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UScellular Extends Commitment to Help Iowa Youth Stay Connected

Nearly $3 Million Donated in Iowa Since 2021 Through After School Access Project

DES MOINES, Iowa (Feb. 10, 2023) – After donating nearly $3 million in wireless hotspots and connectivity to 21 nonprofit organizations in Iowa since 2021, UScellular has extended its pledge to help connect youth in 2023. Nationally, the company is committing up to $13 million in new funding to address the “homework gap” among youth who lack access to reliable internet outside the classroom in the United States. 

UScellular’s After School Access Project provides mobile hotspots and two years of service to nonprofits that support youth after the school day has ended and offers safe internet access for homework and education. To date, the company has donated more than $12 million supporting over 100 organizations with hotspots and service nationwide. 

“We serve approximately 50 youth per year with homework help and technology use,” La Luz Centro Cultural Executive Director Kyle Whalen said. “With the hotspot accessibility, we will help students and their families get connected. The hotspots are intended to help students and families who are taking summer classes to catch up on their education and do English as a Second Language classes virtually and homework through ESL Library assigned to our students.” 

Numerous nonprofit organizations in Iowa have benefitted from After School Access Project donations. They include: 
• Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dubuque 
• Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA 
• EMBARC Iowa, Des Moines 
• La Luz Centro Cultural, Hampton 
• Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA 
• PaTi’s Libelulas, Waterloo 
• SafePlace, Sioux City 
• YWCA Clinton 

“We are thrilled to continue our commitment to connect youth here in Iowa to what matters most,” said Monique Moore, UScellular’s director of sales for west Iowa. “After School Access Project is just one way that we’re helping students have the reliable access they need to grow and pursue their dreams. We encourage Iowa nonprofit organizations to apply and help us bring reliable wireless internet access to youth across America.” 

Nonprofit organizations who meet the following criteria are welcomed to apply at afterschoolaccessproject.com
- Certified 501c3 nonprofit organizations 
- Operate within UScellular’s service area 
- Focused on kindergarten through 12th grade 
- Not a school or government entity 

UScellular is focused on addressing gaps in STEM education and is committed to connecting more than 200,000 of tomorrow’s innovators each year with the resources they need today to help shape future opportunities. Since 2009, UScellular has invested more than $35 million in monetary donations, technology resources and countless experiences to nonprofit organizations across the country. 

For more information about UScellular’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, visit https://newsroom.uscellular.com/community/ 

About UScellular
UScellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to help customers stay connected to the things that matter most. The Chicago-based carrier provides a strong, reliable network supported by the latest technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. Through its After School Access Project, the company has pledged to provide hotspots and service to help up to 50,000 youth connect to reliable internet. Additionally, UScellular has price protected all of its plans, promising not to increase prices through at least the end of 2024. To learn more about UScellular, visit one of its retail stores or www.uscellular.com. To get the latest news, visit newsroom.uscellular.com.