Cell Phones for Soldiers!


Chevrolet to raise $1 million to help U.S.  Soldiers abroad call home!

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DETROIT – Chevrolet is launching a year-long campaign, with the goal of raising $1 million to support Cell Phones for Soldiers. To reach that goal, Chevrolet is calling on General Motors employees, NASCAR race fans, and Chevrolet dealers across the country to donate their unwanted, gently used cell phones to the cause. Cell Phones for Soldiers will recycle the cell phones, and use the proceeds to provide pre-paid calling cards and cell phones to troops serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.”We feel Cell Phones for Soldiers is a worthy cause that fits well with Chevrolet’s long-standing commitment to support the men and women serving our country,” said Mark Degnan, General Motors director of Local Advertising and Marketing. “Personally, with a brother and a nephew in active duty in Iraq, I know how important every call home can be for soldiers overseas, and their families at home.”Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by brother and sister Robbie and Brittany Bergquist. To date, they have provided more than 60 million minutes of free calling cards through a national network of individual and corporate supporters.

Cell Phones for Soldiers recently announced a new campaign to offer free cell phones to all armed forces returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Returning troops can receive a refurbished phone, preloaded with a month’s worth of calling time, to help them restart their lives after active duty.

To help raise funds for Cell Phones for Soldiers, Chevrolet is launching a year-long campaign, including:

  • Calling on all 77,000 General Motors employees in the U.S. to donate their personal phones to the program.
  • Introducing Cell Phones for Soldiers to millions of NASCAR fans at 15 Chevy Racing events in throughout the 2010 race season. In May, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. introduced Cell Phones for Soldiers to NASCAR fans at Richmond International Raceway. Additional Cell Phones for Soldiers events will be held at Ponono, Michigan International Speedway, Daytona, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Kansas, and Fontana race tracks.
  • Providing Cell Phones for Soldiers collection boxes throughout the Chevrolet dealer network, providing thousands of collection centers across the U.S.

Individuals who would like to support the cause also can also download a pre-paid mailing label at http://www.recellular.com/gm, to ship donations of one to one hundred cell phones.

“There are more than 130 million phones retired every year in the United States,” said Robbie Bergquist, “If just 2 percent of Americans were to donate their unwanted phones, we could supply every soldier with a free call home – and a small measure of our national gratitude.”

About Cell Phones for Soldiers:
Cell Phones for Soldiers was created by Brittany & Robbie Bergquist of Norwell MA. After reading a story about a soldier who ran up a huge phone bill calling home from Iraq, these two teenagers decided to help out. They started by opening an account with $21.00 of their own money. They are collecting cash donations and old cell phones. The cell phones are recycled for cash and the proceeds are used to buy prepaid calling cards for our soldiers serving in the Middle East. Cell Phones For Soldiers is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Their efforts have motivated people and businesses around the country to donate to this worthy cause. Their goal is to provide every US soldier with a way to call home for free. For more information, please visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com# # #About Chevrolet:
Chevrolet is a global automotive brand, with annual sales of about 3.5 million vehicles in more than 130 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. In the U.S., the Chevrolet portfolio includes: iconic performance cars, such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long lasting pickups and SUVs, such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers, such as Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers “gas-friendly” solutions, such as the upcoming 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco model that is expected to deliver up to an estimated 40 mpg highway, and 2011 Chevrolet Volt that will offer up to 40 miles of electric driving and an additional 300 miles of extended range with the onboard generator (based on GM testing). Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security, and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response, and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models, fuel solutions, and OnStar availability can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

CONTACT(S):

Monte Doran
Chevrolet Communications
313-348-2317
monte.doran@gm.com

Mike Newman
Cell Phones for Soldiers Communications
734-223-4430
mnewman@recellular.com

CISCO TEAMS UP WITH CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS TO SEND CARE PACKAGES TO TROOPS

CISCO in Research Triangle Park, NC recently helped pack over 600 care packages that will be sent to service members serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and Republic of Georgia.  Cell Phones for Soldiers Calling cards were put in the care packages.
CISCO is also working to help out a local charity, support for soldiers who have ~4,000lbs of care package goods that need to get to Afghanistan to support the 5th Stryker Brigade.

To learn more about the efforts, here is a link to a news story about the event.

http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/video?id=7443906

LIBERTY TAX LOCATIONS EXCEED 10,000 PHONES IN 2010

Liberty Tax Locations throughout the country have collectively donated over 10,000 phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers in 2010.

Brittany and Robbie Bergquist and Cell Phones for Soldiers send out a huge THANK YOU to all of the Liberty Tax locations that helped raise over 600,000 minutes of talk time for troops this year.

PRESS RELEASE: LITTLE CAESARS® PIZZA IS TEAMING WITH CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS TO PROVIDE CALLING CARDS FOR OUR TROOPS

DETROIT – Little Caesar Enterprises Inc. today announced it will be a proud sponsor of Cell Phones for Soldiers during the months of March and April. Little Caesars will collect used cell phones to help raise money for calling cards so our troops can call home. Beginning March 1, postage-paid envelopes will be available to Little Caesars customers across the country so they can donate their old cell phones to support our troops. Each retired cell phone donated equates to approximately 60 minutes of talk time for our men and women serving the USA to talk to their loved ones.

“We are excited to be teaming up with Cell Phones for Soldiers to help our troops connect with their friends and family when they are stationed overseas,” said Linda “LJ” Jaworski, senior vice president Marketing & Communications, Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc. “Our brave men and women in the military sacrifice so much to protect our freedom, this is just a small way we can show our appreciation for all that they do.”

During March and April customers can receive a Little Caesars/Cell Phones for Soldiers postage-paid mailing envelope with their order at participating restaurants. Customers who provide their e-mail address in the space provided on the mailing envelope will receive a special coupon offer for Little Caesars via e-mail.

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by brother and sister Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, age 12 and 13, respectively, at the time.  To date, they have provided more than 62 million minutes of free calling cards thanks to a national network of individual and corporate supporters donating phones and money.

“With over 200,000 U.S. troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan it is important for us to find ways for them to communicate with loved ones back home,” said Brittany Bergquist, co-founder, Cell Phones for Soldiers. “We are thrilled to be working with Little Caesars to help provide calling cards to even more troops who need them.”

Cell Phones for Soldiers distributed its 1 millionth calling card during the Thanksgiving Holiday of 2009 to a unit of soldiers serving in Kuwait. Cell Phones for Soldiers is currently distributing over 7,500 calling cards per week to deployed troops and their families, wounded warriors, care packages, airport greeter organizations and deployment ceremonies.

In addition to providing a valuable benefit to out troops, Cell Phones for Soldiers is also providing a service to the environment. There are more than 130 million used phones retired every year in the United States.  Though each phone on its own may not pose much of an environmental risk, the cumulative impact is significant.  Those 130 million phones contain more than 16 million pounds of hazardous waste and only a small percentage are currently recycled.

Little Caesars has been committed to giving back to the community since its founders Michael and Marian Ilitch opened the first store on May 8, 1959. In 2006, Little Caesars created the Little Caesars Veterans Program to thank the men and women who have served in the armed forces and provide them with business ownership opportunities when they return home.

“The Little Caesars Veterans Program is helping veterans change their lives and build for their futures,” said Jaworski. “Now, with this program with Cell Phones for Soldiers, we can support our soldiers who are currently deployed and need assistance contacting home.”

About Little Caesars
Little Caesars Pizza founders Michael and Marian Ilitch opened their first restaurant in Garden City, Michigan, in 1959. Little Caesars, the fastest growing pizza chain, built more stores in the world in 2009 than any other pizza brand and today is the largest carry-out chain globally with restaurants on five continents. Little Caesars is growing in prime markets across the country, and is offering strong franchisee candidates an opportunity for independence with a proven system. In addition, Little Caesars offers strong brand awareness with one of the most recognized and appealing characters in the country, Little Caesar.In addition to Little Caesars Pizza, Ilitch companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Champion Foods, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Uptown Entertainment, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, and a variety of venues within these entities. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch owns MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information about the Little Caesars and available franchise opportunities, visit www.LittleCaesars.com or call 1.800.553.5776.
PRESS RELEASE: CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS ANNOUNCES FREE PHONE PROGRAM FOR RETURNING TROOPS

“Helping Heroes Home” Campaign Assists Transition to Civilian Life

Las Vegas, NV, January 7 — In response to a growing need to support military members returning from active duty, Cell Phones for Soldiers today announced an expansion of their services by offering free cell phones to all armed forces returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

To achieve this goal, the charity is calling on all Americans to donate their old phones to the cause.  The free phones are drawn from those donated by individuals and corporations; to achieve this goal, an additional 1 million phones will need to be donated in 2010.

