To help provide equitable learning access and opportunities and keep local youth connected, UScellular has committed to donating up to $13 million to further the reach of its After School Access Project in 2023. This project provides free mobile hotspots and service to nonprofits that support youth after the school day has ended and provides safe, high-speed internet connectivity for homework and education. Eligible nonprofit organizations throughout Oregon are encouraged to apply.
Since 2021, the company has donated more than $12 million supporting over 100 organizations with hotspots and service nationwide. In 2023, UScellular extended its pledge and committed up to $13 million in new funding to the program. To-date, three organizations in Oregon have benefitted from this project, including College Dreams, the Boys and Girls Club of the Umpqua Valley and others for a total state investment of $157,940.
Nonprofits working with youth are encouraged to apply by going to AfterSchoolAccessProject.com if they meet the following criteria:
- Certified 501c3 nonprofit organizations
- Operate within UScellular’s service area
- Focused on kindergarten through 12th grade
- Not a school or government entity
“Connecting people and communities is our mission and the After School Access Project is just one way that we’re helping ensure youth have the reliable access they need to grow and pursue their dreams,” said Sarah Pearson, area vice president for UScellular in Oregon. “We encourage nonprofit organizations serving our young Oregonians to apply for this program and help us bring reliable wireless internet access to more youth across America.”
For more information about the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, please go to 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.