TDS aims to celebrate all associates that give back to their communities.
Here are our most recent featured volunteers.
Cross Plains, Wisconsin
Kristi Kenyon is recognized by leadership at the Ice Age Trail Alliance as one of their “go-to volunteers” in Dane County, Wisconsin. She regularly volunteers her time in a variety of ways to help advance the Alliance’s goals of conserving, creating, maintaining, and promoting the beautiful 1,200-mile trail. Whether it be getting out and leading hikes for school and community groups at trail segments or advocating for the trail in informational booths at community events, conferences, or fundraising events, Kristi has been a huge asset since her involvement with the organization began in 2010.
“I love the benefits the trail provides me from a physical and mental aspect, just getting out and being active,” Kristi said. “I also love the personal aspect of volunteering. I love getting out there, welcoming people into the group, sharing experiences with them, and teaching them something they may not have known before.”
St. George, Utah
From philanthropic dates with his wife to solo volunteering after a full day’s work, Tyler Hunsaker never wastes an opportunity to give back to the communities of St. George and Washington, Utah. Tyler and his wife recently began volunteering with Love Where You Live Utah—a group that provides the community with roadside cleanup and works with local government and businesses to promote change.
Tyler also enjoys giving back to the children in his community. Last year, he started a Rotary Club in his hometown, which is part of an international service organization that works locally and globally to support education and job training programs for those in need.
“It’s great to work for TDS, a company that cares about us and encourages us to get involved in our communities,” Tyler said.
In addition to serving as the co-lead for TDS’ Green Associate Resource Group (ARG), which is dedicated to encouraging environmentally responsible behavior at work and at home, Leah also volunteers her time with a number of different organizations in Milton, Wisconsin.
She’s a commissioner of the Historic Preservation Commission, is treasurer of the Lion’s Club, serves on the Milton Parks and Recreation subcommittee for the Milton Public Library’s Story Gardens, and volunteers her time and energy towards the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign.
“Volunteering has always been a big part of my life,” Leah said. “Any time an opportunity to volunteer was presented to me throughout my school and college years, I’d take the opportunity right away. After school, though, I noticed those opportunities were far less common. That’s when I started seeking out opportunities to help out and better the community.”
Kevin Didriksen’s desire to help others started when he was 16, when he began serving Thanksgiving dinners at a local senior center. As a young adult, he began searching for other ways to help his community. That’s when he first got involved with the Salvation Army—ringing bells at local grocery stores and helping with the Salvation Army Toy Drive.
Now a husband and father of three young girls, Kevin knows volunteering is more important than ever.
“Although we’re doing OK, I want my kids to know that not everyone is as fortunate as us,” Kevin said. “By bringing them to help serve meals or ring bells, they get to have fun and see how we can make a difference in someone else’s life, firsthand. It helps them get out of their bubble, expand their horizons, and gives them a better understanding of the world.”
Kevin and his family also actively volunteer at the Mesquite Food Drive, Southern Nevada Home Builders Home Aid, Southern Utah Home Builders Association, and Mesquite Recreation Center.