellcom’s Green Gift program completes the green cycle that starts with consumers being environmentally-conscious and donating their devices.

The 2016 Cellcom Green Gifts were awarded to non-profits throughout Cellcom’s service area and included Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve (Appleton), Heckrodt Wetland Reserve (Menasha), Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance (Appleton), Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay, NEW Zoo & Adventure Park (Suamico), Greater Green Bay YMCA, River District Development Foundation (Merrill), Northland Pines Farm to School Program (Eagle River), Trees for Tomorrow (Eagle River), Wild Instincts (Rhinelander), Open Door Bird Sanctuary (Sturgeon Bay), Woodland Dunes Nature Center (Two Rivers), Crossroads at Big Creek, Inc. (Sturgeon Bay), Kelly Lake Advancement Association (Suring), Navarino Nature Center, Stockbridge Munsee Community (Bowler), Wisconsin Waterfowl Association (Abrams), The Etude Group (Sheboygan), Bookworm Gardens (Sheboygan), Maywood Environmental Park (Sheboygan), Friends of Mead/McMillan Association (Milladore), and Boys & Girls Club of Portage County (Stevens Point).

Cellcom is proud to support organizations of all sizes, whose work is impacting the community and building a greener tomorrow. The company’s recycling program has generated $266,975 for local charities over the past 13 years.

 

Cellcom is an innovative wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with 60 retail and agent locations. Cellcom is respected for its long-standing reputation of delivering extraordinary customer care, being a strong community partner, and for its renowned network, which is customized to its rural markets. As a subsidiary of Nsight, Cellcom is part of a family of companies offering complete telecommunications services.