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UScellular Extends Commitment to Help Nebraska Youth Stay Connected

More Than $1.5 Million Donated in Nebraska Since 2021 Through After School Access Project

After donating more than $1.5 million in wireless hotspots and connectivity to nonprofit organizations in Nebraska since 2021, UScellular has extended its pledge to help connect youth in 2023. Nationally, the company will commit 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. UScellular has donated 1,090 hotspots to Nebraska nonprofits since 2021. 

“These devices have played an essential role allowing Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands to engage all members through our VOICE (Virtual Online Interactive Club Experience) programming in meaningful ways,” Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands President and CEO Richard Webb said. “We not only engaged all of our members, but we learned how valuable our VOICE programming was in providing opportunities for our Club members and their support systems to engage in activities, such as cooking lessons, virtual games and simply reading together in groups for the social aspect of learning.” 

There are four nonprofit organizations in Nebraska and western Iowa that have benefitted from After School Access Project donations. They include: 
• Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, Omaha 
• Completely KIDS, Omaha 
• SafePlace, Sioux City 
• YWCA Lincoln 

“We are thrilled to continue our commitment to connect youth in Nebraska and western Iowa to what matters most,” said Brandi McCune, UScellular’s director of sales for Nebraska and western 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 Nebraska and western 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/ 

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.