As Maine schools begin to welcome students back into the classrooms, academic and athletic groups are looking for ways to earn funds. UScellular’s Community Connections program enables K-12 youth organizations to earn money for equipment, travel and resources completely online by doing simple, digital activities.

According to a UScellular press release, organizers can register their groups at communityconnections.uscellular.com to start earning up to $1,000 in sponsorship support.

Tabatha McKay, area vice president/general manager for UScellular in New England, said the company hopes “to support the goals our children and students set for themselves” by making it easy for youth organizations to earn money with a “tech-forward and simple platform.”

Once registered, local K-12 nonprofit academic and athletic groups can then rally their friends, family and social networks to perform up to five digital activities within 14 days to earn sponsorship dollars.

Activities include watching a short video, visiting UScellular’s website and answering a short survey. Each completed activity earns money directly for the organization – up to $1,000 – and the website makes it easy to spread the word on social media.

Since launching the Community Connections program in 2015, UScellular has awarded $1.5 million to over 3,200 K-12 groups nationwide.

UScellular has assisted local groups that focus on sports, academics, arts, after-school programs, dance, band, robotics and more.

For more information and to view the official rules, go to communityconnections.uscellular.com.