“With tens of thousands of our brave troops returning from active duty this year, the need to help them get back on their feet here at home has never been greater,” said Brittany Bergquist, cofounder of Cell Phones for Soldiers.”We are thrilled to be able to provide this tremendous service to our brave men and women.”

The Helping Heroes Home campaign relies on the donations of used phones.  Qualifying phones are refurbished and given to requesting soldiers along with a month of calling time.  Other donated phones will either be recycled or used to fund the charity’s free calling-card program for troops overseas.

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by brother and sister Robbie and Brittany Bergquist.  To date, they have provided more than 60,000,000 minutes of free calling cards thanks to a national network of individual and corporate supporters donating phones and money.

“There are more than 130 million phones retired every year in the United States,” said Robbie Bergquist, cofounder of Cell Phones for Soldiers. “If just 2% of all American’s were to donate their phones, we could supply every troop with a phone as a small measure of the gratitude of a nation.”

Sponsors for this initiative include the Consumer Electronics Association, One Source Inc. and ReCellular Inc.

About Cell Phones for Soldiers:
Cell Phones for Soldiers was created by Brittany & Robbie Bergquist of Norwell MA.  After reading a story about a soldier who ran up a huge phone bill calling home from Iraq, these two teenagers decided to help out.  They started by opening an account with $21.00 of their own money.  They are collecting cash donations and old cell phones.  The cell phones are recycled for cash and the proceeds are used to buy prepaid calling cards for our soldiers serving in the Middle East.  Cell Phones For Soldiers is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Their efforts have motivated people and businesses around the country to donate to this worthy cause.  Their goal is to provide every US soldier with a way to call home for free.  For more information, please visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com

CUB SCOUNTS ROUNDING UP CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS

Published: Tuesday, November 3, 2009
By Michael C. Butz
MButz@News-Herald.com
When his older brother was stationed in Iraq, 11-year-old Jesse Sidhu said he only used to get to talk with him about once every six months.

The phone calls were infrequent, but the Wickliffe resident said he always was excited to talk to his brother, a Marine who’s now stationed in California.

“He told me all about the bad guys,” said Jesse, who’s a Cub Scout in Wickliffe-based Pack 289.
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Now, with help from Pack 289, it’s hoped that countless other kids might get to experience the same excitement Jesse did but a little more often. The pack is set to kick off a Cell Phones for Soldiers campaign and spent a night last week at Wickliffe Presbyterian Church assembling and decorating the donation boxes.

“We’re proud of our Cub Scouts for showing support for U.S. soldiers, and for contributing to a worthy cause like Cell Phones for Soldiers,” said Erin Vanatta, assistant Cubmaster for Pack 289 of Wickliffe. “This … is a great way to donate old phones that would otherwise sit in a drawer.”

Cell Phones for Soldiers is a national nonprofit that collects and recycles used cell phones. The money it earns from recycling the old phones is then used to buy prepaid calling cards for troops serving in the Middle East. It’s estimated that each phone donated amounts to an hour of free talk time.

“I like the project because it helps support our troops,” said 10-year-old Jacob Link of Willowick. “(The phones) can go to families so they can get emotionally stronger. (The troops) won’t miss their families as much.”

The donation boxes will be placed in three Revol Wireless stores in Lake County: 34031 Vine St., Eastlake; 29 Fern Drive, Painesville; and 28152 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills.

The boxes should be in those stores now and will stay there through at least Christmas, said Vanatta, adding that donated phones are tax-deductible.

“We’re hoping for 100 phones (to be donated),” she said. “That would be a great thing, and it’s a reasonable number.”

The pack is off to a good start. They already have 16 phones collected thanks to word-of-mouth advertising.

“You guys already have 16 hours of talk time for soldiers overseas,” Vanatta explained to the pack, which consists of 47 first- to fifth-graders from Wickliffe, Eastlake, Mentor, Willoughby Hills and Willowick. The project is part of the 100th anniversary of scouting. Cub Scouts across the country can earn an award by completing various tasks, and the Cell Phones for Soldiers campaign is just one way in which the boys in Pack 289 hope to earn their awards, Cubmaster Andy Hunger said.

Wickliffe resident Paul Archibald, whose 10-year-old and 6-year-old grandsons, Mitchell and Nathan, are in Pack 289, said he hopes all the boys gain a sense of responsibility through participating in the Cell Phones for Soldiers campaign.

“(I hope they get out of this project) the knowledge that there are other people they have to look after and support, not only in their back yards, but in other cities, communities and overseas where these brave individuals are,” he said.

For more information about the program, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com. For more information on Pack 289, visit www.cubscoutpack289.webs.com.

MARCOPHILE: ISLANDERS, AT&T TEAM UP TO HELP THE TROOPS

Kara Grifoni, manager of the AT&T store in the Marco Town Center Mall, processes some of the cell phones donated to the project to help American troops abroad.Don Farmer / Special to the Eagle

BY CHRIS CURLE, DON FARMER – If you are upgrading your cell phone to a PDA such as a Treo, a Blackberry or an iPhone, whatever, don’t toss your older phone into the trash.
Take it to the AT&T store in Town Center Mall and that company will put the old phone to good use for military personnel overseas.
The phones are recycled and the proceeds from that are used to buy free phone cards for the troops. It’s a joint project by AT&T and the Cell Phones for Soldiers organization. A side benefit is that the old phones are disposed of in a safe, none polluting way.
Kara Grifoni, manager of the AT&T store on Marco, is an enthusiastic promoter of the cell phone program to help the troops.
“We love it when customers bring in phones they want to replace for the project,” says Grifoni. “We send the phones immediately to the recycling location.”
Kara also has announced a discount incentive at the Marco AT&T store.
“Anyone who brings in a cell phone for recycling will get a 10 percent discount on any accessory product we sell here,” she says. The discount is not for new phone instruments but includes all accessories, such as leather cases, cables, wireless ear pieces, etc.
Already, AT&T and the charity have recycled more than 2.5 million wireless devices in the past year. Even so, the EPA estimates that only about 10 percent of all discarded cell phones are actually recycled.
Yet the recycling firm ReCellular estimates says the recycling already has helped avoid creating 153 tons of electronic waste in the past year. By their calculations, that’s the equivalent of enough energy to power approximately 7,709 U.S. households for a year.
AT&T offers two ways for consumers to donate phones. Wireless customers of any carrier can drop off used cell phones and accessories at any of the 2,000-plus AT&T corporate-owned stores across the U.S. Or, they can download free shipping labels from att.com/recyclewireless.
The Marco store at Town Center Mall is a franchise property that eagerly takes part in the project thanks to the initiative of manager Kara Grifoni.

VETERANS & FAMILY MEMORIAL CARE RAISES A QUARTER
MILLION FREE CALLING TIME MINUTES FOR TROOPS

SANIBEL, FL- More than 150,000 troops are serving overseas and are away from their families. Sanibel, Florida based Veterans & Family Memorial Care is calling on all Americans to support these brave men and women by donating their old cell phones. Since May, VFMC’s exclusive funeral home provider network has collected nearly 4000 old cell phones that have translated into over two hundred twenty two thousand (222,000) free calling time minutes for our heroes overseas. “Our strategic alliance with Cell Phones for Soldiers has been a tremendous success” said Mark Davis, CEO & founder of Veterans & Family Memorial Care. “Our nationwide network of over 700 family owned funeral homes in 45 states, are committed to giving every soldier serving overseas a much needed connection to their loved ones back home.”

People in communities nationwide can donate their old cell phones to the cause at any one of the over 700 Exclusive VFMC Providers in 45 states and Guam. The goal of the collection drive is to collect 5,000 phones over the next three months. To find a drop-off location near you visit www.VeteransFuneralHomes.com and go to the Veterans Funeral Home Directory or call toll free (866) 770-6791.

Americans will replace an estimated 130 million cell phones this year,” says Mike Newman, vice president of ReCellular, “with the majority of phones either discarded or stuffed in a drawer.  Most people don’t realize that the small sacrifice of donating their unwanted phones can have a tremendous benefit for a worthy cause like Cell Phones for Soldiers.”

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization has raised millions of dollars in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.

