The Star-Herald

Cell carrier supports Maine youth program

PORTLAND, Maine — U.S. Cellular announced on Feb. 12 that it made a nearly $13.4 million investment in its network infrastructure, stores and communities in Maine in 2019, and contributed time and funds to the Boys & Girls Club of America.

The Penobscot Boys & Girls Club, which operates the Presque Isle Boys & Girls Club, received $500. 

According to company spokeswoman Kelly Cioe, $13.1 million went toward system upgrades to improve coverage, capacity and data speed for Maine customers.

  The company also invested $241,000 to update, redesign or relocate six retail stores in Maine throughout the year.

In addition, the carrier celebrated five years of supporting Boys & Girls Club of America and STEM-focused education through a $1 million donation to the organization’s academic pillar, as well as a donation of $40,500 to three clubs in Maine. Local associates spent 887 hours volunteering their time with these clubs and a variety of other non-profits throughout the year.

“It starts with the network, but it doesn’t stop there for us,” said Matthew Kasper, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in New England. “We make our stores welcoming, we hire and train smart and friendly associates, and because we are a part of the community too, we invest in local youth to inspire them to lead us into the next generation.”

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