Hortonville, WI (October 23, 2013) – Friends of Hortonville Library received a $700 Green Gift from Cellcom today at a presentation at their facility.

The Friends of the Hortonville Library (FOHL) has been seeking donations to assist with value added items for the new library, which are not included in the formal construction. The Cellcom Green Gift will support the installation of a rain garden at the new facility.

“The rain garden will serve as an extension to the library and an outdoor classroom,” said Juli Schuh, member of FOHL. “The project is a gift for the community to enjoy, providing aesthetics and educational opportunities in an environmentally responsible manner.”

A total of $31,500 was given out to 12 green organizations in Cellcom’s service area.

Since 2004 Cellcom has offered a cell phone recycling program where customers 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 has always donated this money back to local non-profits.

In 2010, Cellcom launched the Green Gift program, donating their recycling funds to green non-profit initiatives in an effort to complete the green cycle that starts with consumers being environmentally-conscious and donating their devices.

“This program has become the cornerstone of our green initiatives,” said Brighid Riordan, director of public affairs. “Cellcom is proud to support organizations of all sizes, whose work is impacting the community and building a greener tomorrow.”

Other green gifts went to non-profits throughout Cellcom’s service area and included Bookworm Gardens (Sheboygan), DC Everest School Forest (Schofield), Boys & Girls Club of Portage County (Stevens Point), Friends of Mead/McMillan Association (Milladore), Merrill River District Foundation (Merrill), Northland Pines School District (St. Germain), Woodland Dunes (Two Rivers), Open Door Bird Sanctuary (Sturgeon Bay), Camp Tekawitha (Shawano), Wisconsin Waterfowl Association (Abrams), and the Brown County Library (Green Bay).

Cellcom’s recycling program has generated over $163,000 for local charities over the past nine years.

Cellcom is an innovative wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with nearly 80 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.