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InTouch Credit Union Presents $2,500 Check to Cell Phones for Soldiers
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 6:50 AM

InTouch Credit Union presented a check for $2,500 to Cell Phones for Soldiers (CPFS) on March 12 at the InTouch Sterling Branch in Virginia. Lindsay Argo, assistant vice president of regional branch operations presented the check.

InTouch began their latest donation drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers in October 2014, and true to the spirit of the season, kept the drive going through almost the end of the year.

InTouch first began their work with CPFS earlier in 2014, as the credit union "cell-ebrated" their 40th anniversary. In the spirit of "not for profit, not for charity, but for service," InTouch and their members previously donated a total of $4,000 to CPFS, along with several hundred cell phones and accessories.

CPFS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that collects donated cell phones, which they then refurbish or recycle for the purpose of purchasing prepaid international calling cards for troops overseas to connect with their loved ones at home. On average, the funds earned through these phone donations generate 30 minutes of talk time per dollar.

Robbie Bergquist founded CPFS with his sister, Brittany Bergquist, when he was just 12 years old. Over the past decade, they have provided more than 213 million minutes of free talk time for U.S. servicemen and women stationed overseas. Robbie, now 22, recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst.

"Cell Phones for Soldiers truly is a lifeline," said Robbie Bergquist. "To withstand time being apart and the pressure of serving our country, maintaining the family connection is critical. We appreciate being able to provide those precious phone conversations thanks to the incredible support of InTouch Credit Union and its members."

For their latest donation drive, InTouch offered a matching donation to CPFS of $1 per cell phone received, as well as a dollar-for-dollar match of any monetary donations received from the public, up to $2,500. During the drive, credit union branches collected numerous cell phones and phone accessories. While they did not reach their goal of 2,500, the credit union still decided to go beyond its matching promise and donate a total of $2,500 to the organization, including any donations made by the membership.

"At InTouch, we strive to be of service to both our members and our community," said Diane Gerstner, executive vice president of InTouch Credit Union. "We truly believe in the idea of people helping people. That is why we have been so excited to celebrate our anniversary in this unique way, encouraging the involvement of our membership. Much like the success of our credit union, we couldn't have achieved success with this donation drive without the participation of our members."

InTouch presented a check for $2,500 to Cell Phones for Soldiers on March 12 at InTouch's Sterling branch in Virginia.

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InTouch Credit Union
is a financial cooperative that has been proudly serving its members since 1974. Featuring 21 branches in five states with additional access to a nationwide network of 5,000 plus CU Service Centers, InTouch CU currently averages assets of $800 million and serves more than 83,000 members across all 50 states, as well as more than 20 countries around the world. For more information, go to the website at ITCU.org.

Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc. is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones for Soldiers has provided more than 213 million "Minutes That Matter" to deployed troops. Since 2012, "Helping Heroes Home" has provided emergency funds for more than 2,700 returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest pages.