Company urges youth groups to seek funds

MAINE — A cellular service carrier has invited youth groups to earn support for their causes.

For the sixth year in a row, youth-focused organizations in Maine can earn up to $1,000 through U.S. Cellular’s Community Connections program. Whether it’s a Little League baseball team, high school debate team, marching band, youth cheer squad or a variety of other groups, organizers can sign their group up to start earning sponsorship support.

Once registered, local non-profit academic and athletic groups representing youth up to 12th grade have 14 days to rally their friends, families and supporters to complete online activities that include taking short surveys, watching videos or following the company on its social channels. Each completed activity earns money that goes directly to the organization – up to $1,000.

“Six years ago, we decided that in addition to sponsoring college and professional sports teams across the country, we wanted to support youth programs that provide kids here in Maine with fun and meaningful experiences every day,” said Matt Kasper, director of sales at U.S. Cellular in New England. 

Since launching the program in 2015, the company has awarded $1.4 million to nearly 3,000 groups nationwide. For more information, to apply or view the official rules, visit at

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