“We have been overwhelmed by the generous support of thousands of Americans who have helped our troops speak with their loved ones,” says the teens’ father, Bob Bergquist. “However the need for support keeps growing as more soldiers are sent to the Middle East or are asked to serve extended tours of duty.”

Through increased fundraising efforts, the Bergquist family hopes to raise more than $9 million in the next five years to fund new programs, such as providing video phones to allow soldiers abroad to see their families on a regular basis.

The phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone — enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad.

Approximately half of the phones ReCellular processes are reconditioned and resold to wholesale companies in over 40 countries around the world. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and recycled to the highest environmental standards.

AURORA BANK FSB PRESENTS A SPECIAL 4TH OF JULY GIFT TO CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS AND “OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM”

Registered 501(c)3 Organization Hopes to Collect 50,000 Cell Phones, Enough to Provide 3 Million Minutes Calling Time for Troops Serving Overseas

NORWELL, Mass., July 1, 2009 – There are 5,000 soldiers in Afghanistan who will be talking to their loved ones this 4th of July, thanks to Aurora Bank’s collection of recycled cell phones.  The bank’s presentation of over 1,500 used cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers provided 5,000 100 minute calling cards for the 4-25 BCT Army Battalion. Colonel Michael Howard graciously accepted the phone cards from Cell Phones for Soldiers and Aurora Bank on behalf of the 4,868 soldiers that are serving under his command as part of “Operation Enduring Freedom”.

The ambitious goal is only one percent of the estimated 7.2 million cell phones Americans will retire during the month of July and the celebration of our independence. The vast majority of these phones will be added to landfills, where they pose a toxic risk to the surrounding environment.

“Donating your old cell phone is a small, easy sacrifice to make to support our troops.” says Brittany Bergquist, Cell Phones for Soldiers co-founder. “But for the troops overseas, it provides a priceless connection to their loved ones at home.  Because of substantial donations from companies like Aurora Bank, we have never had to say no to a deployed soldier.  We are honored to present these cards to an entire battalion because of the efforts of Aurora Bank to collect phones for Cell Phones for Soldiers.”

“We are grateful that Cell Phones For Soldiers is able to repurpose old cell phones for the benefit of our country’s soldiers and their families.” Noted Ted Janulis, Chairman of Aurora Bank FSB. “It is so important for these men and women to be able to connect with their loved ones back home and we are proud to be a part of this effort.”

In recognition of July 4th events all over the country, Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to collect more than 50,000 phones to keep troops serving overseas connected with their loved ones at home.

The ambitious goal is only one percent of the estimated 7.2 million cell phones Americans will retire during the 4th of July events throughout the country in the month of July. The vast majority of these phones will be added to landfills, where they pose a toxic risk to the surrounding environment.

Cell Phones for Soldiers safely recycles retired cell phones, and uses the proceeds to provide prepaid calling cards for the brave men and women serving in the Armed Forces abroad. The average recycled cell phone is worth enough to provide a 60 minute calling card for international use.

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501c3 non-profit organization has raised almost $1 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.

“We are continuously overwhelmed by the enthusiastic support of thousands of Americans who have helped our troops speak with their loved ones,” says the teens’ father, Bob Bergquist. “However, the need for support continues as we have soldiers being deployed all over the world and many in the Middle East are being asked to serve extended tours of duty.”

Through increased fundraising efforts, the Bergquist family hopes to raise more than $9 million in the next five years to fund new programs, such as providing video phones and prepaid service to allow soldiers abroad to see their families on a regular basis.  They are also researching programs to provide technology for returning Veterans to aid their transition back into the work force.

The donated phones are sent to ReCellular, which reimburses Cell Phones for Soldiers for recycled phones. Approximately half of the phones ReCellular processes are reconditioned and resold to wholesale companies in over 40 countries around the world. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and recycled to reclaim materials, including:

  • Gold, silver and platinum from circuit boards
  • Copper wiring from phone chargers
  • Nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs
  • Plastic from phone cases and accessories
Information on ReCellular’s recycling processes and benefits can be found in their 2008 Corporate Sustainability
Report, which is available for download at: http://www.recellular.com/images/ReCel_Sustainability.pdf

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Kohl’s Selects 10 Young Volunteers for National Recognition

America’s youth contribute more than 1.3 billion hours of community service each year, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service. Today, Kohl’s Department Stores recognized 10 of these stand-up kids by naming them national winners of the Kohl’s Kids Who Care® Scholarship Program.Ranging in age from 10 to 18, each winner was awarded a $5,000 scholarship in addition to his or her regional winnings. Kohl’s will also donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization of each winner’s choosing.This year’s Kids Who Care scholarship recipients were selected for advocating youth literacy, founding a charity for disabled youth, raising money for underprivileged children and more.

Scholarship recipients are:

– Sarosha Hansraj, 10, Grapevine, Tex. – Sarosha founded an organization that has helped serve more than 255 underprivileged children in Afghanistan by providing them school supplies.

– Mary-Pat Hector, 10, Jonesboro, Ga. – Mary-Pat wrote and directed a play, “Easy Street Ain’t So Easy,” to raise awareness about abuse and donated $2,500 to a homeless shelter.

– Maxwell Lawson, 11, Munster, Ind. – Maxwell turned his birthday parties into fundraising events to collect supplies for Guatemalan children and to purchase prosthetic legs for children.

– Stephen Toledo, 12, Randolph, N.J. – Stephen raised money and collected recreational supplies to donate to local children’s hospitals.

– Patrick Pedraja, 13, Palm Harbor, Fla. – Patrick has added 6,500 people to the National Marrow Donor Program Registry through the program he founded, Driving for Donors.

– Sara-Elizabeth Clark, 13, Gardiner, N.Y. – Sara-Elizabeth raised more than $25,000 for epilepsy and a book is being authored about her experiences living with epilepsy.

– David Steinmetz, 16, Woodbridge, Conn. – David obtained a grant to provide 275 of his self-written books to children at Camp Good Grief, a bereavement program for kids who have lost loved ones.

– Brittany Bergquist, 17, Norwell, Mass. – Brittany helped raise more than $1 million and has sent more than 450,000 phone cards overseas since she began the Cell Phones for Soldiers program.

– Lorna Her Many Horses, 18, Rosebud, S.D. – Lorna distributed more than 2,500 books to children on her reservation to help improve literacy.

– Michael Pesci, 18, Parsippany, N.J. – Michael raised more than $150,000 to provide sports equipment to those in need through the program he founded, the Perfect Pitch Home Run Derby Charity Event.

“To see kids as young as 10 founding programs, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars and caring for those in need is inspiring because they are learning at an early age the intrinsic value of volunteerism,” said Julie Gardner, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Kohl’s. “Kohl’s is thrilled to reward these kids through the Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship Program and hopes it will encourage more young people to volunteer.”

Since launching the Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship Program in 2001, more than 7,000 scholarships and prizes totaling over $1.5 million have been awarded to youth volunteers nationwide. This year, Kohl’s awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships and prizes to reward these outstanding kids based on their initiative, leadership, creativity and generosity.

For more information or a list of Kids Who Care winners, visit www.kohlskidswhocare.com.
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CNN MoneyAT&T and Cell Phones for Soldiers Surpass First-Year Goal, Raising Over $2 Million to Support U.S. Troops With Free Phone Cards

DALLAS, July 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – Recycle wireless phones and help connect U.S. military families with free phone cards. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and military charity Cell Phones for Soldiers (CPFS) have been connecting those dots since July 2007 — by recycling cell phones in more than 2,000 AT&T stores across 1,100 U.S. cities. And, as Independence Day approaches, the company and the charity are celebrating that CPFS has now raised more than $2 million — including recycling proceeds and financial and in-kind donations — since the two joined forces.

To celebrate the one-year milestone, AT&T is now pledging another year of recycling support for the charity — in all company-owned stores.

CPFS collects and recycles wireless phones and uses the proceeds to buy free phone cards for U.S. military members and their families. The first-year results of the program have surpassed the 2007 goal of raising $1.4 million, enough to provide a free 20-minute phone card for all troops stationed in Iraq at that time.

Phones recycled through AT&T stores, community drives and online tools have added volume to the broader efforts of the CPFS recycling program, which has now collected more than a million total wireless phones since July 2007 — including 90,000 phones collected via AT&T channels in just the past three months.

This builds on the environmental challenge issued in April 2008, when AT&T pledged to help the charity recycle 1.8 million phones by April 2009 and expanded its support beyond company stores, to also engage a network of more than 300,000 AT&T volunteers, The AT&T Pioneers. Through community-based donation drives, volunteers have already collected more than 10,000 additional wireless phones in the just past few months.

