Groups may apply for ‘Community Connections’

U.S. Cellular announced it is continuing its "Community Connections" program for the second consecutive year to support local youth organizations.

Last year, the company sponsored more than 700 school groups and youth sports teams through a partnership with Pear, an online platform that connects local brands with local community needs. Academic and athletic groups from kindergarten through 12th grade in New Hampshire can sign up at to receive sponsorship from the company.

"As a neighbor and dedicated member of the New Hampshire community, U.S. Cellular is committed to supporting programs and organizations that have a positive impact in the lives of our youth," said Matt Kasper, director of sales at U.S. Cellular in New England. "These organizations provide valuable learning experiences, and this program provides an easy and fun way for the community to rally together to support them."

Once an interested group signs up at the website, it has 10 days to generate support from neighbors, friends, family and their community to earn points by completing simple tasks such as visiting U.S. Cellular’s website, following U.S. Cellular on its social channels or answering a short survey. Points are then converted into dollars that go directly to the organization, and each group can earn up to $1,000.

Last year, U.S. Cellular provided $295,000 to youth organizations and school groups through this program, and this year the company will provide up to $300,000. In addition, in 2015, the company contributed $1.35 million to science, technology, engineering and math education programs through its partnerships with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and National 4-H Council.