Fonzy the owl

Antigo, WI (November 9, 2017) – Raptor Education Group has been selected as a 2017 Cellcom Green Gift recipient. The organization received a $1200 Green Gift from Cellcom to fund construction of an educational bird enclosure.

“Our facilities have historically been focused on creating safe housing for birds in recovery from illness or injury, and are not conducive to educational opportunities. Due to permitting housing for birds in care as patients cannot be viewed by the public, and over the years all of our housing has been built with patients in mind. Consequently our education birds are also housed in facilities that are impossible for the public to view from the outside, and cumbersome for education staff to retrieve the birds from for educational opportunities,” said Elise Schuler, director of education at Raptor Education Group.

The Green Gift from Cellcom will help build a new enclosure with educational opportunities in mind. The new enclosure will be easily accessed by staff and make the birds more easily viewed during tours and other events. The enclosure will include space for birds to take shelter from the weather, but allow them to be viewed easily from the outside by the public.

Raptor Education Group was among 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.