Pear, US Cellular team up to raise money for high school groups

KENNEWICK – High school groups within a 50-mile radius of Kennewick, Richland and Pasco have an opportunity to earn up to $1,000 in cash funding or custom apparel through the “Better Community Connections” sponsorship program from U.S. Cellular and Pear.

High school groups, from sports teams to academic clubs, can utilize their social networks to complete online tasks to earn sponsorship dollars for the items they need most. The best part is that it’s completely free.

“We all know that high school groups can use a little extra money, from traveling to a competition and paying for equipment, to custom apparel or paying for event expenses,” said Jared Golden, Pear’s co-founder.

“Pear was designed to bring two organizations together - those seeking funding and those seeking groups to sponsor. This ‘Better Community Connections’ sponsorship is a win-win for both parties and makes it easy for high school groups to earn funding.”

To participate, visit to create a sponsorship page, and then invite friends, family and others to join. Once a sponsorship page is created, the group has 10 days to earn up to $1,000 toward a donation or custom apparel.

The more people who support the page and interact with U.S. Cellular on the site, the more money the group earns. Groups can earn points by completing simple online tasks, like visiting U.S. Cellular’s website, subscribing to an email list, liking U.S. Cellular on Facebook or answering a survey. There is no purchase necessary to participate.

As an added bonus, the first 30 Pears that are created in the “Better Community Connections” program will automatically receive $100.

Groups have until the end of the year to join the “Better Community Connections” program. Adult groups will be allowed to participate as long as they are in support of a high school purpose, including parent-teacher associations, booster clubs and similar groups.

For more information about Pear or the sponsorship, visit


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