“As we approach one of the most patriotic holidays of the year,” said Paul Roth, president of Marketing and Sales for AT&T’s wireless unit, “we’re focused on helping to keep military families connected. Our work with Cell Phones for Soldiers is one way we’re doing that, and anyone can join us by dropping a used cell phone in our stores or by using the free resources available online. We know that we can make a difference because we’ve already seen it happen: Our weekly in-store recycling averages are three times what they were in 2007 and 17 times more than the same time in 2006.”

AT&T is also supporting CPFS by accepting recycled phones via sponsored events like the Vans Warped Tour 2008, a popular music festival making more than 40 stops across the U.S. this summer, and the AT&T National, in Bethesda, Md., where CPFS recycling mailer bags will be available to golf fans attending the tournament.

“When we first sent an e-mail to AT&T more than a year and a half ago, we never dreamed the company’s response would lead to so much more support for military families, ” said CPFS co-founder Brittany Bergquist. “AT&T has helped us reach more people with our mission — through more recycling locations, more phone cards for the troops, more public awareness for our cause, and now, new corporate partners who have noticed us and come on board to help. We are so grateful to AT&T for all of this, and we are excited to continue our recycling mission with them for another year. It means that more military families will be able to stay in touch. And that means a whole lot to us at Cell Phones for Soldiers.”

CPFS estimates that — thanks to the proceeds from recycling efforts, financial and in-kind contributions, enhanced visibility, and new, large-scale partnerships — it has sent roughly 200,000 free phone cards to military members since last May, when AT&T first announced its support and the two organizations began working together to build awareness for the cause.

Cell Phones for Soldiers and Home Properties Launch National Cell Phone Collection at 114 Locations

NORWELL, Mass., July 1 /PRNewswire/ – More than 150,000 troops are serving overseas and are away from their families. Cell Phones for Soldiers and Home Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT) with communities in selected Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Southeast Florida markets, are calling on all Americans to support these brave men and women by donating used cell phones.

“We’re asking Americans to make a small sacrifice of support by donating their used cell phones, providing families with a much-needed connection to their loved ones overseas,” says Brittany Bergquist, Cell Phones for Soldiers co-founder.

Home Properties residents can donate their old cell phones to the cause at any one of almost 120 Home Properties locations in Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The goal of the collection drive is to collect 5,000 phones in three months. Non-residents are also invited to participate. To find a drop-off location near you, visit http://www.homeproperties.com and utilize the map to search in your area.

“We’re proud to show our support for U.S. soldiers, and to work with our residents and employees to contribute to a worthy cause like Cell Phones for Soldiers,” says Rosemarie Cook-Manley, Marketing Director at Home Properties.

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization has raised millions of dollars in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.

“We have been overwhelmed by the generous support of thousands of Americans who have helped our troops speak with their loved ones,” says the teens’ father, Bob Bergquist. “However the need for support keeps growing as more soldiers are sent to the Middle East or are asked to serve extended tours of duty.”

Through increased fundraising efforts, the Bergquist family hopes to raise more than $9 million in the next five years to fund new programs, such as providing video phones to allow soldiers abroad to see their families on a regular basis.

The phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone — enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad.

Approximately half of the phones ReCellular processes are reconditioned and resold to wholesale companies in over 40 countries around the world. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and recycled to the highest environmental standards.

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Cell Phones for Soldiers and ReCellular, Inc. Partner with  Comcast's Eastern DivisionComcast Cable’s Eastern Division, Cell Phones For Soldiers And ReCellular Team Up To Connect Troops With Their Families This Father’s Day And Year-Round

Cell Phones for Soldiers to Turn Donated Phones Into 18 Million Calling Card Minutes for U.S. Troops

Oaks, Pa. (June 12, 2008) – Today, Comcast Cable’s Eastern Division announced a partnership with Cell Phones for Soldiers to make it easier for service members overseas to call home without calling collect. Comcast has collected nearly 300 older cell phones from employees throughout its Eastern Division, and has committed to donating up to 1,200 within the first year of the partnership. The phones will be sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone – enough to provide an hour of talk time in pre-paid calling cards to soldiers abroad.

The Cell Phones for Soldiers program works to turn old cell phones into more than 18 million minutes of prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops stationed overseas. To do so, Cell Phones for Soldiers expects to collect 25,000 cell phones each month through a network of more than 10,000 collection sites across the country.

“Comcast is pleased to help provide opportunities for service members overseas to stay connected with their friends and families during special occasions like Father’s Day and throughout the year,” said Michael Doyle, president of Comcast Cable’s Eastern Division and founder of CN8, The Comcast Network. “Comcast employs hundreds of veterans and service members throughout its footprint, and we are pleased to add this to our growing roster of public service programs and initiatives to support troop members and their families.”

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501c3 non-profit organization has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.

“Cell Phones for Soldiers started as a small way to show our family’s appreciation for the men and women who have sacrificed the day-to-day contact with their own families to serve in the U.S. armed forces,” said the teens’ father, Bob Bergquist. “Over the past few years, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of others – but as more troops continue to serve overseas and for longer assignments, there is a continuing and growing need to expand our efforts.”

Through increased fundraising efforts, the Bergquist family hopes to raise more than $9 million in the next five years to fund new programs, such as providing video phones and prepaid service to allow soldiers abroad to see and speak with their families on a regular basis.

“Americans will replace an estimated 130 million cell phones this year,” said Mike Newman, vice president of ReCellular. “The majority of these phones either discarded or stuffed in a drawer – most people don’t realize that the small sacrifice of donating their unwanted phones can have a tremendous benefit for a worthy cause like Cell Phones for Soldiers.”

Approximately half of the phones ReCellular processes are reconditioned and resold to wholesale companies in more than 40 countries around the world. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and recycled to reclaim materials. This year alone, ReCellular expects to recycle one million pounds of scrap phones and accessories, and it works with recycling partners to reclaim materials from virtually every component donated, including:
• Gold, silver and platinum from circuit boards
• Copper wiring from phone chargers
• Nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs
• Plastic from phone cases and accessories
• Paper and cardboard from shipping materials used for donations

ReCellular has supported more than 2,000 national and local charities since pioneering its Charity Cell Phone Donation Program. In 2007 ReCellular raised $8 million for charities such as Cell Phones for Soldiers.

“One of the founding principles of ReCellular is to build a successful business that is both socially and environmentally responsible,” added Newman. “It is a great honor and privilege to support such a worthy and inspiring effort as the Bergquists’ Cell Phones for Soldiers, and we are delighted to see companies like Comcast joining in the campaign.”

Partnering with Cell Phones for Soldiers is just one of the many ways Comcast shows its support for America’s troops. From signature “Get Local” programs like Troop Greetings ON DEMAND, a service that allows military personnel stationed overseas to send special holiday greetings to their loved ones back home, to military-focused investments, volunteerism and programming, Comcast helps connect service members and their families to what matters most in their lives. Most recently, Comcast’s Eastern Division made military service graduations from the Air Force, Naval Academy and West Point available to its Digital Cable subscribers through its Local Video ON DEMAND service, allowing customers to watch at their own convenience from home, with the ability to pause, fast-forward and rewind.

About Comcast
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Comcast Cable is a division of Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com), the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services. With 24.7 million cable customers, 14.1 million high-speed Internet customers and 5.2 million voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.

Comcast’s Eastern Division serves almost 5.4 million customers along the New York to DC corridor, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia and North Carolina. The Eastern Division also founded and manages CN8, The Comcast Network, one of the nation’s largest and most honored regional 24-hour diversified television networks, seen by more than nine million homes on the East Coast. The Eastern Division employs approximately 18,000 people and is based in Oaks, Pennsylvania.

The CIGNA Falmouth Road Race is proud to announce that they will partner with the Norwell-based group Cell Phones for Soldiers

Brittany and Robbie Bergquist are teenage siblings who didn’t even own a cell phone in 2004, when they heard that an Army reservist faced a $7,600 bill for making calls home from Iraq. The two teens decided to try and help pay his bill. They took their piggybank funds and talked to their friends in an effort to help pay the bill.

They founded Cell Phones for Soldiers based on three ideas: most people have an old, inactive cell phone lying around; they’d probably donate it to the right cause; and they would agree that, as Brittany puts it, “Everyone has a right to call home.”

In three years, an effort that began with a piggybank raid and a car wash has turned into a booming home-front charity – one that has turned its founders’ lives upside down and won them devoted friends throughout the military and beyond.

