growing gardeners program

Manitowoc, WI (November 15, 2017) – Manitowoc County Historical Society has been selected as a 2017 Cellcom Green Gift recipient. The organization received a $750 Green Gift from Cellcom to support its Growing Gardeners Program.

Growing Gardeners will utilize the heirloom gardens at the 60-acre Pinecrest Historical Village. The program focused on children age 3 to 13 beginning in the spring of 2018 will work to instill knowledge of nature and gardening and sustainable food practices. The Green Gift from Cellcom will support purchase of seeds for the gardens and materials for the raised beds.

“The world we live in today is much different than our ancestors a century ago. Growing Gardeners is designed to look back at historic gardens, crops, and practices so we can appreciate where we are today and learn. Sustainable living and nutrition are vital tools to learn and our museum can play an important role in that discovery for children and adults. In our fast-paced world, our heirloom gardens and beautiful scenic museum campus provide for the ideal environment to discover and explore the soil and crops around us,” said Amy Meyer, executive director at the Manitowoc County Historical Society.

The group was one 33 green organizations that received a share of the $44,000 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.

“Our service area is fortunate to be teeming with non-profits that are creatively using their resources to help the environment though education and activism. Donating your phone allows us to contribute to their efforts through our Green Gifts program and ultimately work toward a greener tomorrow,” said Brighid Riordan, director of public affairs and customer experience initiatives at Cellcom.

Visit Cellcom’s website for the full list of award recipients. 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 $310,975 for local charities over the past 14 years.

Cellcom is an innovative wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with more than 50 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.