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UScellular Committing $100,000 to Support STEM Education Through DonorsChoose

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New Study: Half of Parents Think Remote Learning Negatively Impacted Their Child
UScellular Committing $100,000 to Support STEM Education Through DonorsChoose

MADISON, Wis. (June 16, 2021) – The COVID-19 pandemic created a tumultuous landscape in education for students and teachers who juggled the everchanging in-person, remote and hybrid learning models. These unexpected barriers led UScellular to commit $100,000 to DonorsChoose to support teachers and their students this summer to help them prepare for the next school year. DonorsChoose is a non-profit organization that connects public school teachers with interested donors who want to support classroom projects.

In May 2021, UScellular, surveyed parents[1] regarding their child(ren)’s learning during the pandemic. The results showed:

  • Half of parents think remote learning negatively impacted their child’s learning
  • 1 in 4 parents feel their child needs tutoring over the summer
  • Nearly 50% of parents would be interested in extra assistance for their child

“Parents and youth have experienced tremendous effects on education as a result of the pandemic,” said Deirdre Drake, executive vice president and chief people officer at UScellular. “By teaming up with DonorsChoose, we’re addressing gaps in STEM education and helping educators receive vital funding to prepare youth for the careers of today and the future.”

Teachers are able to request funding for their classroom projects by visiting DonorsChoose.org/teachers.  While funds last, UScellular will provide a 1:1 funding match for classroom projects that are within the regions that UScellular serves, $1,000 or less and have a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) focus. To provide better accessibility and equity to STEM learning, classrooms that receive UScellular funding will be in communities where 90% or more of the students are from low-income households. The $100,000 donation from UScellular will take place this summer to help teachers prepare for the return of students to classrooms in the fall, with 10% of the funding going towards projects that directly address summer school needs. According to a recent DonorsChoose survey, technology materials are in highest demand for both in-person and remote instruction.

“Our company cares passionately about our local communities,” continued Drake. “It’s through organizations like DonorsChoose that we’re able to build better communities and support educators who are critical to the success of youth across the country.”

UScellular has a longstanding commitment to supporting its local communities through donations and volunteerism. Since 2009, the company has donated more than $20.7 million along with countless experiences and technology items to nonprofit organizations across the country. For more information about UScellular’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, please go to https://www.uscellular.com/get-to-know-us/community-outreach.

About UScellular

UScellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier is building a stronger network with the latest 5G technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. To learn more about UScellular, visit one of its retail stores or www.uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with UScellular on Facebook.com/uscellularTwitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.

About DonorsChoose

DonorsChoose is the leading way to give to public schools. Since 2000, 4.8 million people and partners have contributed $1 billion to support 1.9 million teacher requests for classroom resources and experiences. As the most trusted crowdfunding platform for teachers, donors, and district administrators alike, DonorsChoose vets each request, ships the funded resources directly to the classroom, and provides thank yous and reporting to donors and school leaders. Charity Navigator and GuideStar have awarded DonorsChoose, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, their highest ratings for transparency and accountability. For more information, visit www.donorschoose.org.

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[1] April 2021 C+R Research: 150 online interviews were conducted among parents and/or guardians of children ages 4-17 who attended any form of remote learning since March 2020.

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UScellular Donates $30,000 to Boys & Girls Club of Dane County

Wireless Carrier’s Grant Focuses on Education and Inspiring Interest in STEM-centered Careers

Madison, WI (May 13, 2021) – UScellular has announced a $30,000 investment in Boys & Girls Club of Dane County to provide educational opportunities and experiences to local youth. UScellular’s investment supports K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and academic enrichment programs for members at the Club. This is part of a $1 million donation the company made to support 20 Boys & Girls Clubs across its service areas.

This continued emphasis on STEM learning and experience is designed to prepare students of today for careers of tomorrow, inspiring children to explore STEM careers and opportunities for their future.

“As America’s locally grown wireless carrier, supporting local educational initiatives like the Boys & Girls Clubs’ STEM programming is in UScellular’s DNA,” said Christine Paulsen, Director of Sales for UScellular in Wisconsin. “It is our goal that through new learning opportunities, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County members will dream big and apply what they learn towards their future careers.”