Cell Phones for Soldiers solicits unwanted cell phones, sells them to a recycler and uses the money to buy pre-paid phone cards that are shipped to the war zone.

Race co-director John Carroll stated, “We are very happy to work with CPFS. Our goal is to collect over 2,500 phones. Most people have one or more old phones at home. They need to bring them with them when they come to get their numbers. We will take all types of cell phones.”

“I believe,” Carroll continued, “that any phone CPFS gets can is worth $5 of free minutes in a call home for some soldier overseas. CPFS recycles the phones, gets money for them, and then turns the cash into phone cards that are distributed to the men and women overseas. We have a lot of phones laying around, that could help a lot of troops call their families.”

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The 2008 New England Innovation Awards “Patriot Award” has been presented to Brittany and Robbie Bergquist

The 2008 New England Innovation Awards “Patriot Award” was presented to Brittany Bergquist and Robbie Bergquist, CellPhonesForSoldiers.com, by SBANE Chairman, Ed Estrowski, at the special gala dinner May 7, 2008. Brittany and Robbie were honored for their outstanding and unselfish service to our fellow countrymen. SBANE is proud to recognize those whose efforts make a difference in our daily lives and contribute toward the sustainability of our programs here and abroad.

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HOAR  Program ManagementHOAR Program Management and Cell Phones for Soldiers Kick off Cell Phone Drive for the Month of June

As we all prepare for Independence Day and a salute to the men and women serving this country, Hoar Program Management will be sponsoring cell phone drop boxes at the following program management offices from June 6, 2008 through June 28, 2008:
– Birmingham, AL
– Tuscaloosa, AL
– Houston, TX
– Dallas, TX
Each location will also be accepting prepaid calling cards and checks made out to Cell Phones for Soldiers. The Birmingham office will close the collection drive with an event at Veteran’s Park on June 28, 2008 in Birmingham, AL.

Our goal is to collect enough phones and money to supply 1,000 hours of talk time to our soldiers overseas.

For details, please see our website at http://www.hoarpm.com/community_service/default.aspx or from the main Hoar Program Management website http://www.hoarpm.com/ by going to the “About HPM” selection and scrolling to “Community Service”.

We look forward to a successful drive and appreciate everyone who participates and contributes as we support our soldiers who are away from their families serving to protect us and preserve the freedoms that generation after generation has fought for.

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Join “THE DJ” As He Camps Some 20-Feet High On A Tower To Raise Funds For Cell Phones For Soldiers

Tupelo, Ms – For every dollar you donate you will be entered into a drawing to win one of many fabulous prizes!

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A  Soldier's PerspectiveAT&T and Cell Phone for Soldiers Celebrate Fleet Week

Eight hundred hours of talk time. That’s what one Army unit in Iraq will get thanks to a group of Hawaii second graders. Carson Risdon’s Dad is in Iraq, and everytime the phone rings he hopes it will be his father on the other end. “I just like my dad calling, it’s really fun I don’t get to talk to him much because theres a web cam thing that won’t work,” Risdon said.

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KHNL  HawaiiHawaii Second Graders Donated Cell Phones For Soldiers

Eight hundred hours of talk time. That’s what one Army unit in Iraq will get thanks to a group of Hawaii second graders. Carson Risdon’s Dad is in Iraq, and everytime the phone rings he hopes it will be his father on the other end. “I just like my dad calling, it’s really fun I don’t get to talk to him much because theres a web cam thing that won’t work,” Risdon said.

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Star Bulletin HawaiiTeens help troops stay in touch

The teenage Bergquists were invited to attend and be honored yesterday at Shinnyo-En Hawaii’s 10th annual Memorial Day floating lantern ceremony. They were to go to Holy Family Catholic Academy to pick up hundreds of cell phones collected by students and to give phone cards to children of deployed military.

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Honolulu AdvertiserBusinesses help troops call home

The owner of Helen’s Haven, a tiny spa on Kilauea Avenue, is helping a national nonprofit called Cell Phones for Soldiers meet its goal of 15,000 donated cell phones each month to help American military people overseas stay in touch with their loved ones at home.

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Madison County helps recycle phones so soldiers can call home

Belleville News Democrat – IL, USA
The organization’s founders, Brittany Bergquist, 17, and her brother, Robbie, 16, sell the phones to a recycler and use the money to buy prepaid phone cards

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Cell Phones for Soldiers and Pak Mail kicks off national cell phone collection drive

Cell Phones for Soldiers and Pak Mail, the world’s premier business solutions center with 430 U.S. locations and 60 international sites, are calling on all Americans to support the brave men and women serving abroad by donating your unused cell phones. Local residents can support the collection drive by donating their phones at any Pak Mail location. To find a location near you visit http://www.pakmail.com and utilize the zip code finder.

Teens help troops phone homeUSA  Today

NORWELL, Mass. — At the holidays, for a soldier at war, there’s nothing like a phone call home. Brittany and Robbie Bergquist have provided more than $1.4 million worth of them — 24 million precious minutes. The Bergquists are teenage siblings who didn’t even own a cellphone in 2004, when they heard that an Army reservist faced a $7,600 bill for making calls home from Iraq.

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Microsoft AwardBritany & Robbie Win Microsoft Above and Beyond Youth Leadership Award

Sister and brother Brittany and Robbie Bergquist created their program, Cell Phones for Soldiers, in 2004 when they were 13 and 12 years old, respectively. They learned of a soldier who had run up a cell phone bill of nearly $8,000 calling home to his family. Having a cousin serving in Iraq at the time made them realize the importance of keeping in touch with loved ones.

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Fox 2 News Cell Phones Can Turn Into Calling Cards For Soldiers

Fox 2 News, St. Louis – Your old cell phone can help a soldier stay in touch with family. FOX 2’s Bonita Cornute tells us how a program called “Cell Phones For Soldiers” brings comfort to military families. O’Fallon, Illinois VFW Post 805 helps collect the wireless treasures. The trade off – one old phone generates two new phone cards!

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San  RitaSanta Rita Teams up with CPFS to Salute Our Armed Forces

From September 1 through December 31, 2007, a portion of the proceeds of Santa Rita wines sold at participating retailers will be donated to Cell Phones for Soldiers, an organization that provides pre-paid phone cards to our armed forces overseas. Santa Rita’s goal is to raise $100,000 towards phone cards for our service men and women serving abroad this holiday season.

In addition, Santa Rita is sponsoring the placement of cell phone drop boxes throughout the country, running local radio and newspaper advertising, and attaching coupons and information to its bottles on store shelves. To order a drop box or to donate your cell phone, visit www.santaritacares.com.

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Rosemont FloralNEED FLOWERS?

Cell Phones for Soldiers recently collaborated with Rosemont Floral in the Touching Hearts Fundraising Partnership to raise money for phone cards to help troops abroad call home. When you use Rosemont Floral for flower orders over $25.00, a contribution of $3.00 will be go directly towards Cell Phones for Soldiers. Orders can be placed for across town or across the country. Just mention the Touching Hearts ID: SOLDIERS and Rosemont Floral will take care of the rest. If you order online, simply enter SOLDIERS into the comments field. Share the Touching Hearts Fundraising Partnership information with friends and family and help Rosemont Floral raise funds and awareness about this much need service. Don’t forget to send flowers to all those Dads n’Grads in your life!

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Times LeaderCell phones aiding soldiers

DO YOU have a couple of old cell phones lying around, and you don’t know what to do with them? Give them to a good cause — Cell Phones for Soldiers.

In conjunction with Veterans Day, AT&T-owned stores nationwide — including the Ohio Valley Mall location — are asking Americans to drop off all their used cell phones to benefit a charitable program that helps U.S. military families stay connected. There is a box stationed at the entrance to the Ohio Valley Mall store.

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Support for Cell Phones for Soldiers drive continues to grow

Florida – From sadness comes hope as woman honors her nephew. When Alixis Mendez Hull’s nephew, Cpl. Justin R. Garcia, died late last year in Iraq, the resident of the Village of Florida looked to honor his memory and his service. “Justin’s story is a poignant one and he left an inspiring legacy,” Hull said.

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Central Kitsap ReporterGirl Scouts helping servicemen

With almost everyone including kindergartners carrying cell phones these days, it’s often hard to decide what to do with an old lifeline that has seen better days. That’s where the girls of Bremerton’s Girl Scout Troop 50599 are waiting to lend a helping hand. The troop recently joined the nationwide Cell Phones for Soldiers program and is collecting cell phones, which are recycled for cash and those proceeds are used to purchase prepaid calling cards for soldiers serving in the Middle East.

