TDS donates $1,000 to Friends of Oregon School District

Friends of Oregon School District is among the top vote-getters by TDS employees in the 50 for 50 Golden Year of Giving initiative.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Telephone and Data Systems (NYSE:TDS) has launched the 50 for 50 Golden Year of Giving initiative. In conjunction with its subsidiaries—TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions, Suttle-Straus and U.S. Cellular—the company will be giving $50,000 to charities across the country in 2019, based solely on employee recommendations and votes.

One of the recipients is Friends of Oregon School District, an organization founded by parents in the Oregon (Wisconsin) School District to eliminate barriers to success. Some of the obstacles the charity helps students overcome are hunger, transportation to and from school and extracurricular activities, access to technology, and adult role models and mentors. The charity was nominated by TDS Telecom Senior Network Specialist Tom Schaefer, a parent in the school district.

“I have seen firsthand how this [organization] has positively affected students that attend school with my children in the district,” said Schaefer. “It’s exciting to see the community come together during the fund raisers they have and hear how they put the donations, like the one from TDS, to use.”

Some examples of what the organization was able to accomplish in 2017-18 include:

  • 28,957 snacks delivered to Oregon Schools
  • 483 food packs delivered for school breaks
  • 220 food gift cards purchased for school breaks
  • $6,650 raised to support Adopt-A-Kid’s lunch balance

This is one of many charitable organizations that will receive support from the TDS 50 for 50 Golden Year of Giving initiative. Through November 2019, employees have the opportunity to nominate, and then vote for charities selected by their co-workers. The two organizations that garner the most votes each month will receive $3,000 and $1,000, respectively. In December, employees will vote again and two of the 22 winning organizations will receive an additional $4,000 or $2,000.


The founder of Telephone and Data Systems, Roy Carlson, once said, “I firmly believe that a local community is best served by local people who are aware of local needs.”

For TDS, being good citizens has always been a part of the company’s mission. The company viewed this anniversary celebration as a natural way to celebrate and give back. For more information about community involvement, visit tdstelecom.com.


Media Contact: Garrett Seymour | Intern – Communications | TDS | 608-664-5529 | Garrett.Seymour@tdstelecom.com

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across the U.S. With more than 1.2 million connections, TDS is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 1 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com.

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs nearly 2,700 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, TDS Inc. employs 9,400 people and has approximately six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. TDS Inc. has been named to several Forbes lists, including America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Visit tdsinc.com.

Updated February 2019

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