“We are thrilled to work with UScelluar once again to support STEM education for kids across the country,” said Jim Clark, president & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Now more than ever, kids need caring mentors and safe places where they can learn, grow and have fun. Through UScellular’s support, even more youth will experience new opportunities through impact-driven programming that will inspire and empower them to achieve great futures.”

UScellular associates didn’t let a pandemic stop them from donating their resources in 2020. The company’s associates took part in a variety of virtual volunteer activities, participating in more than 2,000 volunteer experiences to give back throughout the year. They also donated $250,000 to more than 500 organizations, which was then doubled by UScellular through its donation matching program.

UScellular has a longstanding commitment to supporting its local communities through donations and volunteerism. Since 2009, the company has donated more than $20.7 million along with countless experiences and technology items to nonprofit organizations across the country. For more information about UScellular’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, please go to https://www.uscellular.com/get-to-know-us/community-outreach.

About UScellular

UScellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier is building a stronger network with the latest 5G technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. To learn more about UScellular, visit one of its retail stores or www.uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with UScellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.

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Julie Embling, Public Relations Counsel
630-388-9933 (cellphone)
jembling@laughlin.com

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NGL corporate and employee gifts total $140,000 for United Way of Dane County

National Guardian Life Insurance Company (NGL) is pleased to announce that its corporate gift combined with employees’ personal pledges and donations totaled $140,000 to support United Way of Dane County in 2020.

“United Way of Dane County is an integral member of our community and an organization NGL is proud to support. Through its strategic partnerships and collaborative efforts, United Way is connecting people to valuable resources, which strengthens our community and leads to better outcomes for everyone,” said Knut Olson, NGL President & CEO.

For more than 70 years NGL has proudly partnered with and supported United Way of Dane County. Funding to United Way of Dane County is focused on the areas of education, income and health with the goals to help build a community where everyone can succeed in school, work and life.

In addition to NGL’s corporate donation of $70,000 and employee payroll deductions, employees generously donate through fundraising events. Each year, the NGL employee campaign incorporates a variety of activities to donate to and participate in. This year we had to create virtual employee fundraisers, including bingo, paint night, trivia nights, blind auction and a fitness challenge.

“This has been a challenging and unpredictable year for everyone. It is so inspiring to witness our team members come together, virtually, to give back and make a difference in our communities. Each person who donated, volunteered and participated in the activities we offered helped to make our campaign so successful. I’m honored to work with compassionate people who treat others with care and kindness, especially during these difficult times,” said Jessica Grann, NGL Vice President, Chief Culture and Communications Officer. “I would also like to extend our deep appreciation to United Way for helping us organize and coordinate our annual campaign. Their ideas and guidance made it easy for us to transition to a virtual campaign.”

About United Way of Dane County

United Way of Dane County engages the community, mobilizes volunteers and strengthens local nonprofits to achieve measurable results and change lives. To learn more, visit UnitedWayDaneCounty.org.

About NGL

Established in 1909 National Guardian Life Insurance Company (NGL) is an insurance company headquartered in Madison, Wis. Licensed to do business in 49 states and the District of Columbia, NGL markets preneed and individual life and annuities, as well as group markets products. Information about NGL can be found at www.nglic.com; Facebook: Facebook.com/NGLIC and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/national-guardian-life-insurance-company.

National Guardian Life Insurance Company is not affiliated with The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America a/k/a The Guardian or Guardian Life.

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The North Shore Experience

North Shore Property Management Inc. of Madison has developed a revolutionary concept for the property management industry. Our new and bold mission statement now centers not only on just the bottom line but giving back to our community.  At North Shore Property Management, starting on January 1, 2021, we are excited to announce that we have created the NORTH SHORE ExperienceⓇ . We know that its not just your home, its a lifestyle.

The NORTH SHORE Experience started with a vision.  We’ve seen COVID change our lives forever in so many ways.  It doesn’t take much to look around and realize the devastation this virus has caused to so many people financially as well as emotionally.  North Shore Property Management has developed the NORTH SHORE Experience.  The NORTH SHORE Experience offers all our tenants opportunities to give back to their community in many different ways.