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The Washington PostHours Add Up to Free Minutes

Working around school activities such as Brittany’s softball practices and Robbie’s soccer games, they spend two to three hours a day sorting phones and labeling envelopes. There is little or no time for TV and video games.

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Turner MotorsportsTurner Motorsports Team raises more than $25,000 for CPFS!

Robbie and Brittany donate pre-paid calling cards before the race for deployed service members from NC.

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Liberty Tax ServiceTax Service Sends Out Cell Phones

for Troops

MARTINSBURG: Twenty-seven thousand minutes of time to call home — that’s what troops in Iraq will be getting, thanks to the Martinsburg branch of Liberty Tax Service and the “Cell Phones For Soldiers” program.

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The New Haven RegisterAT&T launches Cell Phones for Soldiers

Along with the traditional fireworks and cookouts, there is a new way to celebrate Independence Day — donating old cell phones at AT&T Inc. stores, where a Massachusetts-based charity will sell them to buy prepaid phone cards for U.S. soldiers deployed abroad.

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The Dallas Morning NewsFree calls keep troops in touch

Carrollton clan among those helped by Cell Phones for Soldiers

Ashley Parker’s husband left Wednesday afternoon. The 25-year-old Carrollton mother of 6-week-old Caleb said the separation is tremendously difficult. “This is the third time he’s left,” Mrs. Parker said. “When he does this, we normally only talk once a week.”

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Best & BrightestBrittany Bergquist recognized as one of the ‘Best & Brightest’

Norwell – Thirteen local students were honored by Community Newspaper Co. as The Best & The Brightest in an award ceremony last week. The Best & The Brightest is a recognition program designed to spotlight outstanding young adults in communities covered by CNC’s local newspapers.

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AT&TAT&T Supports Cell Phones for Soldiers

A long-standing mission of AT&T is helping connect military families. Cell Phones for Soldiers, initiated in 2004 by 16-year-old Brittany Bergquist and her 15-year-old brother Robbie, uses funds from recycled cell phones to buy prepaid phone cards for active duty military members – to help connect them with their families.

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UBNC Yuba-Sutter ChapterUBNC donates proceeds from ‘Third Annual Soldier Down Poker Run’

Special thanks to the United Bikers of Northern California, Yuba-Sutter Chapter, for donating proceeds from their ‘Third Annual Soldier Down Poker Run’ to the Cell Phones for Soldiers program!

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Rolling Thunder Communications in MonroeKeep those phones ‘rolling’ in

William Duvall, left, Rolling Thunder Communications sales representative; Arlene Sexton, vice president; Joseph Sexton, left, president; Christina Gali, sales representative, Michael McNamee, cell phone assistant to Bob Martell; and Martell, vice commander for the American Legion Post 488, display an additional donation of 150 cell phones collected recently through the efforts of Rolling Thunder Communications in Monroe. That brings the total number of cell phones donated to 850 from this area for the “Cell Phones for Soldiers” campaign.

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Brittany & RobbieTeens’ Program Keeps Troops Connected

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2007 – Two Massachusetts teens are working to turn Americans’ unwanted cell phones into more than 12 million minutes of prepaid talk time for the nation’s troops. “Cell Phones for Soldiers is the original (cell phone) recycling program created to benefit the troops and provide free prepaid calling cards and communication assistance to military members and their families,” said Brittany Bergquist, one of the group’s founders.

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Massachusettes RMVRMV Partners with CPFS

The Registry of Motor Vehicles has announced a partnership with Cell Phones for Soldiers to benefit Massachusetts soldiers serving in the Middle East.  The phone donation program will run throughout the Summer of 2007.

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Brittany & RobbieHelping Soldiers Phone Home

Brittany and Robbie Bergquist collect used cell phones and recycle them for cash to purchase phone cards for troops. They recently partnered with AT&T to make cell phone drop-off boxes available in stores. NBC’s Lester Holt reports.

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CBS  News with Katie CouricCell Phones for Soldiers Featured on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric

(CBS) For a 7-year-old who’s missing his daddy and a father thousands of miles away at war, a phone call is not just a chance to catch up: It’s the only way to cope, CBS News correspondent Kelly Wallace reports.

Read the entire story at www.cbs.com

Westshore WirelessWestshore Wireless Grand Opening Offers Free Phone Calls

Westshore Wireless is celebrating the grand opening of its North Ridgeville store at 34301 Center Ridge Road on Saturday, June 9, by offering free phone calls to soldiers from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. T-Mobile will provide five-minute phone calls from three dedicated lines to individuals who sign in beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Read the full press release

WWII  VetWWII Vet Notes Cell Phone’s Value

to Troops

Blackanthem Military News, WASHINGTON, D.C. – When Purple Heart recipient Earl “Scotty” MacKenzie was a World War II Army sergeant, communications with loved ones back home from the South Pacific where he was serving were extremely…

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Computers West Club of Sun City West becomes official collection point

The Computers West Club of Sun City West announced that it has become an official collection point for donations of cell phones for the “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program. Cell phones may be dropped off at the Palm Ridge Rec Center at 13800 W Deer Valley Drive from 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday.Telephone 623-214-1546.

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Kelly ServicesKelly is collection point

Kelly Services has joined the Cell Phones for Soldiers program as an official cell phone collection point. Kelly Services is situated at 1705 Village Park Drive in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Cell phones may be dropped off there during normal business hours.

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Joseph FinnScholarship to be dedicated in honor, memory of Joseph Finn

Cell Phones for Soldiers will be collaborating with Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island to create a scholarship dedicated in honor to the memory of Joseph Finn, an alumnus of the university. More information regarding the Joseph Finn scholarship will be provided soon.

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Human FirecrackerDaredevil blasts back to support troops

The 44-year-old Pinckney daredevil brought his “Human Firecracker” act out of retirement to help spur donations of cell phones and phone cards for U.S. troops as part of the Cell Phones for Soldiers drive.

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Cell Phones for Soldiers Meets with President Bush in the Oval  OfficeBrittany Bergquist meets with President Bush in the Oval Office

The leaders of several grassroots organizations associated with the Pentagon’s America Supports You program met today at the White House to discuss their efforts to support the men and women of the U.S. armed forces with President Bush and first lady Laura Bush.

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Cell Phones for SoldiersSenator Bill Larkin announces that his district office will serve as a collection site for Cell Phone For Soldiers

Americans are expected to replace an estimated 130 million cell phones this year. The majority of those phones are thrown in the trash or stuffed in a drawer. “We could turn those old unwanted cell phones into more than 12 million minutes of prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops stationed overseas in 2008 alone,” said Senator Larkin.

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Fairfax CountyFairfax County Teen Centers and Cell Phones for Soldiers Kick Off Cell Phone Collection Drive

Fairfax County Community and Recreation Teen Centers and Cell Phones for Soldiers are calling on all residents to support these brave men and women by donating your unused cell phones. Teen Centers are asking residents to make a small sacrifice of support by donating their unused cell phones and any accessories, providing families with a much-needed connection to their loved ones overseas. It’s free and convenient to turn in your used cell phone.

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GM Annouces Chevy Volt Pricing


by Peter Valdes-Dapena, senior writerJuly 27, 2010: 5:51 PM ET article retrieved from http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/27/autos/volt_price/index.htm

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — General Motors announced the final price of its Chevrolet Volt electric car Tuesday afternoon, but it’s the lease rate that will probably be most interesting to consumers.

The purchase price for a Volt will start at $41,000. The vehicle qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit, for an effective price of about $33,500.

GM will lease the Volt for about $350 a month for 36 months with $2,500 due at signing. The price includes 5 years of GM’s OnStar service.

GM will only sell about 10,000 Volts in its first year of production, which begins at the end of 2010 and they will initially be available only in California, New York, Michigan, Connecticut, Texas, New Jersey and the Washington, D.C. area.

A website at getmyvolt.com will include a Volt dealer locator. Interested customers can also call 888-VOLT-4-YOU (888-865-8496) with questions, GM said.

Powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, the Volt will be capable of traveling up to 40 miles on purely electric power. For driving beyond 40 miles, the Volt will have a four-cylinder gasoline engine that will generate electricity to power the wheels

The lease rate for the Volt makes it competitive with Nissan’s electric compact car, the Leaf. The Leaf is a purely electric vehicle with an up to 100 mile range. Unlike the Volt, the Leaf has no gasoline motor as a backup. The Leaf’s purchase price is lower at about $33,000 before tax incentives. Lease rates for the Leaf will be about the same as for the Volt.

