2021 Impact COMO Award Winner


Most Impactful Philanthropic Company

Mike Burwell, Director of Retail Sales and Operations

Honorable Mentions

Monarch Title Company

Veterans United Home Loans

Since 2015, UScellular has been an integral part of the success of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia, especially in the areas of academics and STEM. Financially, they have invested more than $165,000 during that time and  donated 80 hotspots for kids without internet access at home, as well as 25 tablets, hygiene kits, and additional Wi-Fi access points this year.

“Their continued support of STEM learning and experiences is designed to prepare the Club kids of today for careers of tomorrow, inspiring kids to explore STEM careers and opportunities for their future,” says Kerrie Bloss of Boys & Girls Club of Columbia.

Their support, however, goes well beyond a financial contribution. Each February, UScellular holds a “Black History Month Art Contest” for Club kids. Kids create artwork in recognition of influential Black people from around the globe. Finalists are then advanced to a public vote at a local UScellular location. 

The organization also provides a photo booth at the Club’s holiday party, sends volunteers for their end of summer celebration, participates on their chili cookoff committee, and volunteers their time to read monthly to one of their school sites. 

Mike Burwell, director of retail sales and operations, enjoys being a champion for the Club. His role is to support any local efforts that are needed, including Club projects and fundraisers. His mantra is to make a difference in his own life by helping others. “I am not shy to ask for physical, financial, or other help. When you believe in something, it’s easy,” he says. “What they do matters!”

And the support UScellular provides the Club does not go unnoticed.

“The team at UScellular is truly [full of] unsung heroes,” Kerrie Bloss says. “It is our honor to have them in our corner, as they truly believe in the great futures of kids in Columbia!”