Once a month we offer our tenants, during our ZOOM social and game night, a forum to present their not-so-random acts of kindness. Not-so-random acts of kindness include volunteering for their community, church or just helping others.  Each resident will have the same opportunity and a public forum to show what they have done to give back to their community.  We believe that we are here to serve each other, to try to make each of our lives better and we believe the NORTH SHORE Experience encourages that.

Here’s how it works; during our monthly zoom party with our tenants, they will be given an opportunity to present to other members of their community their not-so-random act of kindness. As a result, they will automatically receive an opportunity to get entered into drawings for rent credits, prizes and other incentives.  But more importantly they will get a chance to let everyone know what they are doing to help others. Each participant will be recognized of their achievements.  Our Zoom meetings will be hosted by our full-time events coordinator.

As fellow Chamber of Commerce members and area businesses, we need your help to make this program a success.  The NORTH SHORE Experience is self-funded.  In other words, we don’t charge our customers for this but rely on contributions from our community and specifically business owners and private donations.  We also would like to encourage your business to participate in the NORTH SHORE Experience in that we can help set this up for your business as well!

Please contact us to learn more about the NORTH SHORE Experience and ways you can help. The NORTH SHORE Experience transcends not just community but we’ve also developed a PROPERTY MANAGEMENT PACKAGE for multi-family communities which includes utilizing the NORTH SHORE Experience for your housing community.  Please contact us at cory@northshorepropertymgt.com to learn more about us or simply call us at 920-395-4684.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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Destination Madison Launches #ShopMadison Campaign Urging Community to Support Local Businesses

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CONTACT INFORMATION
Anna Shircel
PR & Communications Manager
920-980-8472; shircel@visitmadison.com

Destination Madison Launches #ShopMadison Campaign Urging Community to Support Local Businesses

Campaign Toolkit Available for Businesses and Nonprofits to Promote Buying Local 

MADISON, WIS. (December 3, 2020) – As COVID continues to impact the lives and livelihoods of people throughout greater Madison, buying local is critical this holiday season. Dane County is full of unique shops and restaurants owned by passionate people in need of help during this tough 2020. To promote the importance of saving these treasured community assets, Destination Madison announced the kick-off of a new “Shop Madison” campaign and pledge. The campaign, launched in collaboration with a number of local business groups and associations, urges Dane County residents to pledge to support at least ten local businesses by December 31, 2020.

“When you make a purchase from a local business, you are supporting your neighbors and your community. Shopping local keeps money in Dane County, which helps preserve the vibrant and diverse quality of life we enjoy here,” said Deb Archer, President and CEO of Destination Madison. 

“Why go to the Amazon when you can shop the Isthmus?” said Jason Ilstrup, President of Downtown Madison, Inc. “Every dollar spent at small businesses in Dane County, from State Street to South Park Street, Middleton to Sun Prairie, supports people in our community who offer the services and supplies that make our lives better in Madison.”

“The Madison business community is resilient, diverse and is available to service many of our needs. Despite limited financial support from our government, they continue to work diligently to keep their business doors open,” remarked Camille Carter, President and CEO of Madison Black Chamber of Commerce. “It’s essential that we support them in every way possible. Seek them out because they do exist and matter. You can also use local resources like the Madison Black and Latino chambers of commerce to help find local, small businesses. But do shop local!”

Residents can offer support through carryout or dine-in at a local restaurant, buying gifts from one of the many local shops and boutiques in greater Madison, booking a night at a hotel for a quick getaway, donating to a local nonprofit, or sharing love and messages to local businesses on social media. Businesses, nonprofits and business associations can access a free #ShopMadison toolkit to promote buying local to their audiences.

Take the “Shop Madison” pledge here. Follow @visitmadison on Facebook and Instagram to discover curated, local gift ideas this holiday season.

About Destination Madison: Destination Madison is honored to play a key role in supporting the thousands of Dane County jobs supported by tourism.  Promoting tourism in Madison since 1972, Destination Madison continues to work strategically to expand upon the more than $1.4 billion dollars generated by visitor spending in Dane County in 2019. For the most up-to-date information, visit our website visitmadison.com