The Volt’s purchase price, even after tax incentives, isn’t a real bargain, said Jesse Toprak, an analyst with the auto pricing website Truecar.com.

“I don’t think that is attractive, by itself,” Toprak said, “but the lease payments they’re putting out, that opens it up to virtually everybody in America.”

The difference in purchase price between the Nissan and GM cars is more than satisfied by the Volt’s greater flexibility, though, said James Bell, chief market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s automotive website KBB.com.

“The Leaf is not really a replacement vehicle for most households,” he said, “whereas the Volt can be.”

GM’s head of marketing, Joel Ewanick, told CNNMoney.com he expects more customers to lease the vehicle than to buy it.

GM recently announced that it will guarantee the Volt’s lithium ion battery for eight years or 100,000 miles as a way of alleviating concerns that customers might have about the battery.

“With the battery warranty that we just announced, we’re confident that Volt’s going to have a high resale value,” GM spokesman David Darovitz said. That’s why the lease rate can be so low, he said. A lease covers only the portion of the car’s value that it loses over the term of the lease — not the entire value of the car — plus financing costs.

At the same time that GM announced its pricing strategy for the Volt, Nissan announced that its Leaf electric car will match GM’s 8-year/100,000 mile battery warranty. Nissan also announced the first states in which the Leaf will be sold: California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee. Leaf sales will begin in other states shortly thereafter.

Pricing for the Volt isn’t a terribly critical business decision for GM, Toprak said, since the car is expected to lose money, anyway, during its initial run. It’s really an image-making “halo car” for GM.

“The real key is going to be when people get deliveries of the vehicle and how they live up to expectations,” he said. To top of page

The Chevy Volt: It’s Electric Boogie Woogie!


So what about this Chevy Volt?

The Chevy Volt is a newly designed plugged-in hybrid vehicle manufactured by GM that is quickly approaching its inception date of November 2011.  With fall just around the corner, car enthusiasts are well… ecstatic!

The Chevy Volt’s propulsion system is based on GM’s new Voltec electric mobile platform. GM calls the Volt an “extended-range electric vehicle” (or E-REV.)

It differs vastly from previous GM hybrid vehicles in that it operates entirely as an electric car for its first 40 miles after a full charge. It burns no gasoline during those miles, drawing energy from a 400-pound lithium ion battery pack containing 16 kilowatt-hours (kWh). Current from that pack powers a 150-hp electric motor that drives the Volt’s front wheels. But a 40-mile range isn’t enough to make a car practical, so the Volt also carries a 1.4-liter flex-fuel engine. Crucially, that engine doesn’t drive the wheels—it only kicks in to power a generator that sustains the battery charge enough to give the car another 300 miles of range. And that only happens once the battery is exhausted. (http://www.plugincars.com/chevrolet-volt/review)

Just recently Gm announced that the lithium ion battery pack will come with an 8 year/100,000 mile warranty!

The Volt, on top of being a technically advanced hybrid car, is also packed tight with many features and is one heck of a  stylish looking ride!

Chevrolet Cruze: Fuel-Efficient Powertrain Offerings Led By Technically Advanced Ecotec 1.4L Turbo


Detroit – The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is powered by a new generation of highly efficient, small-displacement four-cylinder engines, including the Ecotec 1.4L turbo and the Ecotec 1.8L. The Ecotec 1.4L turbo is standard on Eco, LT and LTZ models and helps the Cruze Eco achieve up to an estimated 40 mpg on the highway (with a standard six-speed manual transmission), which is expected to be the best fuel economy in the compact car segment.

The Ecotec 1.4L turbo delivers 138 horsepower (103 kW) and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (200 Nm) between 1,850 rpm and 4,900 rpm. The wide rpm range for the maximum torque – a specific trait of turbocharged engines – helps the engine deliver a better driving experience and performance.

Standard on Cruze LS models is the Ecotec 1.8L four-cylinder, which features a variable intake manifold for optimal performance across the rpm range. It is rated at 136 horsepower (103 kW) and 123 lb.-ft. of torque (168 Nm) at 3,800 rpm.

Both of Cruze’s new engines are part of Chevrolet’s global range of small-displacement engines designed with fuel efficiency in mind, including technology such as full variable valve timing that optimizes performance and fuel economy. They are matched with fuel-saving six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions.

“Power-dense small-displacement engines with turbocharging and variable valve timing, such as the Ecotec 1.4L turbo, are integral in our advanced technology strategy,” said Mike Katerberg, assistant chief engineer, Powertrain.

The Ecotec 1.4L turbo features design solutions that give it world-class smoothness and durability, including:

  • Low-mass hollow-frame cast iron block
  • Dual overhead camshafts with variable valve timing
  • Chain-driven cams
  • Roller-finger camshaft followers
  • Piston-cooling oil jets and integrated oil cooler
  • Variable-flow oil pump
  • Electronically controlled thermostat.

The 1.4L’s turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold, for reduced weight and greater packaging flexibility. A reinforced crankshaft and stronger connecting rods are unique, delivering additional strength to support the engine’s pressurized power and torque over a wide rpm band.

The engine also incorporates numerous mass-reducing features, including a cast iron block with a hollow frame structure, hollow-cast camshafts and a plastic intake manifold.

Turbocharging advantages

The Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine’s power-boosting advantage comes from forcing greater airflow into the engine. Its pressurized charge packs more air into the cylinders, allowing them to process the air and fuel of a larger engine for momentary driving situations.

“Because of the turbocharger’s on-demand performance, it’s like having two engines in the same vehicle – one for power and one for fuel economy,” said Katerberg. “It’s truly the best of both worlds. The proper sizing of the turbocharger gives us the ability to make the engine appear ‘small’ for fuel economy, yet deliver the torque of a much larger engine when needed for performance. It is also compatible with other technologies that enable even greater fuel economy.”

In addition to fuel efficiency, turbocharged engines also deliver favorable performance density. In fact, the Cruze’s new 1.4L engine delivers approximately 100 horsepower per liter. Turbocharging of small-displacement engines is most effective on small-to-midsize vehicles that enable a more favorable torque-to-curb weight ratio. This maximizes the efficiency of the engine while delivering the driving attributes customers expect. Cruze’s 1.4L turbo offers technologies and supporting features – such as transmission gearing – that enhance low-rpm torque for a greater feeling of off-the-line performance.

“Our research shows that turbocharging can deliver comparable torque to a non-charged engine that is 60-percent larger in displacement,” said Katerberg.

Ecotec 1.4L turbo details

The new Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine, standard on Cruze LT, Eco and LTZ, is built on a strong, low-mass foundation that supports its high-performance, high-efficiency attributes. Details on key features include:

Cylinder block: It is made of strong gray cast iron, with five reinforced main bearings. The block offers excellent thermal properties that suit the cylinder pressure and loads generated by a turbocharger system. To minimize weight, it features hollow-frame construction, making it about 20 percent lighter than a conventional casting. The block also incorporates a gray cast iron bedplate that helps reduce engine vibration.

The cylinders within the block are triple-honed for a smoother finish that minimizes piston friction and overall wear, while also optimizing oil and fuel consumption.

Crankshaft: The Ecotec 1.4L turbo uses a reinforced, solid-cast crankshaft that offers greater strength and stiffness, particularly at higher rpm, to support the boosted cylinder pressure of the turbo system.

Connecting rods and pistons: Like the crankshaft, the connecting rods and pistons are designed to support the greater load of the turbo system. The connecting rods are forged steel and the lightweight hypereutectic pistons are designed with a thicker crown area and a unique ring pack to withstand the boost pressure and heat generated by the turbo system. The engine’s compression ratio is 9.5:1.

Variable-flow oil pump: The Ecotec 1.4L turbo uses a unique, variable-flow oiling system that helps maximize fuel efficiency. It is accomplished with a crankshaft-driven oil pump that matches the oil supply to the engine load, rather than the linear operation of a conventional, fixed-flow pump. The Ecotec 1.4L turbo’s variable-flow pump changes its capacity based on the engine’s demand for oil. This prevents using energy to pump oil that is not required for proper engine operation.

Piston-cooling oil jets: The Ecotec 1.4L turbo incorporates piston-cooling oil jets to minimize piston temperatures – helping to optimize performance, efficiency and emissions. The jets are part of the engine’s oiling circuit, mounted at the bottom of each cylinder, and spray engine oil at the bottom of the pistons.

