Martwick partners with Cell Phones For Soldiers to connect soldiers with loved ones

old cell phones2CHICAGO – Local residents can lend a hand to soldiers overseas by helping them stay in touch with loved ones.

State Senator Robert Martwick (D-Chicago) is excited to announce his office’s partnership with Cell Phones For Soldiers, a nonprofit organization which provides free communication services to active duty military personnel and veterans.

“This program helps keep families and loved ones connected when our military men and women often need it the most,” Martwick said. “Join us in helping lend a hand to our brave heroes. Donating used and gently used cellphones is a small way for us to show our support for our men and women overseas.”

Martwick has designated his office at 6315 N. Milwaukee Ave., Suite 101 in Chicago as a permanent drop off location for residents.

Residents can donate newer, gently used cell phones for men and women in the military to use, or they can donate broken or outdated mobile phones to be recycled for parts, with the resulting funds used to purchase prepaid international calling cards.

Cell Phones For Soldiers was founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13, and has since provided more than 300 million minutes of free talk time to members of the military stationed around the world.

For more information, residents can contact the district office at (773) 286-1115 or visit

Sen. Robert Martwick

Sen. Robert Martwick

10th District

Years served: 2019–Present

Committee assignments: Public Health; Judiciary; Criminal Law; Government Accountability/Pensions; Licensed Activities; Revenue.

Biography: Attorney; B.A., economics, Boston College; J.D., John Marshall Law School; former Cook County Assistant State's Attorney, in areas of domestic violence, child support enforcement, DUI and general criminal prosecutions; former trustee, Norwood Park Township; former trustee, Village of Norridge; married with two children.

Associated Representatives:
Lindsey LaPointe
Bradley Stephens