Cellcom Gives “Green Gifts” to Local Organizations

Since 2004 Cellcom has offered a cell phone recycling program where customers can bring in their old or unwanted phones to be reused and recycled. Cellcom sends the phones to recyclers who, in return, send money to Cellcom for the materials that were saved from the phones. Cellcom has always donated this money back to local non-profits.

This is the third year that Cellcom is donating their recycling funds to green non-profit initiatives. This year three Door County organizations will receive the “Green Gifts” – The Open Door Bird Sanctuary ($875), Crossroads at Big Creek ($1,000), and Door County Renaissance Development Group (DCDRG) ($250).

The Open Door Bird Sanctuary aims to raise avian awareness while inspiring people to coexist with the natural world. The Green Gift will support the construction of the sanctuary’s Avian Clinic.

Rob Hults, director of Open Door, says, “The Avian Clinic is the critical building that, when completed, will make us operational. With the support we have already from the Jacksonport Town Board and the Door County Zoning Board, we are ready to construct upon receipt of the appropriate funds.”

The mission of Crossroads is to provide experience-based learning that will nurture historical and cultural appreciation, scientific curiosity and environmental awareness. The Green Gift will support a biodiversity project to expand the area available for public use.

DCDRG reaches out to families and disadvantaged or at risk youths with the goal of educating and enriching their lives by providing insight and appreciation for nature, music, art, etc. of the Renaissance era. DCRDG also celebrates and participates in the “new Renaissance,” the green movement towards energy efficiency and land preservation. The Green Gift will support an alternative energy solution for the group’s event site.

A total of $26,500 was given to 20 green organizations in Cellcom’s service area. For more information visit