Open Door Bird Sanctuary in Sevastopol received a $500 Green Gift from Cellcom Wednesday.
The sanctuary was one of 12 green organizations in Cellcom's service area to share in $31,500 in funds. The gift was part of Cellcom's initiative to give back to green nonprofits.
The Open Door Bird Sanctuary aims to raise avian awareness while inspiring people to coexist with the natural world that surrounds them. When fully functional, the sanctuary will be the only facility of its kind in the area, offering a unique combination of environmental and wildlife education. The short term goal is to develop the first stage of on-site and outreach programming by obtaining non-native birds of prey, which will be housed and cared for on site. The Green Gift will support this effort.
"These birds are education ambassadors as we visit schools, group homes, festivals, and other gatherings, sharing our mission of environmental awareness. A close personal experience with some of nature's most amazing animals inspires all those who attend an educational program featuring raptors," said Rob Hults, director of Open Door. "We have seen this translate directly into environmental stewardship, volunteerism, and even setting a course toward higher education in the environmental sciences."
Since 2004 Cellcom has offered a cellphone recycling program where customers can bring in their old or unwanted phones to be reused and recycled. Cellcom sends the phones to recyclers who in return send money to Cellcom for the materials that were saved from the phones. Cellcom has always donated this money back to local nonprofits.
In 2010, Cellcom launched the Green Gift program, donating their recycling funds to green nonprofit initiatives in an effort to complete the green cycle that starts with consumers being environmentally-conscious and donating their devices.