Company offers funding opportunity to youth groups

5 years ago

MAINE — Youth organizations in Maine can earn up to $1,000 through U.S. Cellular’s Community Connections program.

Now in its fourth year, Community Connections provides sponsorship support to help youth groups pay for uniforms, equipment, travel and other group expenses. Since the program launched in 2015, $1.3 million has gone to more than 2,800 groups, including sports teams, STEM programs, marching bands and dance squads.

The latest funding drive began Sept. 14. Academic and athletic groups representing kids and teens up to grade 12 can sign up now at to become eligible to receive sponsorship funds. Groups then need to rally their friends, families and supporters to complete online activities that earn money for the needs of their group.

Once an interested group signs up, they have 10 days to generate support and complete online activities. The money goes directly to the organization, and each group can earn up to $1,000.

The company has contributed more than $10.65 million to K-12 education since 2009, and for the third consecutive year directed its philanthropic efforts to STEM-focused youth education through a $1 million donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, with $41,500 going directly to clubs in Maine. In addition, Maine U.S. Cellular associates spent 365 hours volunteering their time with Boys & Girls Clubs and a variety of other non-profits throughout the year.

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