Oil-water cooler: The Ecotec 1.4L turbo requires an engine oil cooler to maintain optimum oil temperatures. It has a heat exchanger incorporated into the oil filter housing. Coolant to the heat exchanger is provided by the engine’s coolant circuit. The design optimizes oil cooling with a minimal pressure loss. During the cold starting, the system also enables faster heating of the engine oil for an earlier reduction of internal engine friction.

Structural oil pan: An aluminum oil pan is designed as a key structural component of the engine, adding stiffness that helps improve vibration characteristics.

Cylinder head: The Ecotec 1.4L turbo uses an aluminum cylinder head with dual-overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder. The head’s intake port design optimizes performance, efficiency and emissions by promoting greater charge motion of the intake air and a more complete burn of the air/fuel mixture. Sodium-filled exhaust valves are designed for the higher combustion temperatures of the turbo system.

Variable valve timing: The dual-overhead camshaft arrangement of the engine employs dual continuously variable cam phasing to adjust the engine valves’ opening and closing timing for optimal performance, fuel efficiency and emissions across the rpm band – including greater low-rpm torque. The intake and exhaust cams can be phased up to 60 crankshaft degrees. Cam phasing also eliminates the need for conventional exhaust gas recirculation, by optimizing the amount of exhaust gas in the combustion chamber. A vane-type camshaft phaser with an integrated oil-control valve is used for lower weight and greater packaging flexibility.

Hollow-cast, chain-driven camshafts: The pair of camshafts in the Ecotec 1.4L turbo is hollow and lighter than conventional solid shafts. Along with helping reduce the overall weight of the engine, they lower the inertia of the valvetrain, allowing the engine to rev higher and more quickly. The camshafts are driven by durable, maintenance-free chains.

Roller-finger camshaft followers: A low-mass DOHC roller-finger camshaft follower is used to minimize friction and maintenance. It operates with very low frictional losses, helping enhance efficiency and lower emissions. The hydraulic lash adjusters and the chain cam drive require no maintenance during the life of the engine.

Integrated turbocharger and exhaust manifold: For lower weight, quicker throttle response and easier packaging in the Cruze, the Ecotec 1.4L turbo uses a unique, integrated turbocharger and exhaust manifold. The turbocharger size was chosen with an emphasis on low-speed torque and throttle response. Typically, turbochargers are mounted at the outlet of the exhaust manifold or farther downstream in the exhaust system, but this design incorporates the turbocharger’s turbine housing into the exhaust manifold as a single component. It requires fewer parts, is lighter than a conventional system, helps lower engine compartment temperatures and helps the engine warm up faster. The faster warm-up benefits emissions performance, as it enables a close-coupled catalytic converter that promotes a quick “light off.”

The turbocharger is lubricated by engine oil and is liquid cooled for long-term reliability. The pressurized air charge is cooled via an air-to-air intercooling system prior to entering the engine. This lowers the temperature of the inlet air for more a more effective boost charge.

Electronically controlled thermostat: The coolant thermostat’s operating point is electronically controlled to optimize engine temperatures during different phases of operation to enhance fuel efficiency. The engine control module monitors sensors and controls the thermostat based on mapping that takes into account the wide range of engine operating conditions, including temperature and load.

Ecotec 1.8L details

The Chevrolet Cruze’s naturally aspirated Ecotec 1.8L engine (standard on Cruze LS) has many of the same features of the Ecotec 1.4L turbo. It is a compact and durable four-cylinder engine that combines competitive performance with sophisticated technologies, such as a variable-geometry intake manifold, low maintenance, low emissions and excellent fuel efficiency. Highlights include:

  • Structural, lightweight (hollow-frame) cast gray iron cylinder block
  • Dual-overhead camshaft configuration with four valves per cylinder
  • Dual continuously variable camshaft phasing
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Lightweight direct-acting hydraulic tappets with reduced friction
  • Hollow-cast camshafts
  • Oil-water heat exchanger
  • Piston-cooling oil jets
  • Electronically controlled cooling system
  • Extended-life coolant
  • Long life (100,000-mile) spark plugs

“Our engineers have packed a lot of technology into a small-displacement package,” said Curtis Andreski, assistant chief engineer for the Ecotec 1.8L. “The variable intake manifold, for example, gives the Ecotec 1.8L the performance of a larger engine without a fuel efficiency penalty, while other technologies help deliver a long life with minimal maintenance.”

The Ecotec 1.8L’s two-stage variable intake manifold optimizes fuel economy and performance. At engine speeds below 4,000 rpm, inlet air passes through 35.8-inch-long (910 mm) intake tracts that help increase torque. At speeds greater than 4,000 rpm, a rotary sleeve within the lightweight composite intake manifold closes off the full length of the intake tracts, forcing air through a shorter, 10.2-inch (260 mm) path that helps build horsepower.

The rotary sleeve helps minimize airflow resistance at higher speeds, ensuring the maximum cross section area in the open position. The cross section of the intake runners is constant, with the length of the runners reduced by 60 percent in the closed position (greater than 4,000 rpm). This two-stage manifold helps the Ecotec 1.8L produce approximately 90 percent of peak torque from 2,400 rpm to 6,500 rpm, giving it a strong, responsive feel in all driving conditions.

Six-speed transmissions

A pair of six-speed transmissions – a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic – match the Ecotec 1.4L turbo for optimal performance and fuel efficiency. The six-speed manual transmission delivers a wide spread of ratios with a “tall” top gear that optimizes fuel economy. The gearing in the Cruze Eco’s six-speed is specific, and helps the model achieve its estimated highway rating of up to 40 mpg. All of the Cruze’s six-speed manual transmissions include triple-cone synchronization in first and second gears for easier engagement, as well as a synchronized reverse gear.

The six-speed automatic’s torque converter design and transmission gearing bolster engine power and contribute to a stronger feeling of performance. It features an on-axis design that allows more compact packaging that enhances crash crumple zone performance, interior space and a lower, sleeker hood line. Rather than the transmission being “folded” around the end of the engine, the on-axis design puts the gear sets on the same axis as the engine crankshaft centerline.

Shifts within the automatic transmission are accomplished by applying and disengaging clutches simultaneously, which provides a more direct feel to the driver, compared to “freewheeling” gear change mechanisms. On the road, a wide selection of shift patterns is adapted to the styles and habits of the driver, anticipating when maximum acceleration or maximum efficiency is required. The electronic control also adapts to the prevailing road conditions, reducing gear shifting when climbing or descending and using engine braking assistance during down changes.

The six-speed automatic also features ActiveSelect manual control, which allows sequential driver gear selection via the shift lever. The transmission also has neutral gear disengagement at idle, which reduces vibration and improves fuel economy.

About Chevrolet

Chevrolet is a global automotive brand, with annual sales of about 3.5 million vehicles in more than 130 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. In the U.S., the Chevrolet portfolio includes: iconic performance cars, such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long lasting pickups and SUVs, such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers, such as Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers “gas-friendly to gas-free” solutions including the Cruze Eco and Volt, both arriving in late 2010. Cruze Eco will offer up to an estimated 40 mpg highway while the Chevrolet Volt will offer up to 40 miles of electric, gas-free driving and an additional 300 miles of extended range (based on GM testing; official EPA estimates not yet available). Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security, and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response, and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models, fuel solutions, and OnStar availability can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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Should I buy a GM car?


On July 10, 2009, the “new” GM emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is now a leaner, more streamlined company, ready to compete in the automotive market. There is no reason not to buy a Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, or GMC vehicle. However, there are some considerations when choosing from an “old” GM brand. For instance, the future of Hummer, Saab, and Saturn is not yet carved in stone. Even when it is, it is unclear who will support current versions of those products, or for how long. Sales of these divisions are in process. Pontiac is being phased out, and finding long-term support for its products may be more difficult than with other brands.

That said, GM is offering some tempting sales incentives on many of its models, including ones that we recommend. And with slow auto sales and too much inventory, dealers are ready to negotiate. So, it’s likely that you could get a very good deal.

Several recent GM models have done well in our testing and are very competitive in their classes. Consumer Reports recommends the Buick Lucerne V8, the Cadillac DTS, the Chevrolet Avalanche, HHR, Malibu, and Silverado, and the GMC Sierra. The Cadillac CTS, and GM’s quartet of three-row, crossover SUVs (Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Saturn Outlook) all did well in our tests, but are not recommended due to below-average reliability in their first years.

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